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6:25 PM ET, June 19, 2013

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Tim Buckland / unionleader.com:
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.
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Tim Buckland / unionleader.com:
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 …
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 …
RT:
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 …
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
FBI Director Mueller: Drones used for domestic surveillance in US  —  The FBI uses drones to watch specific targets within the United States, the bureau's chief said Wednesday.  —  FBI Director Robert Mueller told senators the agency uses drones infrequently for surveillance in the U.S. and only in regards to specific investigations.
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 …
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Mike M. Ahlers / CNN:
Filmmaker asserts new evidence on crash of TWA Flight 800
Discussion: AL.com
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: The Hill and The Raw Story
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Wants Public Schools To Teach Gender Stereotypes ‘At A Very Early Age’
Discussion: Shakesville
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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GRITtv:
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.
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.
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.
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.
George Talbot / AL.com:
Stephen Nodine eyes bid for Alabama congressional seat  —  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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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 …
Reuters:
Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither  —  (Reuters) - As the Syrian civil war got under way, a former electrician who calls himself Sheikh Omar built up a brigade of rebel fighters.  In two years of struggle against President Bashar al-Assad, they came to number 2,000 men …
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
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Sings Very Different Tune On Nuclear Option Than In 2005  —  After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned Tuesday that going nuclear on filibuster reform for nominations would lead to the end of the 60-vote threshold for all matters, Democrats quickly pointed …
 
 
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Don't write off Alex Sink running for Florida governor just yet
Discussion: The Fix
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Preparing Big Effort to Curb Climate Change
Paul Krugman:
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Paul Broun abortion vote could secure Georgia Right to Life backing
Discussion: Washington Monthly and msnbc.com
Elisha Anderson / USA Today:
Mistrial declared in case of cop accused of killing girl
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House seeks NBA assist on Obamacare
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Constitutional Amendment Would Gut Rights for Organizations
Daniel Denvir / Philadelphia City Paper:
Secret poll: Corbett should exploit Philly school crisis, attack teachers union for political gain
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Paul: Fire IRS agents responsible for health law implementation
Discussion: CNN and The Lead with Jake Tapper
Los Angeles Times:
AMA declares obesity a disease
Discussion: Shakesville
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Hoffa still missing
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Autopsy On GOP Social Issues Is ‘Grossly Overstated’ Say GOP Lawmakers