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11:45 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.
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BuzzFeed:
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.”
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 …
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:
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
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Holly Yan / CNN:
Obama to call for U.S., Russia to cut nuclear warhead supply by one-third
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 and USA Today
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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 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: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Rep. Won't Say Why She Opposes 5-Month Abortion Ban Even If It ‘Saves One Life’  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The Democrats' lost decade?  —  Democrats fell far short of winning the House in 2012, an otherwise banner year for the party, and many are privately glum about taking back the chamber in 2014.  —  But that grim immediate outlook raises a far more troubling longer-term prospect for Democrats …
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Senate hopefuls charge into final week with a heated debate
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
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
Susan Davis / Associated Press:
House passes far-reaching bill to limit abortions  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives approved a far-reaching bill to ban a woman's ability to seek an abortion after 20 weeks on a mostly party-line 228-196 vote Tuesday  —  It stands no chance of becoming law under the Obama administration.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Dem Rep.: Rape ‘not so bad’ to GOP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Reception for Obama Is More Sober Than in 2008  —  BERLIN — The last time President Obama paid a visit here, as a candidate in 2008, he was cheered on by 200,000 Germans eager to see the back of George W. Bush and, as one member of that crowd recalled Tuesday, “full of wholly unrealistic expectations …
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Organizing for Action gathers a whopping three people for gun-control rally in California  —  Feel the momentum: … The problem for the gun-control crowd has always been, even when polls show support for a measure of gun control under consideration, gun control moves Second Amendment supporters …
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
NSA whistleblowers: Obama administration misleading on surveillance programs  —  President Barack Obama publicly defended the NSA programs revealed by admitted leaker Edward Snowden.  —  “If you're a U.S. person, then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it's not targeting …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Lives have been saved’ by NSA surveillance programs
Discussion: Reuters
NCTQ:
Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report  —  The first edition of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review is an unprecedented evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers.  As a consumer tool, it allows aspiring teachers, parents and school districts …
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:   University programs that train U.S. teachers get mediocre marks in first-ever ratings
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Jenkins: The Young Won't Buy ObamaCare  —  It makes scant financial sense for them to subsidize others' care.  —  Media outlets lately have emphasized the challenge of enticing healthy young adults to sign up for ObamaCare, “exactly the type of person insurance plans, states and the federal government …
Discussion: Power Line
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why It Matters that Obama's Approval Rating Is Falling  —  Despite ridiculous hype about a recent CNN poll that showed an exaggerated 8-point drop in Obama's approval rating, there's no doubt that his approval rating is about 4 points lower than it was in January 2013.
 
 
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Fla. poll: Hillary Clinton beats Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Anti-war Democrats' lack of unity gives Obama cover on Syria policy
Bloomberg:
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
AirTalk | 89.3 KPCC:
Updated: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: ‘I want to run for governor’
Discussion: CNN
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Postcard From Turkey  —  ISTANBUL — Having witnessed …
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Which Party Benefits From Immigration Reform?
Discussion: Wonkblog and Politico
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Professor Orders Students to Support Gay Rights
CNN:
Rand Paul: James Clapper was lying
Discussion: Guardian
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Full House committee transcripts shed new light on genesis of IRS targeting