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10:40 PM ET, June 19, 2013


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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
James Gandolfini Is Dead at 51; Tough-Talking Mob Boss in ‘Sopranos’  —  James Gandolfini, the Emmy Award-winning actor who shot to fame on the HBO drama “The Sopranos” as Tony Soprano, a tough-talking, hard-living crime boss with a stolid exterior but a rich interior life, died on Wednesday.
Pat Saperstein / Variety:
James Gandolfini Dead at 51  —  VIEW GALLERY  —  James Gandolfini, who won three Emmys for his portrayal of flawed antihero and conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos,” died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack.  HBO reps confirmed his death on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Week, Gawker and Blazing Cat Fur
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Raw Story and The Hill
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Wants Public Schools To Teach Gender Stereotypes ‘At A Very Early Age’
Discussion: Feministing and Shakesville
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Conservative Petri Dish
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Berlin Speech: 200,000 for Obama in 2008; Only 6,000 Today  —  The White House pool report reveals that only 6,000 will be in attendance for Obama's Berlin speech today: … Last time around, when Obama delivered a speech in Berlin in the 2008 presidential campaign, when he was still a senator, 200,000 folks came out to see him.
Embarrassing Photo Compares Obama's Berlin Crowds
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: KTLA 5 and
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
FBI Director Mueller: Drones used for domestic surveillance in US
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 …
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.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Fix
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”.
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.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Readying Emissions Limits on Power Plants  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday.  The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Explored Deal for Nokia  —  Microsoft Corp. recently held advanced talks with Nokia Corp. about buying its handset business, people familiar with the matter said, as laggards in the fast-moving mobile market struggle to gain ground.  —  The discussions faltered over price and worries …
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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 …
New York Times:
Buyers Are Scarce for Quinn's Memoir  —  New Yorkers are not 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,” sold about 100 print copies, according to Nielsen BookScan, which measures book sales.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Alan Chambers / Exodus International:
I Am Sorry  —  Three years ago, Leslie and I began a very public conversation with Our America's Lisa Ling, from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) regarding some of our deeply held beliefs about Christianity and the LGBT community.  Today, we have decided to carry this public conversation even further.
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 …
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Constitutional Amendment Would Gut Rights for Organizations  —  Legal experts say a constitutional amendment proposed by Senate Democrats would eliminate all constitutional rights for nonprofit groups and many religious organizations.  —  Constitutional scholars also suggested the amendment …
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Senate on Verge of Border-Security Deal
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Rockefeller to become 52nd ENDA sponsor
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Paul Broun abortion vote could secure Georgia Right to Life backing
Discussion: and Washington Monthly
Elisha Anderson / USA Today:
Mistrial declared in case of cop accused of killing girl
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Paul: Fire IRS agents responsible for health law implementation
Discussion: The Lead with Jake Tapper and CNN
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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
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
Bombing victim calls suspects' mom ‘vile’
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Instapundit
Hayley Peterson / Daily Mail:
‘Tell your boss I owe him another friggin’ …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Atlantic Wire
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Hillary Has to Dump Bill Now
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Taylor Marsh
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
On fertility, and the flauntingly fecund Sarah Palin