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8:05 AM ET, June 23, 2013


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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi booed, heckled at Netroots Nation 2013  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by progressive activists Saturday for defending President Obama on the NSA's surveillance programs and suggesting that alleged leaker Edward Snowden broke the law.
James Pomfret / Reuters:
Hong Kong lets Snowden leave, with Cuba among possible destinations  —  (Reuters) - A former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, charged by the United States with espionage, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday, his final destination as yet unknown, because a U.S. request …
Jake Miller / CBS News:
White House: “We expect” Hong Kong to comply with Snowden extradition  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told CBS News Saturday that the U.S. government has asked Hong Kong authorities to extradite Edward Snowden, the man behind the recent leaks …
Michael Gordon / The Charlotte Observer:
N.C. lawyers listen as Justice Scalia bemoans ‘moral arbiter’ on eve of gay marriage ruling  —  ASHEVILLE With a potentially ground-breaking decision on gay marriage expected next week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Friday morning that he and other judges should stop setting moral …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Weighs Cases Redefining Legal Equality  —  WASHINGTON — Within days, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a series of decisions that could transform three fundamental social institutions: marriage, education and voting.  —  The extraordinary run of blockbuster rulings due …
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Obama to announce Tuesday he will regulate existing power plants as part of climate strategy  —  President Obama will announce Tuesday that he plans to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, according to individuals who have been briefed on the plan but asked not to be identified.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Climate plan to be unveiled Tuesday
Discussion: CNN
Stunt plane crashes in Ohio; 2 dead  —  (CNN) — A fiery plane crash at an Ohio air show killed two people on Saturday, CNN affiliate WHIO reported.  —  A wing walker was performing on a Stearman biplane when it plunged to the ground, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Waves of egyptian fighters and the shape of things to come  —  The Washington Post reports that “waves of Egyptians” are pouring into Syria to join the fight against the Assad regime and its allies, Hezbollah and Iran.  The Egyptians in question are “fired by the virulently sectarian rhetoric …
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Post:
‘Kill Whitey’ Panther is held on gun rap  —  The tattoo on his face says, “Kill Whitey” in block letters, and cops say the gun he carried was loaded and unlicensed.  —  But that didn't stop Maruse Heath — head of the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panther Party …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Border Surge Meets Bluster Surge  —  Pro-immigration senators are now proposing a “border surge.”  —  In an effort to secure passage of the embattled immigration bill, two Republicans, Bob Corker and John Hoeven, are proposing an amendment that would, according to The New York Times …
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Lindsey Graham: The Senate's Republican Deal Maker  —  Lindsey Graham on an immigration-reform breakthrough and battling against the ‘isolationist movement’ in the GOP.  —  Washington  —  Pick almost any recent big story out of Washington.  The secret phone and email surveillance.
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Washington Post:
Probe into gifts to McDonnells finds new undisclosed items valued at tens of thousands
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Tom Harper / The Independent:
The other hacking scandal: Suppressed report reveals that law firms, telecoms giants …
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My Abortion, at 23 Weeks  —  KIRKLAND, Wash. — I BELIEVE …
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Memo: Google CEO Sundar Pichai calls Gemini's problematic responses around race “completely unacceptable” and vows to make structural changes to fix the problem

Christopher Zara / Fast Company:
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