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6:30 PM ET, June 27, 2012


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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.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
In the end, you have to make a prediction and take responsibility for it.  I believe the mandate will not be invalidated tomorrow.  Far less important, I expect the principal opinion will be written by the Chief Justice; a majority of the Court will find it has jurisdiction; and the challenge to the Medicaid expansion will be rejected.
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Single Payer Fight to Intensify in States if Court Strikes Down Health Care Law
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP plan for ‘Obamacare’: Nothing
Ed Whelan / National Review:   My Prediction on Tomorrow's Obamacare Ruling
Supreme Court decision on polarizing health care law looms
Discussion: The Week
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Justices' personal health struggles may influence their decision
Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather
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 …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney getting crushed in Massachusetts
Discussion: Daily Kos and Indecision Forever
National Geographic Channel / PR Newswire:
Two-Thirds of Americans Think Barack Obama Is Better Suited to Handle an Alien Invasion Than Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Four House Dems back measure to place Holder in contempt  —  At least four Democrats say they will vote Thursday in favor of placing Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  —  Democratic Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Nick Rahall (W.Va.) …
Fox News:
Holder in peril as Dems break ranks on contempt resolution  —  June 26, 2012: Attorney General Eric Holder gestures while speaking at a civil rights symposium in Boston.AP  —  The congressional contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder is looking more and more like a fait accompli …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems urge NRA to stay out of contempt fight
Richard A. Posner / Slate:
Supreme Court Year in Review  —  Entry 11: Justice Scalia is upset about illegal immigration.  But where is his evidence?  —  To: Walter Dellinger and Dahlia Lithwick  —  Dear Walter and Dahlia,  —  I have read Arizona v. United States and was particularly struck by Justice Scalia's opinion dissenting …
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Luis Gutierrez: Who's The Immigrant, Justin Bieber Or Selena Gomez?
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats go on offense ahead of Supreme Court healthcare ruling
Discussion: Politico
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: CNN, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Althouse
Dylan Byers / Politico:
WashPost will not retract ‘outsourcing’ story  —  The Washington Post will not retract their June 21 report about Bain Capital's investments in firms that specialized in outsourcing American jobs, POLITICO has learned.  —  “We are very confident in our reporting,” Washington Post spokesperson …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney to seek Washington Post retraction  —  Mitt Romney campaign representatives will meet with the Washington Post today to seek a formal retraction of its June 21 report that Bain Capital invested in firms that specialized in outsourcing American jobs, POLITICO has learned.
Michelle Malkin:
Day 5 of Waldo Canyon Fire evacuation: Blaze engulfs homes/historic ranch; 32k total evacuated; more dangerous winds, heat ahead  —  Twitter panorama photo from last night via @megzenger  —  Via Matt Meister, StormTracker 13, from the front lines 2:15am MT Wednesday morning in Mountain Shadows
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Twitchy
Ric Locke / Ric's Rulez:
It's Lung Cancer  —  Stage III, inoperable.  Median survival prognosis: One year after diagnosis.  —  Which is, as it turns out, the reason I haven't been accomplishing much, including posting here and making progress on the sequel to Temporary Duty.  The details are complicated, and I don't have the energy to fully explain.
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 and The Daily Caller
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Minnesota for Marriage: Gays should be ‘put to death’  —  From the official campaign:  —  I think that the campaign's final response to Brad's question says it all, don't you?  —  **UPDATE: The MN For Marriage campaign is now claiming they were hacked.  That seems very fishy …
NY Daily News:
Unemployed Brooklyn man misses job interview to save 9-month-old boy who was blown into path of oncoming subway train  —  Like a superhero without a cape, Delroy Simmonds jumps onto elevated tracks and hoists bleeding child — still strapped into stroller — to safety of the platform as J train bore down on them.
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.
Agence France Presse:
German court rules religious circumcision on boys an assault
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Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
The Times Is Introducing a Chinese-Language News Site
Ann Romney And Michelle Obama Face Off In Presidential Cookie Bakeoff
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Heather Dinich / ESPN:
Playoff plan to run through 2025
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily What
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
At Fireworks, Not All Seats Are Created Equal
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Polls: Obama boosts edge among Hispanics after immigration shift
Discussion: and
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
For Romney Superfan, a New Truck Courtesy of the Candidate
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Hell And High Water Strikes, Media Miss The Forest For The Burning Trees
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Democrats' Money Panic: Is Obama About to Get Swamped by GOP Cash?
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Instapundit and Moe Lane
NY Daily News:
Charles Barron won't accept landslide loss in Brooklyn's 8th Congressional District against Hakeem Jeffries

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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A Los Angeles ethics agency fines former CBS CEO Les Moonves $15K for misconduct in obtaining confidential police info about a sexual assault claim against him

Souhail Karam / Bloomberg:
A Tunisian court sentences prominent government critic and journalist Mohamed Boughalleb to six months in prison for defamation, renewing press freedom concerns

Emma Roth / The Verge:
Twitch plans to roll out its TikTok-style discovery feed later in April, letting users scroll clips and livestreams, after testing the feature for a year

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