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4:00 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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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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Issa accuses Obama of involvement in ‘Fast and Furious’ operation
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
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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Pema Levy / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Claire McCaskill Will Not Attend Democratic National Convention  —  Claire McCaskill will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, a McCaskill aide confirmed to TPM Tuesday.  McCaskill joins a list of vulnerable Democratic politicians whose home districts …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: If health law invalidated, Obama's first term was a waste  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney argued Tuesday that if the president's signature healthcare legislation was overturned Thursday by the Supreme Court, it would mean that President Obama's first term was a waste.
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: More would be pleased if health law ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
After winning right to spend, political groups fight for secrecy
Discussion: Politico
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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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
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown, Warren tied  —  PPP's newest poll on the Massachusetts Senate race finds it dead even, with Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown both at 46%.  Warren's now been at that exact same 46% mark in three PPP polls in a row dating back to last September.  Brown's increased his support from levels …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Warren blasts Mitt at Obama fundraiser
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.
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.
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Associated Press:
Federal Court Upholds EPA's Global Warming Rules
Discussion: Firedoglake and Unfogged
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate leaders: Deal on student loans, pending House GOP approval  —  Senate leaders say they have a deal on student loan legislation, pending approval by House Republicans, who have unexpectedly balked at Senate deals before.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
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 …
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Stuck In A Box  —  Want to better understand the bind Mitt Romney is in with respect to taking a stand on immigration?  Watch his surrogate's twisting this morning to get an idea.  —  Paul Werdel  —  Paul Werdel is an Associate Editor at TPM.  Before joining TPM he was a News Editor …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
 
 
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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
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
Consumer Confidence In U.S. Declines To A Five-Month Low
Discussion: Business Insider
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
 Earlier Items: 
BuzzFeed:
Black Republicans Attack Eric Holder
Discussion: theGrio
CBS News:
Condoleezza Rice says “no way” to VP for Romney
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
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ:
Bob Dole: Great American
Discussion: Maggie's Farm