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11:05 PM ET, June 26, 2012


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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Fetal Personhood Amendment Stalls Flood Insurance Bill … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , Rand Paul, Video, Floods, Floods, Flood Insurance Bill, Rand Paul Abortion, Rand Paul Abortion Amendment, Rand Paul Fetal Personhood, Rand Paul Personhood, Politics News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell say they have a deal on student loan interest rates  —  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.) …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Flood insurance bill snag: Abortion  —  The Senate's flood insurance program looked like it was headed toward smooth passage - but now, there appears to be an abortion-related wrinkle.  —  Yes, abortion.  —  That's at least according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid vows to block vote on Paul's ‘life at conception’ amendment to flood bill
Discussion: Wonkette and Guardian
First Read /
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney remain in dead heat  —  By NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray  —  President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney remain locked in a tight contest, with each candidate displaying significant strengths and weaknesses four months …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
After winning right to spend, political groups fight for secrecy
Discussion: Politico
Pema Levy /
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 …
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats May Drop Speedway Event At Charlotte Convention
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats Cancel Speedway Event at Charlotte Convention
Mj Lee / Politico:
Jan Brewer: Obama says ‘drop dead’ to Arizona  —  Just hours after hailing the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law as a “legal victory” for her state, Gov. Jan Brewer changed her tone, accusing the Obama administration of telling her state to “drop dead.”
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Arizona implements immigration law as feds push back
Discussion: Firedoglake, 24Ahead and Law Blog
Los Angeles Times:   Arizona police see immigration law as enforcement headache
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Nora Ephron |  1941-2012: Nora Ephron, Essayist, Screenwriter and Director, Dies at 71  —  Nora Ephron, an essayist and humorist in the Dorothy Parker mold (only smarter and funnier, some said) who became one of her era's most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits like …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: Boston donors weren't booing Obama, they were saying ‘Yoooook’  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney criticized press reports Tuesday that said donors in Boston booed the president when he made a joke about the Red Sox's trade of popular third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
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.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney “willing to risk being one-term president”: Portman  —  (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney would tackle tough debt and deficit problems if elected on November 6 in ways that could leave him at risk of being a one-term president, a potential vice presidential running mate, Senator Rob Portman, said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Business Insider
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McDonnell goes silent on vice presidential questions
Discussion: Reuters
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden: Romney is a job creator in India, China
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Women's Health Issues Create Surprising Vulnerability For Eric Cantor's Reelection Bid  —  New polling from Virginia's 7th Congressional District, one of the more reliably conservative districts in the country, shows surprising vulnerabilities for Republican House Majority …
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.
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.
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Jon Kyl Blames Obama For Failure Of Immigration Reform Under Bush
Discussion: Taking Note and Daily Kos
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Some Democrats may follow NRA and support contempt  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the politically potent National Rifle Association is keeping score, some Democrats may join House Republicans if there's a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
George Zimmerman Passed Police Lie Detector Test Day After Trayvon Martin Killing  —  A day after killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman passed a police lie detector test when asked if he confronted the teenager and whether he feared for his life “when you shot the guy,” according to documents released today by Florida prosecutors.
LZ Granderson / CNN:
Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious  —  Editor's note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and is a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary.
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
SCOTUS to rule on military lying  —  Is falsely claiming to be a military hero a white lie or theft?  SCOTUS decides Thursday.  Reuters  —  Close  —  The Supreme Court's got more than health care left to decide, including a case about whether it's a crime to lie about being a military hero.
Associated Press:
Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. — President Barack Obama's campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year's election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.  —  Thousands of attorneys and support staffers …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
3 Charts Explaining How Moms and Dads Balance Work and Family  —  Anne-Marie Slaughter's controversial cover story for The Atlantic this month acknowledges a simple point: There is a “family cost” to your career and a “career cost” to your family.  Time is finite, even if our ambitions aren't.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Classic of Inversion  —  I thought reading John Rocker's WND op-ed would be the most disturbing chore I undertook today.  But no, I then stumbled on this:  —  If for some reason you can't access this video, it's an ad from famous African-American right-wingers Ken Blackwell …
Hoover Institution:
A Taste of Government-Run Healthcare  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  The FDA is a bureaucratic behemoth that threatens public health, stifles drug innovation, and keeps costs high.
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 …
Associated Press:
Federal Court Upholds EPA's Global Warming Rules  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming.  —  The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and various states …
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Hits 21-Year Ratings Low in Second Quarter  —  Battered by a series of rough weeks and big losses for Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan, the cable news network sinks with total viewers and in the coveted adults 25-to-54 demo.  —  After several months of bad ratings news for CNN …
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Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
State won't release larger list of possible noncitizen voters
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New York Post:
Men never could have it all  —  Anne-Marie Slaughter …
Sarah van Gelder / The Huffington Post:
How to Save Our Homes  —  Foreclosure Crisis , Housing Crisis …
Did Arizona Senate Candidate Jeff Flake Lobby For Apartheid In South Africa?
Discussion: Influence Alley and Daily Kos
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Rate of Killings Rises 38 Percent in Chicago in 2012
Discussion: The Stranger …
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Amy Chozick / DealBook:
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Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Obese adults should get counseling, federal task force says
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Weekly Standard
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pay Those Bills On Time Or Forfeit Right To Vote
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
The U-Va. president drama: Is it the Queen Bee scenario?
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes and Althouse
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
George Washington's individual mandates