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11:00 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 …
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.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and Althouse
Holly Yan / CNN:
Obama to call for U.S., Russia to cut nuclear warhead supply by one-third
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Wall Street Journal:   U.S. to Propose New Phase In Nuclear Arms Cuts
Michael Hastings / Associated Press:
Karzai suspends talks with U.S. over Taliban agreement  —  Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following a security handoff ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul.  (Shah Marai, AFP/Getty Images / June 18, 2013)
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
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’
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Rep. Won't Say Why She Opposes 5-Month Abortion Ban Even If It ‘Saves One Life’  —  ( - Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) would not answer why she opposed a bill to ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks even if it would “save one life,” a rationale regularly used by Democrats when pushing for gun-control legislation.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
House passes late term abortion ban
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.”
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: Poynter
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
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.
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.
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: Blog
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
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James Rosen / Fox News:
Did senior State Department security officials commit perjury?  —  Two top officials at the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DS) — the federal law enforcement agency that protects American diplomats and investigates allegations of criminal misconduct by State Department employees …
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
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.
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.
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Organizing for Action gathers a whopping three people for gun-control rally in California
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Jenkins: The Young Won't Buy ObamaCare
Discussion: Power Line
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Anti-war Democrats' lack of unity gives Obama cover on Syria policy
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Lives have been saved’ by NSA surveillance programs
Discussion: Reuters
Elizabeth Redden / Inside Higher Ed:
Undue Influence?  —  Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's assertion …
Discussion: New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
AirTalk | 89.3 KPCC:
Updated: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: ‘I want to run for governor’
Discussion: CNN
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Professor Orders Students to Support Gay Rights
Rand Paul: James Clapper was lying
Discussion: Guardian