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12:45 PM 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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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Missing Michael Hastings  —  One of the great reporters of his generation died Tuesday at 33.  The stories he wrote, and the ones he didn't live to write.  —  Via: Blue Rider Press  —  Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn't want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor.
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 …
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama in Berlin calls for reducing world's nuclear stockpiles
Discussion: Politico
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Reception for Obama Is More Sober Than in 2008
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama calls for nuclear warhead reduction in U.S., Russia
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Berlin Speech: 200,000 for Obama in 2008; Only 6,000 Today
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
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
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
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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Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Organizing for Action gathers a whopping three people for gun-control rally in California
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.
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
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.
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: USA Today and The Agonist
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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
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
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
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Senator: IRS to pay $70M in employee bonuses  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and “The Lid”
Devlin Barrett / Washington Wire:
FBI Chief: Surveillance Drones Used in U.S.  —  Asked about drones at a Senate hearing, FBI director Robert Mueller said the agency use them “in a very, very minimal way, very seldom.”  —  Federal agencies have been using drones for years to monitor the northern and southern borders of the U.S. …
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 …
Joy Resmovits / The Huffington Post:
Arne Duncan: Common Core Transition Will Give States More Time To Make Evaluations Count  —  In what some see as a tacit recognition of the Obama administration's overreach into nitty-gritty management of America's schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give states a reprieve …
Discussion: Eduwonk and Joanne Jacobs
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 …
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” …
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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Jim O'Sullivan / Boston Globe:
Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez clash in heated debate, with special Senate election only a week away
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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
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
Pa. Union Ad: Privatizing Liquor Stores Will Kill People
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
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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
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Elizabeth Redden / Inside Higher Ed:
Undue Influence?  —  Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's assertion …
Discussion: New Republic
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Which Party Benefits From Immigration Reform?
Discussion: Wonkblog and Politico
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
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CNN:
Rand Paul: James Clapper was lying
Discussion: Guardian