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7:40 PM ET, June 19, 2013


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Tim Buckland /
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.
Tim Buckland /
Apology issued for naming of Boston bomber as a victim of gun violence at Concord rally  —  CONCORD - The organizers of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign on Wednesday apologized for including Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev among a list of shooting victims' names …
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Organizing for Action gathers a whopping three people for gun-control rally in California
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mike M. Ahlers / CNN:
Filmmaker asserts new evidence on crash of TWA Flight 800
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.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Wants Public Schools To Teach Gender Stereotypes ‘At A Very Early Age’
Discussion: Shakesville
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Chomsky: Obama is ‘dedicated to increasing terrorism’  —  In a wide-ranging interview with GRITtv host Laura Flanders, MIT professor and author Noam Chomsky plainly stated that President Barack Obama's administration is “dedicated to increasing terrorism” all around the world.
Noam Chomsky on Secret Trade Deals, Killing Polio Workers, Fighting for the Commons in Turkey …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in May suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace.  Labor market conditions have shown further improvement in recent months, on balance, but the unemployment rate remains elevated.
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Berlin Speech: 200,000 for Obama in 2008; Only 6,000 Today
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Illinois GOP official pens allegedly racist attack on black GOP candidate  —  • By Kevin McDermott 314-340-8268  —  A county Republican Party chairman in central Illinois called a black female congressional candidate the “love child” of the Democratic party …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and ABCNEWS
Rolling Stone:
Serena Williams: The Great One  —  No athlete alive dominates a sport like Serena Williams does women's tennis.  But on the whole, she'd rather be eating cinnamon rolls  —  Who is the most dominant figure in sports today?  LeBron James?  Michael Phelps?  Please.  Get that weak sauce out of here.
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.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Job Approval Holds Steady, Economic Views Improve  —  Obama Rated Positively on Terrorism, Negatively on Civil Liberties  —  OVERVIEW  —  In a second term marked by a series of controversies and little legislative success, President Obama's job approval rating has nonetheless remained fairly steady.
Marie O'Halloran / The Irish Times:
Daly attacks ‘slobbering’ over Obamas  —  Taoiseach rejects claim Ireland ‘a nation of pimps, prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head’ … Taoiseach Enda Kenny rounded on Independent TD Clare Daly after she accused him of showcasing Ireland “as a nation of pimps, prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head”.
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
How Are These Times Different?  —  Ah, Paris!  You walk for miles and miles — it's still, after all these years, a spectacularly beautiful city.  Then you have as traditional a meal as possible at an old-fashioned bistro, washed down with lots of wine.  —  And you feel like hell the next morning.
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 …
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.
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:
Quinn's Memoir Goes Largely Unsold, When It Can Be Found  —  New Yorkers aren't buying Christine C. Quinn's story - at bookstores, anyway.  —  In its first week on sale, Ms. Quinn's 240-page memoir, “With Patience and Fortitude,” has sold only about 100 print copies, according to Nielsen BookScan, which measures book sales.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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 and Taylor Marsh
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
Bombing victim calls suspects' mom ‘vile’  —  By:  —  A Boston Marathon bombing victim hospitalized for weeks after the blasts lashed out at the mother of the accused bombers, calling Zubeidat Tsarnaeva “vile” for her jihad-laced rants and denials.  —  Michelle L'Heureux …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Instapundit
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.”
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
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House seeks NBA assist on Obamacare  —  Could LeBron James be the next spokesman for Obamacare?  —  The Obama administration has reached out to the NBA about a potential marketing partnership to promote the health law, POLITICO has learned.  —  The news, revealed recently …
George Talbot /
Stephen Nodine eyes congressional bid from jail  —  MOBILE, Ala. - Stephen Nodine, a former Mobile County Commissioner now serving a two-year jail term on perjury and harassment charges, announced via email that he is considering a bid for Alabama's 1st District congressional seat.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: June 2013  —  As the country gears up for implementation of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this month's Kaiser Health Tracking Poll takes a step back and examines views on health insurance more broadly among some key subgroups …
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Alan Chambers / Exodus International:
I Am Sorry  —  Three years ago, Leslie and I began …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Raw Story
John M. Broder / New York Times:
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Paul Broun abortion vote could secure Georgia Right to Life backing
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Elisha Anderson / USA Today:
Mistrial declared in case of cop accused of killing girl
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Constitutional Amendment Would Gut Rights for Organizations
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Paul: Fire IRS agents responsible for health law implementation
Discussion: CNN and The Lead with Jake Tapper
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Sings Very Different Tune On Nuclear Option Than In 2005
Discussion: Firedoglake and The PJ Tatler
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Hoffa still missing
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Autopsy On GOP Social Issues Is ‘Grossly Overstated’ Say GOP Lawmakers
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Missing Michael Hastings