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8:35 AM ET, June 19, 2013


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Rolling Stone:
Michael Hastings, ‘Rolling Stone’ Contributor, Dead at 33  —  The bold journalist died in a car accident in Los Angeles  —  Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned.
Statement On Michael Hastings  —  BuzzFeed is saddened to report that Michael Hastings died in a car accident early this morning in Los Angeles.  He was 33.  —  Ben Smith, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief, said in a statement:  —  We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone.
Los Angeles Times:
Journalist Michael Hastings dies in L.A. car crash  —  Journalist Michael Hastings, best known for a Rolling Stone feature that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, died early Tuesday in a car crash in Los Angeles, his employer said.  —  Neither the Los Angeles Police Department …
Isaac Chotiner / New Republic:
“What Part of ‘Politico’ Do You Not Understand?”  —  A conversation about the dark art of driving the conversation  —  The dominant mode of Washington journalism tends to both reflect and entrench the values of its era.  The eminent writers and editors of the immediate postwar age …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THINGS IN POLITICO THAT MAKE ME WANT TO GUZZLE ANTIFREEZE, PART THE INFINITY  —  It's just that Drudge-whorish and link-baity. … Actually, the critique of Politico is, “Jesus H. Christ on a Jetski, you people are trivial.”  You gave a column to Joe Fking Scarborough for pity's sake.  To wit:
Discussion: The Impolitic
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Nate Silver: Politico Co-Founders Lack ‘Curiosity For The World Outside Of The Bubble’  —  Nate Silver has some thoughts about Politico.  Plenty of them.  —  In an email sent Tuesday to TPM (posted below), Silver — who nailed the 2012 presidential election by correctly forecasting the outcome …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House passes late-term abortion ban  —  The House voted Tuesday to impose a nationwide ban on abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy over Democratic objections that the bill represents a dramatic attempt by Republicans to restrict abortion rights.  —  As expected, the vote fell …
Susan Davis / Associated Press:
House passes far-reaching bill to limit abortions
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Dem Rep.: Rape ‘not so bad’ to GOP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
House passes late term abortion ban
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
John Matthews / WMAL:
WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Allen West Challenges Marco Rubio On Immigration; Won't Rule Out 2016 Primary Bid  —  WASHINGTON — Former Congressman Allen West says challenging Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 Republican Florida primary election would be a daunting task.  —  “That's a pretty heavy lift …
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rubio calls Heritage study ‘flawed’
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Which Party Benefits From Immigration Reform?
Discussion: Wonkblog and Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Full House committee transcripts shed new light on genesis of IRS targeting  —  Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have just released a full transcript of testimony from a key witness in the investigation of IRS targeting of conservatives — and it appears to confirm …
Rory Sheehan /
Manager Denies Republican Claims of White House Involvement or Political Motivation
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment  —  Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests it makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it's forced to give the government.
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:   NSA chief cites 50 foiled plots in defense of spying programs
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
CBO score brings good news for Gang of Eight  —  The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill will significantly reduce the federal budget deficit in its first two decades if it becomes law.  —  Proponents of the bill are already claiming …
Discussion: Wonkblog and The Week
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Immigration Law Changes Seen Cutting Billions From Deficit
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Senate immigration bill will cut deficit $197B over 10 years
Discussion: First Read, Hot Air and CNN
Erica Ritz /
WAS JUSTICE ROBERTS INTIMIDATED INTO VOTING FOR ‘OBAMACARE’?  SENATOR MIKE LEE PRESENTS THE EVIDENCE  —  After Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “ObamaCare,” many wondered if there could be a yet-unknown reason …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Senate hopefuls charge into final week with a heated debate  —  (CNN) - The final debate showdown Tuesday between Massachusetts rivals Gabriel Gomez and Rep. Ed Markey was peppered with stinging attacks from the candidates, whose race for U.S. Senate culminates in one week.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
James Hohmann / Politico:
Gabriel Gomez poll has him down 7 points
Discussion:, Post Politics and The Fix
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Bill Ayers: Obama Presidency Gets ‘Failing Grade,’ He Should Be Tried For ‘War Crimes’  —  Bill Ayers believes President Obama gets a “failing grade” for his presidency, and should be tried for “war crimes,” along with all living presidents who have engaged in acts of “terrorism” abroad.
The GOP's clueless caucus  —  They've waxed philosophic about “legitimate rape,” reflected on the economic role of “wetbacks” and denounced the actions of “brazen, self-described illegal aliens.”  They've lamented that “mom got in the workplace” and called out the United States attorney general for casting “aspersions on my asparagus.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Lives have been saved’ by NSA surveillance programs  —  President Obama on Tuesday defended the National Security Agency's surveillance programs at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday in Berlin, claiming “at least 50 threats have been averted” thanks to information gleaned from the programs.
Discussion: Reuters
John Harwood / New York Times:
Dissent Festers in States That Obama Forgot  —  WASHINGTON — You might call North Dakota the antithesis of President Obama's political base.  —  Whites make up 90 percent of its population, which is fewer than one million people and mostly in rural areas.  Its proportion of people 65 and over exceeds the national average.
AirTalk | 89.3 KPCC:
Updated: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: ‘I want to run for governor’  —  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club ON January 14, 2013 in Washington.  Villaraigosa spoke about immigration reform, gun laws and other issues.  ; Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Discussion: CNN
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Anti-war Democrats' lack of unity gives Obama cover on Syria policy  —  Liberal Democrats are all over the map when it comes to Syria, giving President Obama political cover to increase U.S. engagement in the war-torn country as he sees fit.  —  Many of the same lawmakers who virulently opposed …
New York Times:
Extending a Hand Abroad, Obama Often Finds a Cold Shoulder  —  WASHINGTON — Over porterhouse steak and cherry pie at a desert estate in California earlier this month, President Obama delivered a stern lecture to President Xi Jinping about China's disputes with its neighbors.
Discussion: Althouse
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Postcard From Turkey  —  ISTANBUL — Having witnessed the Egyptian uprising in Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011, I was eager to compare it with the protests by Turkish youths here in Taksim Square in 2013.  They are very different.  The Egyptians wanted to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
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U.S. to Propose New Phase In Nuclear Arms Cuts
James Rosen / Fox News:
Did senior State Department security officials commit perjury?
Obama Says Bernanke Has Been at Fed ‘Longer Than He Wanted’
Elizabeth Redden / Inside Higher Ed:
Undue Influence?  —  Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's assertion …
Discussion: New Republic
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Professor Orders Students to Support Gay Rights
How the Fed Will Wean America From Cheap Money
Discussion: The Agonist
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Rand Paul: James Clapper was lying
Discussion: Guardian
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
University programs that train U.S. teachers get mediocre marks in first-ever ratings
Discussion: NCTQ and The College Fix
Kay / Balloon Juice:
Skills gap myth (finally) falls, but will anyone hear it?