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3:50 PM ET, June 18, 2013


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Adele M. Stan / RH Reality Check:
Texas Congressman: Masturbating Fetuses Prove Need for Abortion Ban  —  As the House of Representatives gears up for Tuesday's debate on HR 1797, a bill that would outlaw virtually all abortions 20 weeks post fertilization, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) argued in favor of banning abortions …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   “Texas Congressman: Masturbating Fetuses Prove Need for Abortion Ban.”
Katie McDonough / Salon:
GOP lawmaker: Extreme abortion ban justified because of masturbating fetuses
Discussion: Hit & Run and
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Dana Rohrabacher warns John Boehner on speakership  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) says Speaker John Boehner should be ousted if he rams through an immigration bill without majority Republican support.  —  “If Speaker Boehner moves forward and permits this to come to a vote even though …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
John Boehner is bluffing  —  The House Speaker, in a private meeting with House conservatives this morning, made a big show of talking tough on immigration reform, claiming he has “no intention” of allowing a House vote on anything that doesn't have the support of a majority of Republicans:
Chris Frates /
Boehner Aims to Move Immigration by Capitalizing on a Conservative Rift
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner to require majority GOP support on immigration
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: No immigration vote without ‘majority support’ of GOP
Discussion: Hot Air and The Spectacle Blog
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
FBI Looks for Leaks at Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court  —  Investigators still do not know if the FISA system has been compromised, or if Edward Snowden was the source of the Verizon warrant published by the ‘Guardian.’ Eli Lake reports.  —  The FBI is investigating whether …
Dan Coats / Wall Street Journal:
To My Congressional Colleagues: Stop the NSA Grandstanding
Surveillance thwarted stock exchange bomb plot, officials say
Discussion: KTLA 5
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NSA: PRISM stopped Stock Exchange attack
Discussion: Techdirt
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Chief Says Surveillance Has Stopped Dozens of Plots
Discussion: emptywheel
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell To Reid: If You Go Nuclear On Nominations, I'll Go Nuclear On Everything When I'm Majority Leader  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday starkly warned Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) not to eliminate the filibuster on presidential nominations …
CNN Poll: Did White House order IRS targeting?  —  Washington (CNN) - A growing number of Americans believe that senior White House officials ordered the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative political groups, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/ORC International survey …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden: White House has ‘not given up’ on expanded background checks  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that gun control advocates in the White House “have not given up” on the legislative push to expand background checks.  —  “I'm here to tell you that the most important message …
Discussion: CNN
Gov. Bobby Jindal / Politico:
GOP needs action, not navel-gazing  —  We've had enough.  Yes, we just lost our second straight presidential election to Barack Obama.  Yes, losing is painful and has consequences.  Yes, when you lose, you make adjustments.  Enough already.  Let's get on with it.  —  Yes, we have plenty of changes to make.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Intel Committee Blocks Former Staffer From Talking To Press About Oversight Process  —  The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has taken the unusual step of actively blocking a former committee aide from talking to TPM about congressional oversight of the intelligence community.
Discussion: Hot Air, Secrecy News and Hullabaloo
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Claire McCaskill endorses Hillary Clinton for 2016  —  Saying that “it's important we start early,” Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in one of the first major moves of the 2016 cycle.  —  “Now, as I look at 2016 and think about who is best to lead this country forward …
The Bill Clinton paradox
Discussion: CNN
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hidden camera catches wireless company employees passing out ‘Obama phones’ to people who say they'll SELL them for drugs, shoes, handbags and spending cash  — The ‘Lifeline’ free-cell-phone scheme cost $2.2 BILLION last year alone, all of it from fees added to the phone bills of paying customers
Charlie Rose:
Distribute this video:  —  Yes, Father's Day.  —  Charlie that was really something based upon these photographs:  —  And this speech:  —  “I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man.  But I will tell you this: Everything else is unfulfilled if we fail at family, if we fail at that responsibility.
J. Christian Adams / Rule of Law:
Left Loses Big in Citizenship-Verification Supreme Court Case  —  Something perverse happened after the Supreme Court's decision today invalidating citizenship-verification requirements in Arizona for registrants who use the federal voter registration form.  The Left knows they lost most of the battle, but are still claiming victory.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bill Ayers: Try Obama for war crimes  —  Bill Ayers believes President Obama should be put on trial for war crimes at The Hague, the Weather Underground co-founder told Real Clear Politics in an interview posted Tuesday.  —  Ayers told the website he “absolutely” believed the president …
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Groups claim to have found ‘smoking gun’ to force Christie to move U.S. Senate election to November  —  TRENTON — Two liberal groups say they've found a “smoking gun” in a century-old state law that could force Gov. Chris Christie to schedule the general election in November.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Fantastic Mrs. Fox  —  Sarah Palin returns to Fox News and forces America into a difficult choice.
US to begin direct peace talks with Taliban over Afghanistan  —  ‘Peace and reconciliation’ milestone comes after US drops request for formal rejection of al-Qaida as precondition to talks  —  The US is to open direct talks with Taliban leaders within days, it was revealed on Tuesday …
Conor Friedersdorf / Reuters:
3 Former NSA Employees Praise Edward Snowden, Corroborate Key Claims  —  The men, all whistleblowers, say he succeeded where they failed.  —  USA Today has published an extraordinary interview with three former NSA employees who praise Edward Snowden's leaks, corroborate some of his claims, and warn about unlawful government acts.
Your Treasury Secretary's Signature No Longer Looks Like A Cupcake  —  Much better.  —  Andrew Kaczynski
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Todd Starnes /
Mob of Immigration Activists Storm Kansas Secretary of State's Home  —  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is calling for a criminal investigation after a huge mob of illegal alien supporters surrounded his private home Saturday and held a rally on his front porch.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Photographer sues BuzzFeed for $3.6M over viral sharing model  —  A photographer says BuzzFeed should pay copyright damages not only for an unauthorized photo that appeared on its site — but for the dozens of other sites on which the photo appeared.  —  An Idaho photographer, Kai Eiselein …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Moonlight Serenade  —  Whom does Mrs. Weiner work for?  —  Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress two years ago this Friday in a side-splitting social-media scandal, is running for mayor of New York?  We don't know why, but we're now pretty sure it's not for the money.
Discussion: NewsBusters
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John Cassidy / News Desk:
Why America Still Needs Affirmative Action
Istanbul: silent standing protest shut down by police - video
Discussion: FP Passport and The Raw Story
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Do Senate Dems have the votes for the ‘nuclear option’?
NYC Mayor Ed Koch's Tombstone Mistakenly Engraved With Wrong Birth Date
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Seven farm bill fights to watch
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
New York Times:
N.Y.U. Gives Its Stars Loans for Summer Homes
Allan Sloan / Fortune:
Zell's legacy lives on: IRS goes after Tribune
Discussion: DealBook and Poynter
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
Former Bush, Romney Adviser Greg Mankiw Writes Paper ‘Defending The One Percent’
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Jason Koebler / US News:
Video: ‘Cheetah Cub’ Robot Runs Like a Housecat
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rise in illegal crossings roils immigration debate
Rep. Marsha Blackburn / Politico:
Late-term abortions must end
Discussion: and National Review
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Jesse Jackson wants to serve his prison time first; government resisting break for his mental illness
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Shane Goldmacher /
Sen. Cornyn Reveals Not One, Not Two, but Three Public Pensions Atop His Salary
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: You Can't Fathom ‘Complexities’ of Syria Policy 'If You Haven't Been in Situation Room'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers