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6:30 AM ET, June 28, 2012

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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Justice Scalia must resign  —  Justice Antonin Scalia needs to resign from the Supreme Court.  —  He'd have a lot of things to do.  He's a fine public speaker and teacher.  He'd be a heck of a columnist and blogger.  But he really seems to aspire to being a politician — and that's the problem.
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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 …
Ed Whelan / National Review:
My Prediction on Tomorrow's Obamacare Ruling  —  [Update: Oops.  It turns out that I'm demonstrably wrong on Scalia's practice on reading dissents, as he had already read his dissent from the bench in March in a pair of linked cases.  Maybe that bolsters my bottom-line prediction by making …
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Luis Gutierrez: Who's The Immigrant, Justin Bieber Or Selena Gomez?
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Obama Prepares Three Speeches Ahead of Health-Care Ruling  —  The White House has kept its preparations for the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care law close to the vest.  Mr. Obama, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday, the West Wing is merely …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court health care ruling: Win-lose scenarios  —  As the climactic Supreme Court announcement nears, all of Washington is on the edge of their seats.  —  Will President Barack Obama's entire health law go down Thursday?  Just the individual mandate?  Will the whole thing be upheld?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: 'My guess is they're not sleeping real well at the White House'  —  Mitt Romney jabbed at the White House on Wednesday, suggesting President Obama and his top aides are having a sleepless night ahead of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on the healthcare law.
Discussion: Ballot Box
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Single Payer Fight to Intensify in States if Court Strikes Down Health Care Law
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Black lawmakers plan walkout during contempt vote  —  The Congressional Black Caucus plans to walk off the House floor during tomorrow's votes to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress, according to a letter being circulated among members of Congress.
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Black caucus to stage walkout during Holder contempt vote in House  —  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to stage a walkout during Thursday's vote on whether to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  —  The CBC is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems urge NRA to stay out of contempt fight
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.
John Jannarone / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Board Approves Split in Principle  —  News Corp.'s board unanimously approved a plan to split the media conglomerate in two pieces, separating its lucrative entertainment operations from its publishing business, said a person familiar with the situation.
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 …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney to seek Washington Post retraction
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Washington Post declines Romney request to retract article on Bain Capital
Discussion: Politico, Firedoglake, GOP 12 and Ballot Box
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Uninsured and fighting blazes: Welcome to the life of a federal firefighter  —  Right now, wildfires of “epic proportions” are tearing through the Colorado forests.  —  Thousands of federal firefighters charged with taming the blazes do not have health insurance.  —  That includes 27-year-old John Lauer.
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Michael Auslin / Weekly Standard:
Colorado's ‘Epic Firestorm’ Reveals Danger of Air Force Cuts
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Denver Post
Michelle Malkin:
Day 5 of Waldo Canyon Fire evacuation: Blaze engulfs homes/historic ranch; 32k total evacuated …
Discussion: Wizbang, The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
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 …
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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
Khaughney / Orlando Sentinel:
Federal judge rejects DOJ request to stop voter purge  —  TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge rejected a request from the Obama administration to put an immediate stop to the state's non-citizen voter purge program.  —  The Justice Department had asked for a restraining order …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
High court healthcare ruling will be verdict on Obama as a leader  —  The Supreme Court's healthcare ruling Thursday will deliver a definitive judgment on President Obama's effectiveness as a leader.  —  If the law is upheld, Obama's victory — which came after he ignored the counsel …
Susan Page / USA Today:
‘Today’ co-host Ann Curry will bid farewell today  —  Ann Curry's voice chokes when she talks about saying goodbye this morning on NBC's Today show, years earlier than she had hoped.  —  It's “going to be a bit of a tough day,” she told USA TODAY in a 40-minute phone interview Wednesday …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Diplomatic Crisis Provides Romney Policy Opportunity  —  It seemed a ripe opportunity for Mitt Romney: The crisis that unfolded last month over the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng was a way to hammer President Obama as weak on human rights and unwilling to be assertive with China.
Discussion: Politico
DougJ / Balloon Juice:
Let them die!  —  Kevin Drum's favorite principled Hayekian free marketeer weighs in on the principles the right should embrace on heath care: … They are who we thought they were.  —  Update.  That made me so mad, I couldn't think of anything to write.
DealBook:
JPMorgan Trading Loss May Reach $9 Billion  —  Losses on JPMorgan Chase's bungled trade could total as much as $9 billion, far exceeding earlier public estimates, according to people who have been briefed on the situation.  —  When Jamie Dimon, the bank's chief executive …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Bloomberg
 
 
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
N.Y. Congressional Primaries Drew Few Voters
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Somalia's Prisons: The War on Terror's Latest Front
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Donilon Double Dips
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Super PAC Mega-Donors Increase Their Influence In May
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Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
New Disability Regs Limit Slope of Mini Golf Holes, Require Businesses to Admit Mini Horses as Guide Animals
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
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City Council Approves Pot Tickets Over Arrests
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
The Times Is Introducing a Chinese-Language News Site
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Ann Romney And Michelle Obama Face Off In Presidential Cookie Bakeoff
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney getting crushed in Massachusetts
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Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
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