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6:10 PM ET, June 18, 2013


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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 …
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 …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Discussion: The Impolitic
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:
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: House will face pressure to approve immigration reform
Discussion: Politico
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner to require majority GOP support on immigration
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 …
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 …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:   Democrats defy Issa, release full transcript from IRS investigation
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Tea Party Patriots: ‘The largest Tea party protest since 2010 is tomorrow’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Bill Ayers: Obama Presidency Gets ‘Failing Grade,’ He Should Be Tried For ‘War Crimes’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Bill Ayers: Try Obama for war crimes
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 …
CNN Poll: You hired them but disapprove of their work  —  Washington (CNN) - It's nothing to brag about.  —  According to a new national poll, just 16% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, with 83% of those questioned in a CNN/ORC International survey saying they disapprove.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Nina Totenberg / Law:
Why The FISA Court Is Not What It Used To Be
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dan Coats / Wall Street Journal:
To My Congressional Colleagues: Stop the NSA Grandstanding
Robert Stacy McCain / ViralRead:
Federal Budget Cuts Blamed for Girl's Rape, Mother's Murder  —  At least one probation officer has been fired and another demoted in the horrifying New York case of a federal child pornography suspect who raped a 10-year-old and murdered the girl's mother while the suspect was under court-ordered supervision.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Thomas Hogan.jpg / Syracuse Post-Standard:
U.S. probation officers in Syracuse fired, demoted over handling of David Renz case
Discussion: American Spectator
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: Secrecy News, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Senate rejects border fence  —  Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn't want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Gen. Helms and the Senator's ‘Hold’  —  An Air Force commander exercised her discretion in a sexual-assault case.  Now her career is being blocked by Sen. Claire McCaskill.  Why?  —  Lt. Gen. Susan Helms is a pioneering woman who finds her career stalled because of a war on men …
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
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.
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 …
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Kay / Balloon Juice:
Skills gap myth (finally) falls, but will anyone hear it?
US to begin direct peace talks with Taliban ‘within days’
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Lisa Song / InsideClimate News:
What Sickens People in Oil Spills, and How Badly, Is Anybody's Guess
Discussion: E2-Wire
Robert Stanton / Houston Chronicle:
Houston man jailed over threats to Ted Cruz
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
John Cassidy / News Desk:
Why America Still Needs Affirmative Action
Your Treasury Secretary's Signature No Longer Looks Like A Cupcake
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NSA: PRISM stopped Stock Exchange attack
Discussion: Techdirt
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Todd Starnes /
Mob of Immigration Activists Storm Kansas Secretary of State's Home
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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’
Discussion: Shakesville
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Groups claim to have found ‘smoking gun’ to force Christie to move U.S. Senate election to November