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8:05 PM ET, June 13, 2013


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New York Times:
Syria Has Used Chemical Arms on Rebels, U.S. and Allies Find  —  WASHINGTON — American and European intelligence analysts now believe that President Bashar al-Assad's troops have used chemical weapons against rebel forces in the civil war in Syria, an assessment that will put added pressure …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Proposal to Arm Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone in Syria  —  WASHINGTON—A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels who would train there, according to U.S. officials.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
White House: Assad used chemical weapons
Washington Wire:
White House Statement on Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria
Discussion: Guardian and The Verge
White House: Syria crosses ‘red line’ with use of chemical weapons on its people
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bill Clinton splits with Obama on Syria
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
White House pushes back at Bill Clinton over Syria
Discussion: Politico
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
Officials: Edward Snowden took NSA secrets on thumb drive  —  Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency.  (The Guardian / Associated Press / June 9, 2013)  —  WASHINGTON — Former National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden used …
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Lawmakers planning bill to limit contractor access to NSA secrets
Discussion: Politico
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:   Intelligence Committee Chair: Court Order Not Needed To Search Metadata
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner surprised at weak White House defense of NSA
Discussion: Politico
Yahoo! News:
Rubio: 'I'm done' if immigration bill includes gay couple amendment  —  Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a co-author and key proponent of the Senate immigration bill, said he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows gay unauthorized immigrants to claim foreign same-sex partners as family.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Rubio Says It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty)  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is touted as a top GOP presidential prospect in 2016, thinks it should be legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects border security amendment to immigration bill  —  The Senate voted 57-43 on Thursday to table an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would have required increased border security before providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Human Genes May Not Be Patented  —  WASHINGTON — Human genes may not be patented, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.  —  The case concerned patents held by Myriad Genetics, a Utah company, on genes that correlate with increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Nikki Finke /
News Corp's Rupert Murdoch Files For Divorce Which Won't Affect News Corp Split  —  EXCLUSIVE 9 AM, 4TH UPDATE 11 AM WRITETHRU (new details): News Corp Chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from wife Wendi Deng Murdoch this morning in New York State Supreme Court, Deadline learned at 9 AM.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
After 14 Years of Marriage, Murdoch Seeks Divorce
The Huffington Post:
TOGETHER AGAIN  —  Fox News announced on Thursday that Sarah Palin will rejoin the network as a paid contributor.  The Drudge Report was first to break the news.  —  Fox News previously hired Palin as a contributor but did not renew her contract earlier this year.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Greta Van Susteren: Sarah Palin will drive critics crazy
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
Americans' Confidence in Congress Falls to Lowest on Record  —  Congress ranks last on list of 16 institutions; military earns top spot again  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in Congress as an institution is down to 10%, ranking the legislative body last on a list of 16 societal institutions for the fourth straight year.
Madeleine Morgenstern /
REVOLT AMONG REPUBLICANS ON IMMIGRATION BILL: 70 HOUSE MEMBERS RISK CAREERS IN PLANNED SHOWDOWN WITH LEADERSHIP  —  Seventy House Republicans are planning a politically risky showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to force additional debate on an immigration bill they say will mean amnesty …
Chuck Schumer and the Art of the Deal
Washington Post:
Document: Major resources needed for Obama Africa trip  —  When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won't be taking any chances.  —  Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi Can't Explain Difference Between Gosnell Slayings and Late-Term Abortions  —  At a Thursday press conference, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi condemned a bill that would prohibit abortions during the final four months of pregnancy with and exception for when the life and physical health of the mother is at risk.
Ann Coulter / Official:
IF THE GOP IS THIS STUPID, IT DESERVES TO DIE  —  Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they'll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.  —  This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans.
Lise Olsen / Houston Chronicle:
Rare formal review ordered for federal judge  —  Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court formally ordered on Wednesday that a rare public judicial misconduct complaint against 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones be reviewed by officials in a different circuit — one based in the nation's capital.
Pew Social Trends / Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
A Survey of LGBT Americans  —  Attitudes, Experiences and Values in Changing Times  —  OVERVIEW  —  An overwhelming share of America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults (92%) say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade and an equal number expect it to grow even more accepting in the decade ahead.
Obamacare?  We were just leaving ...  Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.  —  The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear …
NEW TIME POLL: Support for the Leaker—and His Prosecution  —  More than half of Americans approve of a former intelligence contractor's decision to leak classified details of sprawling government surveillance programs, according to the results of a new TIME poll.
James Bamford / Wired:
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Ohio Republicans Introduce One Of The Nation's All-Time Worst Abortion Bills
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
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Discussion: NewsBusters and Poynter
Center for American Progress:
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Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
2013 Is Shaping Up To Be The Worst Year For Reproductive Freedom In Recent History
Discussion: ACLU and The Raw Story
Report: 4 people fatally shot at St. Louis business
Brent Budowky / Pundits Blog:
Darrell Issa should share chair of House Oversight Committee with Elijah Cummings
Discussion: Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Sen. Paul: Taxpayer dollars funding ‘war against Christianity in the Middle East’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez / The Huffington Post:
House Republicans: What Happened? You Were Doing So Well
Discussion: Post Politics
Washington Post:
Whites' deaths outnumber births for first time
Discussion: The Week and Althouse
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
A Chronic Disease  —  Conservatives and Republicans in Washington …
Discussion: American Prospect and The Dish
Josh Kraushaar /
Three Signs Republicans Haven't Learned Any Lessons From 2012