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10:30 AM ET, June 26, 2012


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Issa escalates ‘Furious’ war  —  Rep. Darrell Issa escalated the legal war over Fast and Furious, directly accusing President Barack Obama of either abusing his power by withholding information or having his aides conspire with Justice Department officials to manage the aftermath of the failed ATF gun-walking program.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
ATF leader's email could be Fast and Furious smoking gun and Holder admitted Obama can't shield it  —  A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and The Hill
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Issa accuses Obama of involvement in Fast and Furious operation  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday accused President Obama of either obstructing a congressional investigation or of involvement in the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.  —  In a seven-page letter to the president …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems seek to recast Holder furor as GOP effort to suppress votes  —  Democrats are seeking to portray the Republican contempt motion against Attorney General Eric Holder as an assault on minority rights.  —  Republicans have repeatedly accused Holder and the Obama administration of stonewalling Congress …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police  —  The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline …
First Read /
First Thoughts: A limit to states' rights
Discussion: The Caucus and Guardian
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's big moment
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The Romney camp's line on Arizona (Updated)
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Arizona immigration ruling complicates Republicans' strategy with Hispanics
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
States' rights, no; corporate rights, yes
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Wonkette
Patterico's Pontifications:
Aaron Walker SWATted  —  No joke.  It happened around 6 p.m. Eastern.  I briefly talked with one of the police officers at the scene, who confirmed that someone had called saying he had shot his wife, and sent officers to Aaron's address.  —  I just got off the phone with Aaron and he and his wife are a little shaken up but OK.
A.W. / Allergic to Bull:
What Happened Tonight  —  So anyone following along on twitter know the basics.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bruce Godfrey / Law Office of Bruce Godfrey:
A Personal Statement About Professional Fortitude
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
A.W. / Allergic to Bull:
An Important Victory For Freedom of Expression
John Markoff / New York Times:
In a Big Network of Computers, Evidence of Machine Learning  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Inside Google's secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google scientists find evidence of machine learning  —  A neural network created by connecting 16,000 computer processors appears to support biologists' theories on how the human brain identifies objects.  Hint: It's all about the cats.  —  Follow @stevenmusil
Discussion: The Agonist
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Mulls Splitting in Two  —  News Corp. is considering splitting into two companies, separating its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses, say people familiar with the situation.  —  The split would carve off News Corp.'s film and television businesses …
News Corp. Considers Dividing Itself in Two
Tami Luhby /
Government wants more people on food stamps  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program.  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads …
On green jobs and DOE loans, the jury is still out  —  The Energy Department's clean-energy loan program hasn't yet yielded the kind of moonshot-style success that President Barack Obama envisions would transform the U.S. economy.  But its results also go well beyond the $535 million collapse of Solyndra.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Green company creates three jobs in three years, gets another $80 million from DOE
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Facebook Changed Everyone's Email to; Here's How to Fix Yours  —  Facebook just removed everyone's email address from their profile and replaced it with an email address without asking you.  Here's how to easily fix the problem.  —  Facebook launched …
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats May Drop Speedway Event At Charlotte Convention  —  Democrats are considering canceling their political convention's kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, as party planners grapple with a roughly $27 million fundraising deficit, according to two people familiar with matter.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Condoleezza Rice: VP offer ‘not going to happen’  —  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice looked to downplay speculation Tuesday that she could be inching up Mitt Romney's short list for vice president after a widely regarded policy briefing over the weekend to a meeting of the Republican presidential nominee's top donors.
Discussion: CNN
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ:   Bob Dole: Great American
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. gay rights advocate arrested over child porn  —  San Francisco police have arrested veteran gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin in connection with felony possession of child pornography.  —  Brinkin, 66, who worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission before his retirement in 2010, was taken into custody Friday night.
Romney Bus Circles, Honks Obama — Again Mitt Romney's campaign bus circled President Barack Obama's fundraiser tonight in Boston, the second time they've pulled the stunt in two weeks.  —  BOSTON — For the second time in as many weeks, Mitt Romney's campaign taunted President Barack Obama outside a speech.
Kelly Cernetich / PoliticsPA:
Turzai: Voter ID Law Means Romney Can Win PA  —  House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told the Republican State Committee that Voter ID will allow Romney to win PA.  —  State Treasurer candidate Diana Irey Vaughan may have stolen the show at the Republican State Committee meeting …
Sasha Issenberg / The Atlantic Online:
Abolish the Secret Ballot  —  For the United States' first century, Americans elected their leaders in full view of their neighbors, gathering on courthouse steps to announce their votes orally or hand a distinctive preprinted ballot or unfolded marked paper to a clerk.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Betsy's Page
Roxana Tiron / Bloomberg:
Congress Said To Delay Automatic Budget Cuts Until March  —  Republican and Democratic congressional leaders are weighing whether to delay automatic federal spending cuts until March 2013, according to a House aide and industry officials who were briefed on the discussions.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels  —  Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
Miranda Leitsinger /
Teen lesbian couple found shot in Texas park  —  Police are investing the shooting of two teenage girls in a small Texas community along the Gulf of Mexico.  KRIS reporter Lindsay Curtis has the story.  —  Two teenage girls in a relationship were found with gunshot wounds to the head in a south Texas park …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Captain America?  —  The most powerful office on earth?  —  Tell that to Barack Obama as he waits this week to learn the fate of his landmark health care legislation, achieved through such fierce effort, meant to be a cornerstone of his legacy, and now utterly out of his hands.
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Edith Honan / Reuters:
Reputation damaged, NY's Rangel battling to hold House seat
Discussion: Hotline On Call
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Suspended reporter tweeted: Racism ‘secret sauce in the Politico sh*tburger’
Discussion: Mediaite
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Alan Blinder: Stimulus Isn't a Dirty Word
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Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
For New York's Early Congressional Primaries, a Desperate Push for Turnout
Paul Revoir / Daily Mail:
Our coverage of the Arab Spring was over-excited, admits BBC
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jihad Watch
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U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave of absence
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“Anti-Semitic Elmo” Handcuffed, Removed By Ambulance From New York's Central Park
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Peter Spiegel / Financial Times:
EU plan to rewrite eurozone budgets
Anne Bayefsky / Jerusalem Post:
A Hamas victory at the UN Human Rights Council
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Thomas Friedman Writes His Only Column Again
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