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2:20 PM ET, June 19, 2013

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United States Senator Lisa Murkowski:
OP-ED: Murkowski Shares Thoughts on Marriage Equality with Alaskans  —  Not too long ago, I had the honor of nominating an Alaskan family as “Angels in Adoption,” a celebration of the selflessness shown by foster care families and those who adopt children.  They arrived in Washington, DC …
Tim Buckland / unionleader.com:
Concord police stun, arrest gun rights protester after officer touched on shoulder  —  CONCORD — A man was arrested and two people, including a Concord police officer, were allegedly assaulted during a rally Tuesday in a clash between a gun control group and gun rights supporters.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Organizing for Action gathers a whopping three people for gun-control rally in California
RT:
FBI director admits domestic use of drones for surveillance  —  The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday.  —  Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Wire:
FBI Chief: Surveillance Drones Used in U.S.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Mediaite
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
FBI Director Mueller: Drones used for domestic surveillance in US
Discussion: CNN
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
Journalist Michael Hastings dies in L.A. car crash
Fabian Bimmer / The Atlantic Wire:
Berlin Looks a Lot Different to Obama in 2013 Than It Did in 2008  —  Barack Obama returned to Berlin today, almost five years to the day from when he delivered his famous “Victory Column” speech that cemented his reputation as an international rockstar.  Unfortunately, his reception this time was a lot different.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Berlin Speech: 200,000 for Obama in 2008; Only 6,000 Today
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Reception for Obama Is More Sober Than in 2008
Fox News:
TWA Flight 800 investigators break silence in new documentary, claim original conclusion about cause of crash is wrong  —  A group of whistle-blowers, including a number of aviation experts, have come forward in a new documentary to claim that the official explanation for the crash of TWA Flight 800 …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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Mike M. Ahlers / CNN:   Filmmaker asserts new evidence on crash of TWA Flight 800
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 …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Fla. poll: Hillary Clinton beats Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Allen West open to Marco Rubio challenge
Discussion: Hot Air
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
On fertility, and the flauntingly fecund Sarah Palin  —  Distilled to a slogan, politics of late goes something like this: “I'm more fertile than you are.”  —  It seems fecundity is emerging as the best argument for public office, policy or even citizenship.
Politico:
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.”
New York Times:
The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings  —  WASHINGTON — After contradictory stories emerged about an F.B.I. agent's killing last month of a Chechen man in Orlando, Fla., who was being questioned over ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the bureau reassured the public that it would clear up the murky episode.
David Hochman / Playboy:
PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: SEAN HANNITY  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity is a believer.  He believes in God, country and the once and future Bush dynasty.  In his opinion, global warming is a crock, kids today are oversexed and President Obama's radical agenda is destroying our nation.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Hillary Has to Dump Bill Now  —  Hillary Clinton's return to the living was almost flawless.  Almost.  —  She unveiled her Twitter account (young and with-it), and referred knowingly to the pantsuit (mature and self-aware).  She didn't look tan (that would be too “Real Housewives of New Jersey” …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Steve Mistler / Portland Press-Herald:
LePage issues new policy: No more talking to 3 newspapers  —  The policy comes after a series of articles about the Department of Environmental Protection.  —  AUGUSTA - Gov. Paul LePage's administration will no longer comment in stories published by the Portland Press Herald …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and Poynter
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Autopsy On GOP Social Issues Is ‘Grossly Overstated’ Say GOP Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers have a message for those who want the party to soften its emphasis on social conservatism in hopes of reaching a wider national audience: Not so fast.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Hayley Peterson / Daily Mail:
‘Tell your boss I owe him another friggin’ beer:' Hot mic catches NSA boss praising FBI chiefs for supportive testimony on surveillance programs  —  The director of the National Security Agency was overheard offering a round of beer to the FBI's second-in-command following Tuesday's congressional hearing …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Lives have been saved’ by NSA surveillance programs
Discussion: CNN and 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.
New York Times:
Extending a Hand, Obama Finds a Cold Shoulder Abroad  —  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.
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Chris Van Hollen: IRS Rules To Be Challenged In Court  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he and two campaign finance watchdog groups would sue the IRS, challenging regulations that allow nonprofit groups to be involved in politics if they're “primarily” devoted to a social welfare purpose.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Phil Gingrey, In DOMA Speech, Says Children Should Take Classes On Traditional Gender Roles  —  Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) told colleagues on the House floor on Tuesday that young boys and girls should take classes on traditional gender roles in a marriage because there are some things fathers do “maybe a little bit better” than mothers.
Reuters:
Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither  —  (Reuters) - As the Syrian civil war got under way, a former electrician who calls himself Sheikh Omar built up a brigade of rebel fighters.  In two years of struggle against President Bashar al-Assad, they came to number 2,000 men …
New York Times:
Afghanistan Rejects Talks With Taliban and the U.S.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Less than 24 hours after the Taliban opened an office for peace talks in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, the Afghan government backed away on Wednesday from even starting discussions with its adversaries and broke off talks …
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Michael Hastings / Associated Press:
Karzai suspends talks with U.S. over Taliban agreement
Discussion: The Agonist and USA Today
 
 
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Jo Tuckman / Guardian:
Cat stands for election in Mexican city
Fawn Johnson / NationalJournal.com:
House GOP Makes Aggressive Opening Bid on Immigration
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Joy Resmovits / The Huffington Post:
Arne Duncan: Common Core Transition Will Give States More Time To Make Evaluations Count
Discussion: Eduwonk and Joanne Jacobs
Jim O'Sullivan / Boston Globe:
Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez clash in heated debate, with special Senate election only a week away
Discussion: Weekly Standard and msnbc.com
Associated Press:
Man accused of threatening Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Partisan lines harden in Senate over immigration reform bill
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The Democrats' lost decade?
Discussion: New York Times, Hullabaloo, CNN and The Hill
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease
Discussion: Althouse
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Jenkins: The Young Won't Buy ObamaCare
Discussion: Power Line
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Postcard From Turkey  —  ISTANBUL — Having witnessed …