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11:15 PM ET, June 21, 2013


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Washington Post:
U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage in leaks about NSA surveillance programs  —  Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs …
U.S. charges Snowden with espionage  —  Washington (CNN) — Federal prosecutors have charged Edward Snowden, the man who admitted leaking top-secret details about U.S. surveillance programs, with espionage and theft of government property, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on Friday.
Yahoo! News:
The top 9,486 ways Jay Carney won't answer your questions (interactive)  —  Jay Carney doesn't have an answer for that.  He hasn't discussed that subject with the president.  He will refer you to the Department of [insert agency here].  He refuses to speculate on that.  He'll have to get back to you.
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Top Shulman aide frequent White House visitor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   McConnell Sees Effort to Harass the Right
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell: The IRS Scandal Probably Doesn't Reach The White House
Discussion: Mediaite
Yahoo! News:
White House doesn't have ‘figure on costs’ of Africa trip
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Leahy: GOP Border Security Amendment ‘A Christmas Wish List For Haliburton’  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Friday that the new border security amendment added to the immigration reform bill in the Senate is nothing more than a gift to defense contractors, but the Senate Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Wonkblog, Balloon Juice and
Seung Min Kim / Reuters:
Countdown to immigration vote begins
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid schedules vote on border security amendment for Monday
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
The Kickstarter Blog:
We were wrong  —  On Wednesday morning Kickstarter was sent a blog post quoting disturbing material found on Reddit.  The offensive material was part of a draft for a “seduction guide” that someone was using Kickstarter to publish.  The posts offended a lot of people — us included — and many asked us to cancel the creator's project.
Washington Post:
New pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC attracts donors and worries  —  The campaign has a flashy Web site and official logo T-shirts and signs.  Prominent Democrats have endorsed it and written $25,000 checks.  Its paid operatives and volunteers have set up shop in an Alexandria strip mall office …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton wants a female president ‘in my lifetime’
Discussion: CNN
Richard L. Hasen / The Daily Beast:
What's Taking the Supreme Court So Long?  —  The biggest cases are still to come—and we should be celebrating this drawn-out finale, writes Richard L. Hasen, in defense of the court's end-of-term crunch.  —  With everyone anxiously awaiting potentially blockbuster decisions on issues …
Discussion: American Prospect
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Preemptive Strike: Conservatives Vow To Defy Supreme Court If It Rules For Marriage Equality
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Farm Bill's Fate in House Bodes Ill for Immigration Reform  —  WASHINGTON — The story of the 113th Congress was on display during a single afternoon this week.  —  On the Senate floor on Thursday, Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-fought path forward on a bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
First Read:
First Thoughts: What the farm bill's defeat tells us about immigration's chances
Julia Moskin / New York Times:
Food Network Drops Paula Deen  —  Paula Deen, the self-proclaimed queen of Southern cooking and a sugary mainstay of the Food Network, was dropped by the network on Friday, following a bewildering day in which she failed to show up for an interview on the “Today” show and then in two online videos begged …
GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications  —  Exclusive: British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal
Matt Berman /
Rep. Louie Gohmert Has Some Feelings About the Farm Bill, America  —  On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Louie Gohmert gave a long, rambling floor speech.  This isn't the most unusual thing to see happen on the House floor on a Thursday afternoon, but Gohmert really made this 30-minutes count:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Yahoo! News
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Hundreds Of Texans Stand Up Against Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill, Block It From Coming To A Vote  —  Protesters projected “End the War on Women” onto the building where the hearing on SB 5 was held.  (Credit: @TaneneAllison)  —  Texas lawmakers are currently rushing an omnibus anti-abortion bill through …
Andrea Grimes / RH Reality Check:
700 Texans Gather for 'People's Filibuster,' GOP Lawmaker Tries to Silence ‘Repetitive’ Testimony
Discussion: The Raw Story
JohnE / Ace of Spades HQ:
Is Michael Bloomberg Using City Resources For His “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” Group?  —  I really hate doing the question headline, but this definitely needs answering.  I started poking around last night.  —  At first I pinged and found that it was resolving at a New York City government IP address.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and Twitchy
Terrell McSweeny / The White House:
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:  — Denise Bauer - Ambassador to Belgium, Department of State  — John Berry - Ambassador to Australia, Department of State
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Here Is the Archive of the Famous Liberal Media ‘Journolist’  —  Way back in 2009, the hottest media story was the exposure of the existence of “Journolist,” a private listserv of several hundred mostly liberal journalists, talking to each other about crap.  This was perceived as a big scandal!
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Russ Tice, Bush-Era Whistleblower, Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack Obama In 2004  —  Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst who in 2005 blew the whistle on what he alleged was massive unconstitutional domestic spying across multiple agencies, claimed Wednesday that the NSA had ordered wiretaps …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Profits Without Production  —  One lesson from recent economic troubles has been the usefulness of history.  Just as the crisis was unfolding, the Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff — who unfortunately became famous for their worst work — published a brilliant book with the sarcastic title “This Time Is Different.”
President Bullard's Comments on Recent FOMC Actions  —  ST. LOUIS - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard dissented with the Federal Open Market Committee decision announced on June 19, 2013.  In his view, the Committee should have more strongly signaled its willingness …
David Weigel / Slate:
Netroots Nation: First Impressions  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—The main ballroom of the convention hall was about half-full.  The big “draw” for the first night's keynote speech was Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who's beloved on the left for trying to reform the filibuster.  But he's not exactly a major newsmaker.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
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Climate Expert von Storch:
McLibel leaflet was co-written by undercover police officer Bob Lambert
Discussion: BBC, Gawker and Hit & Run
Official: Water complaints could be ‘act of terrorism’
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Yahoo! News:
Rubio weighs in on Kim Kardashian-Kanye West baby name
Discussion: Politico
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Los Angeles Times:
Exclusive: U.S. secretly providing training for Syrian rebels
Discussion: Hot Air and
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis