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12:10 AM ET, June 15, 2013


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Micah Cohen / New York Times:
Polls Show Chemical Weapons Affect Public's View on Syria  —  The Obama administration, which had long resisted sending weapons to antigovernment forces in Syria's civil war, has announced plans to supply the rebel forces with small arms after concluding that the troops of President Bashar al-Assad …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama to press Putin on Syria when they meet Monday
Discussion: Guardian and Politico
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Clinton: Christie ‘consorting with a leper’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) raised eyebrows among Republicans last year, when he heartily embraced President Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which hit shore just days before the presidential election.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: ‘I expect to support’ Hillary on ‘whatever’ she does in 2016
Discussion: Politico
Josh Margolin / ABCNEWS:
Christie, Bill Clinton Warm to Latest Bipartisan Presidential ‘Bromance’
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bill Clinton: Gun groups try to ‘terrify’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
James Hohmann / Politico:
Santorum: Why Romney didn't win  —  Rick Santorum ripped Mitt Romney's campaign Thursday for mishandling President Barack Obama's “you didn't build that” gaffe last summer.  —  The former Pennsylvania senator recalled all the business owners who spoke at the Republican National Convention.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
The Romney video that never was-starring Donald Trump
Discussion: Politico and All Things Democrat
Erik Wemple:
CBS News confirms multiple breaches of Sharyl Attkisson's computer  —  CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson revealed in May that her computer had been compromised.  When asked about the situation, CBS News responded with a statement that it was conducting an investigation.
CBS News:
CBS News confirms Sharyl Attkisson's computer hacked
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Al Gore: NSA's secret surveillance program ‘not really the American way’  —  Former vice-president - not persuaded by argument that program was legal - urges Congress and Obama to amend the laws  —  The National Security Agency's blanket collection of US citizens' phone records was …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama's $100M Africa trip ‘great bang for our buck’  —  President Obama's $100 million trip to African offers “great bang for our buck,” the White House said Friday.  —  Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes defended the cost of Obama's upcoming trip to South Africa …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama will defend Internet spying to Europeans
Discussion: CNN
Will Weissert / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Texas gov. signs ‘Merry Christmas’ law; says religious freedom is not freedom from religion  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Surrounded by sleigh bell-ringing Santa Claus impersonators, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Paul Ryan a Favorite of Republicans  —  Christie, Rubio more popular among all Americans than Ryan  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Of five recent Republican newsmakers also mentioned as potential 2016 presidential candidates, Wisconsin Rep. and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is rated …
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Politico
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Paul Ryan explains GOP's 2012 loss
Discussion: Daily Kos
Iran presidential election: second round forecast after late flurry at polls  —  All six candidates pledge to respect result as millions queue to vote for successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's presidential race appears poised for a runoff vote next week after millions …
Discussion: Vocativ and Taylor Marsh
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Moderate in Iranian Election Leads in Initial Returns
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
‘Cliff’ from ‘Cheers’ wants Allen West to spread his ‘gene pool’ across America  —  Conservative actor John Ratzenberger, who is best known as the character “Cliff” from the television sitcom Cheers, on Friday called for former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) to take “something from his gene pool” …
Discussion: Mediaite
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
George Zimmerman's Father Says The ‘True Racists’ Are African-American  —  As the murder trial for George Zimmerman begins, his father has released an emotional and highly unusual e-book, publicly opining on all aspects of the case.  The book by Robert Zimmerman Sr., called “Florida v. Zimmerman …
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and Booman Tribune
Concluding Statement of the 2013 Article IV Mission to The United States of America  —  1. The U.S. recovery has remained tepid over the past year, but underlying fundamentals have been gradually improving.  The modest growth rate of 2.2 percent in 2012 reflected legacy effects from the financial crisis …
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Senate Staffers Told To Pretend Top Secret Documents Are Not Widely Available On Web  —  The Senate Security Office sent an email around the Hill Friday afternoon asking Senate employees and contractors to try to ignore the fact that top-secret, highly-classified documents are now floating around …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pat Buchanan /
The Bell Tolls for the ‘New Majority’  —  Next year should be a banner year for the GOP, and may yet be.  —  Obamacare, a “train wreck” about to happen, says Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, goes into full effect Jan. 1, with the popular IRS as enforcer.  —  The Obama media feel betrayed …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Some Questions For and About Edward Snowden  —  Via Andrew Sullivan, I see that a number of people are pushing back against Glenn Greenwald's insistence that the PRISM program allows “direct access” to servers from Google, Microsoft and other tech companies.  I'm glad to hear that, because it raises some questions that deserve answers.
Erik Slavin / Stars & Stripes:
Judge: Obama sex assault comments ‘unlawful command influence’ … Two defendants in military sexual assault cases cannot be punitively discharged, if found guilty, because of “unlawful command influence” derived from comments made by President Barack Obama, a judge ruled in a Hawaii military court this week.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Tap It: NSA Slow Jam (featuring Remy)  —  Government surveillance never sounded so smooth...  Government surveillance never sounded so smooth.  —  Song written and performed by Remy.  Produced by Meredith Bragg.  About 2:45 minutes.  —  Scroll below for downloadable versions and subscribe …
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
DOD omits details of secret disclosures in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ report  —  Pentagon investigators intentionally omitted details of possible disclosures of top-secret information to the makers of “Zero Dark Thirty” in their final review of the department's involvement in the film.
Discussion: Politico
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Spurs Answer Racist Response To Latino National Anthem Singer By Letting Him Sing Again
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Holder dodges GOP subpoena
Discussion: CNN
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Senator Warren Presses White House to Release Pacific Trade Text
Discussion: Techdirt, Daily Kos and Boing Boing
Sarah Fuss / TakePart:
Meghan McCain on Her Dad, Senator John McCain: 'There Aren't a Lot of Guys Out There Like That Anymore'
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Voters still mad about lack of gun legislation
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sanford praises ‘God of second chances’ for giving him new platform in Congress
Discussion: Politico
The Newtown Bee:
Opinion: Resolved To Do Better
David Brooks / New York Times:
Religion and Inequality  —  About a century ago, Walter Judd …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Freedom: The Unfolding Revolution
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms