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3:30 PM ET, June 26, 2012

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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.
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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 …
Politico:
Issa escalates ‘Furious’ war
Discussion: Riehl World View
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Issa to Obama: Either you're involved in Fast and Furious or your executive privilege claim is unjustified
Discussion: Hot Air
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems seek to recast Holder furor as GOP effort to suppress votes
A.W. / Allergic to Bull:
What Happened Tonight  —  So anyone following along on twitter know the basics.  I was SWATted tonight.  My wife was down in the basement, and unknown to me she had fallen asleep in an uncomfortable position while watching TV.  I was just finishing up a post where I was going to share …
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: More would be pleased if health law ruled unconstitutional  —  With the U.S. Supreme Court set to decide on President Obama's health-care law on Thursday, more Americans say they would be pleased if the law is ruled unconstitutional than constitutional, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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Los Angeles Times:
After winning right to spend, political groups fight for secrecy
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: If health law invalidated, Obama's first term was a waste
Discussion: CNN
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Warren blasts Mitt at Obama fundraiser  —  BOSTON — It was almost as if she was behind a lectern at Harvard again, teaching a lesson.  —  Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren took direct aim at Mitt Romney at an Obama fundraiser on Monday, dredging up his remark that “corporations are people.”
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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.
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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 and The Daily Caller
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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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Senator Suggests Impeaching Obama Over Immigration Policies  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) floated the possibility of impeaching President Obama over the administration's recent decisions on immigration, during an appearance on Bill Bennett's radio show on Tuesday.
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Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Jon Kyl Blames Obama For Failure Of Immigration Reform Under Bush
Discussion: Taking Note and Daily Kos
WRTV-TV:
Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa's Ashes On Floor  —  Indianapolis Man Furious Over Treatment At Florida Airport Checkpoint  —  INDIANAPOLIS — A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.
BuzzFeed:
White House: Donors Weren't Booing Obama  —  Booo-urns!  They “were saying ‘Yoooook and not Booo’ for God's sake,” Jay Carney says.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that Boston donors to President Barack Obama campaign's booed the president …
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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.
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
Consumer Confidence In U.S. Declines To A Five-Month Low  —  Confidence among U.S. consumers dropped in June for a fourth consecutive month as mounting concern over jobs and incomes dimmed the outlook for spending.  —  The Conference Board's sentiment index fell to 62, a five- month low …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Jenny Marlar / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Continues to Slide
Discussion: AEIdeas, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA wins big in court challenge on greenhouse gases  —  In a surprisingly sweeping win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court said Tuesday that the EPA is “unambiguously correct” in its interpretation of the Clean Air Act when it comes to regulating greenhouse gases.
Natashajaynesmith / natasha smith:
“Please God.  Please make it stop.”  —  I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.  —  The atmosphere was one of jubilation, excitement, and happiness as I walked, accompanied by two male companions for safety along Kasr El Nil bridge.
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
On Booze, Meth, Suicide... and GOProud  —  Gay people abuse drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at higher rates than straight people do.  We also commit suicide at higher rates.  The haters on the religious right argue that these higher rates of self-harming behaviors are proof that the gay “lifestyle” is inherently dangerous and unhealthy.
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
The U-Va. president drama: Is it the Queen Bee scenario?  —  Let's be honest here.  —  Is the drama over the ouster of the University of Virginia's president so compelling because it makes us stare down the death of our culture's sacred, wood-paneled, leather-bound idea of higher education?
Discussion: Althouse
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pay Those Bills On Time Or Forfeit Right To Vote  —  If the 2012 general election winds up as a close GOP win, the odds are very high that the national GOP drive to restrict the franchise will deserve significant credit or blame.  You tend to think, quite rightly, of Florida as Ground zero …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead in Ohio down to 3  —  Barack Obama continues to lead Mitt Romney in Ohio, 47-44.  But that's Obama's weakest showing in the state in PPP's polling since last October.  He had led by 50-43 and 49-42 spreads in our two previous 2012 polls.  —  The big decline for Obama over the last couple months has been with white voters.
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Power of the Particular  —  They say you've never really seen a Bruce Springsteen concert until you've seen one in Europe, so some friends and I threw financial sanity to the winds and went to follow him around Spain and France.  In Madrid, for example, we were rewarded with a show …
weaskamerica.com:
VA & CO  —  We Ask America picks up its Big Ten presidential series with the two bookends of the mix: Virginia and Colorado.  —  VIRGINIA:  —  Virginia also has a barn-burner race for the U.S. Senate (that may be greatly influence by the presidential election) pitting Republican former Senator George Allen …
BuzzFeed:
Black Republicans Attack Eric Holder  —  Herman Cain and Ken Blackwell team up for a video critiquing Holder's stances with voting rights.  —  Former presidential candidate Herman Cain and conservative commentator Ken Blackwell have joined forces for a video attacking Attorney General Eric Holder for his positions on voter I.D. laws.
Discussion: theGrio
 
 
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Simon McCormack / The Huffington Post:
Xavius Scullark-Johnson, Prisoner, Dies After He's Denied Health Care
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina: Romney 47%, Obama 44%
Discussion: GOP 12, Examiner and Ballot Box
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
German judges rule parents can be brought to court for circumcising children
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Atlas Shrugs
Jeff Carter / Points and Figures:
Watch Out For More Deflation
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Time to Occupy State Pensions?
Paul Campos / Salon:
Antonin Scalia, ranting old man
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
George Washington's individual mandates
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Awl
CBS News:
Condoleezza Rice says “no way” to VP for Romney
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Stuck In A Box  —  Want to better understand the bind Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Suspended reporter tweeted: Racism ‘secret sauce in the Politico sh*tburger’
Discussion: Mediaite
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's big moment
Roxana Tiron / Bloomberg:
Congress Said To Delay Automatic Budget Cuts Until March
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Sasha Issenberg / The Atlantic Online:
Abolish the Secret Ballot
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Los Angeles Times
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ:
Bob Dole: Great American
Discussion: Maggie's Farm