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12:40 PM ET, June 22, 2013


 Top Items: 
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. News:
US charges NSA leaker Snowden with espionage  —  Federal prosecutors filed espionage charges against alleged National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, officials familiar with the process said.  Authorities have also begun the process of getting Snowden back to the United States to stand trial.
Washington Post:
New documents reveal parameters of NSA's secret surveillance programs
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor, Hoyer trade blame on farm bill failure  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) blamed each other for the House's failure to pass the farm bill Thursday.  —  Hoyer started by accusing House Republicans of taking a bipartisan bill that was reported …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
House GOP ratchets up battle with Senate over student loan rates  —  House Republicans on Saturday stepped up the battle over student loans by accusing Senate Democrats of blocking a GOP plan to keep interest rates from doubling.  —  In a twist, they tried to ally themselves with President Obama …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Kansas City Star and CNN
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republicans Hate Poor Too Much to End Farm Socialism
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Farm Bill's Fate in House Bodes Ill for Immigration Reform
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Facebook Security / Facebook:
Important Message from Facebook's White Hat Program  —  At Facebook, we take people's privacy seriously, and we strive to protect people's information to the very best of our ability.  We implement many safeguards, hire the brightest engineers and train them to ensure we have only high-quality code behind …
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.
Bloomberg site registered to city  —  The name “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is well known as Mike Bloomberg's gun-control arm, which he spends his personal fortune through on ads.  Yet the group's website is registered to, and handled by, official city government servers and staffers.
Associated Press:
GOP basic strategy for 2016 looks deeply unsettled  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's road map for winning presidential elections looks hazier than ever as GOP lawmakers and others reject what many considered obvious lessons from Mitt Romney's loss last year.
Judy Nicastro / New York Times:
My Abortion, at 23 Weeks  —  KIRKLAND, Wash. — I BELIEVE that parenthood starts before conception, at the moment you decide you want a child, and are ready and able to create a safe and loving home for her or him.  I support abortion rights, but I reject the false distinction between the terms “pro-choice” and “pro-life.”
Discussion: News Desk and
Patrick Condon /
MINN.'S FRANKEN HARDLY A GOP TARGET FOR DEFEAT  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » Minn.'s Franken hardly a GOP target for defeat  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Al Franken barely made it into the Senate the first time, squeaking by with 312 votes after months …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address  —  ( - The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011 …
Fox News:
Trail of Benghazi security lapses leads to State Department senior leadership, records show  —  The decision to keep U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Fischer: Democrats Are Going to Tell President Obama to ‘Sit in the Back of the Bus’  —  On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer spent a segment gloating about how President Obama's recent speech in Berlin was an “absolute abysmal, colossal failure” because he spoke to only 4,500 invited guests …
Washington Post:
New pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC attracts donors and worries
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton wants a female president ‘in my lifetime’
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Probe into gifts to McDonnells finds new undisclosed items valued at tens of thousands  —  Federal authorities are asking Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's associates about previously undisclosed gifts given by a campaign donor to McDonnell's wife that total tens of thousands of dollars …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell: The IRS Scandal Probably Doesn't Reach The White House  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Friday to update a warning he issued at the same venue one year ago about President Obama's supposedly anti-free speech administration.
Discussion: Mediaite
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   McConnell Sees Effort to Harass the Right
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: Balloon Juice, and Wonkblog
Seung Min Kim / Reuters:
Countdown to immigration vote begins
Discussion: The Hill, The Hill and Hot Air
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
How Republicans stopped worrying and learned to love big government
Tom Harper / The Independent:
The other hacking scandal: Suppressed report reveals that law firms, telecoms giants …
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator and BBC
Bob Sullivan / Red Tape:
Lawyers eye NSA data as treasure trove for evidence in murder, divorce cases
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
When May the Government Require Groups to Endorse Certain Views in Order to Get Government Benefits?
Susan Donaldson James / ABCNEWS:
Mormon Mom Who Fought for Prop 8, Now Fights for Gay Son
David Weigel / Slate:
Netroots Nation: First Impressions
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Richard L. Hasen / The Daily Beast:
What's Taking the Supreme Court So Long?
Terrell McSweeny / The White House:
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
Official: Water complaints could be ‘act of terrorism’
Matt Berman /
Rep. Louie Gohmert Has Some Feelings About the Farm Bill, America
Discussion: Daily Kos
Yahoo! News:
Rubio weighs in on Kim Kardashian-Kanye West baby name
Discussion: Politico
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker proposes Lerner rule