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1:05 PM ET, June 27, 2012


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Quinnipiac University:
Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania Swinging To Obama, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Voters Back President On Immigration, Split On Economy  —  This compares to the results of a May 3 Swing State Poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Clings to a Narrow Lead  —  New Poll Shows Him Doing Better Than Romney in Swing States; Both Candidates Face Challenges  —  President Barack Obama has managed to retain a narrow lead in his race for re-election despite a spate of bad economic news and surging GOP optimism …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Quinnipiac: Swing states inch toward Obama
First Read /
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney remain in dead heat
Samuel P. Jacobs / Reuters:
Democratic campaign chair tells candidates to avoid convention  —  (Reuters) - The man responsible for getting Democrats elected to the U.S. Congress this fall has a message for his party's candidates: Stay away from the Democratic National Convention.  —  “If they want to win an election …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Dems go AWOL in class war  —  Labor unions hoped to turn the Wisconsin recall election into a rallying cause for their ailing movement.  But a Democratic president couldn't be dragged off the sidelines for the fight.  —  Anti-Wall Street activists were itching to see JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon bashed …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Althouse
Katherine Eban / Fortune:
The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal  —  A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.
Investor's Business Daily:
Issa's Right: Tougher Gun Laws Fast And Furious Goal
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Why the Whole Health Care Law Is in Jeopardy  —  The real Supreme Court news on Tuesday wasn't the Arizona immigration decision or even the summary reversal of the Supreme Court of Montana in the “Citizens United 2” case.  It was that the chief justice of the United States didn't write any of these opinions.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Justices' personal health struggles may influence their decision
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP plan for ‘Obamacare’: Nothing
Washington Post:
On health care, the public doesn't like its options
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 …
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Nora Ephron, prolific author and screenwriter, dies at age 71  —  View Photo Gallery — Nora Ephron dies: Ephron, who emerged over the past four decades as one of America's warmest and most acute chroniclers of contemporary culture and society, has died.  She was 71.
Liz Smith / wowowow:
Liz Smith on Nora Ephron
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Second House Dem backs measure to place Holder in contempt  —  Democratic Rep. John Barrow (Ga.) said on Wednesday he plans to vote in favor of placing Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  —  Barrow becomes the second Democrat to publicly announce plans to buck his party …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner: Contempt vote on Holder will proceed
Discussion: Georgia Tipsheet
David Seifman / New York Post:
Mayor rigs wacky A/C to keep his SUV chilled  —  Who's full of hot air?  —  Mayor Bloomberg wants to maintain his politically correct credentials on global warming — but hates to get into a hot car when he leaves an air conditioned building.  —  The solution his aides came up with could easily …
NY Daily News:
Charles Barron won't accept landslide loss in Brooklyn's 8th Congressional District against Hakeem Jeffries  —  With 54% of precincts reporting, the Associated Press deemed Jeffries the easy winner, 75% of the vote to Barron's 25%.  —  Charles Barron concession speech at Sistas Cafe in Bed Stuy …
Gersh Kuntzman / New York Times:
Hakeem Jeffries Defeats Charles Barron in Bitter Democratic Primary
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and National Review
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
The 7 Most Anti-Gay U.S. Representatives  —  Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) - The Most Anti-Gay U.S. Representative  —  So far this Congress, anti-LGBT Republicans have introduced at least ten major anti-gay bills, resolutions, and amendments in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Benny Johnson /
PROTESTERS SHOW UP TO RALLY AGAINST KARL ROVE — BUT CAN'T REALLY SAY WHO KARL ROVE IS  —  Organized protesters set out to counter the issue of money in politics while marching over a mile through Washington DC last week.  The heat index was a blistering 90 degrees, which seemed to add …
Discussion: Power Line
Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
A third of Earthlings believe in UFOs, would befriend aliens  —  Aliens often compete with superheroes, vampires and zombies to top hit movie lists — but more than a third of Americans say UFOs are not a fantasy.  —  That's the word from a new National Geographic Channel study finding …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hails The ‘Miami Heats’  —  Unfazed by a partisan spat sparked by his comment on former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, President Obama tonight again opined on a professional sports team, publicly praising the NBA champion Miami Heat at a campaign fundraiser in the city.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
ACLU to represent KKK group  —  The American Civil Liberties Union will champion a Ku Klux Klan outfit's right to “adopt” a section of highway in Union County, an ACLU official said Tuesday — on the same day that key members of the KKK group acknowledged they live in a neighboring county.
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 * *  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * *  —  Media contact: (202) 691-5902 *
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Democrats' Money Panic: Is Obama About to Get Swamped by GOP Cash?  —  Liberals increasingly fear they will be outspent in November the way they were in Wisconsin — and they may be right.  —  As the Wisconsin recall unfolded, Democrats watched in horrified helplessness as their candidate …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Instapundit
Hans Villarica / The Atlantic Online:
Study of the Day: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don't Attract Crime  —  UCLA researchers look at crime locations in Sacramento and find that, contrary to what many assume, they don't revolve around medical marijuana outlets.  —  PROBLEM: As more and more states in the U.S. legalize the use …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Post:
Cargo ship from Pakistan with alleged ‘stowaways’ arrives in Port Newark  —  The Villa De Aquarius today at Port Newark.  —  A cargo ship from Pakistan carrying stowaways - some believed to be dead - pulled into Port Newark this morning and was greeted by teams of emergency responders, officials said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
German Court Declares Judaism A Crime  —  Hard to believe, but that's what the decision handed down by the regional court in Cologne, Germany means: circumcising a child under the age of consent is a crime, notwithstanding the religious beliefs of the parents.
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Two Lawsuits Challenge the Lack of Air-Conditioning in Texas Prisons
Discussion: Gawker, The Daily Dish and Via Meadia
Associated Press:
Trump rep confirms Romney meeting for Thursday, but Romney campaign not so sure
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Magazine
Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
New Colorado group goes after lawmakers who helped kill civil unions
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
Jeff Remington / Fox News:
Why is Team Obama playing politics with our national security?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Oklahoma Rep. John Sullivan loses primary
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Annie Linskey / Baltimore Sun:
Same-sex marriage foes owe $74K to GOP delegate
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Diana Marcum / Los Angeles Times:
Stockton to file for bankruptcy, will be largest U.S. city to fail
Discussion: L.A. NOW and Ed Driscoll
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New York Attorney General Enters Campaign Finance Fray
Helen Gao / The Atlantic Online:
The Education System That Pulled China Up May Now Be Holding It Back
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs