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2:15 PM ET, June 24, 2013


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White House: Hong Kong had ‘plenty of time’ to stop Snowden - live coverage  —  Sort by:  —  5.37pm BST  —  Carney says “it's safe to assume” that classified information Snowden has with him has already been obtained by foreign intelligence services.  —  “It's safe to assume that information …
New York Times:
Plane for Cuba Leaves Russia, but Snowden Is Not on Board  —  MOSCOW — Intrigue deepened on Monday over the whereabouts of Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor accused of espionage, when he did not leave Moscow on a planned flight to Havana …
Max Read / Gawker:
Snowden Snow Job: Leaker Fools Reporters on to Cuba Flight Without Him  —  NSA Leaker Edward Snowden was supposed to be on Aeroflot Flight 180 from Moscow to Havana.  He wasn't.  But “dozens” of journalists are.  It just took off.  And there's no booze service on board.  Welcome to the Cuban Whistleblower Crisis.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
For Snowden, a Hasty Exit Started With Pizza Inside a Hong Kong Hideout  —  HONG KONG — For Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has acknowledged leaking numerous documents about American surveillance operations around the world, the path to a sudden departure …
Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snowden
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Assange: Snowden is ‘healthy and safe,’ awaiting asylum decision
Discussion: CNN
New York Post:
Outrage as Russia's Vladimir Putin aids flight of NSA leaker Snowden
Court rules in affirmative action case  —  What do you think of the court's decision?  Share your thoughts in a short video on CNN iReport.  —  Washington (CNN) — The Supreme Court sidestepped a sweeping decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
SCOTUS passes on big affirmative action decision  —  The Supreme Court gave a reprieve Monday to affirmative action programs in higher education, as the justices revived a challenge to a University of Texas diversity program but stopped short of an explicit up-or-down ruling on its constitutionality.
Miranda Leitsinger / U.S. News:
Same-sex marriage opponents plan for DOMA ruling, weigh constitutional challenge
Discussion: Truth Wins Out and Joe. My. God.
Washington Wire:   Live Blog: Monday at the Supreme Court
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Supreme Court declines to hear ethanol fuel case
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Baker / The Hill:   Supreme Court avoids ruling in Texas affirmative action case
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Legislator Claims Rape Kits Are A Form Of Abortion  —  In the midst of all the chaos on Sunday night as the Texas legislature pushed through a series of stringent restrictions on abortion and women's health, it was easy to miss what might have been the most inaccurate and dangerous claim …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Texas Legislator Claims Rape Kits Prevent Pregnancy During Marathon Legislative Session  —  While you slept last night, the Texas House of Representatives had an epic battle over draconian anti-abortion legislation being advanced during a special session called by Governor Rick Perry.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Chris Tomlinson / TIME:
Texas Lawmakers Approve Abortion Restrictions
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Support snowballs ahead of Senate immigration reform vote  —  Immigration reform has gotten a new burst of life as a growing number of Senate Republicans have embraced the 1,000-page-plus legislation, setting up President Obama for a big victory this week.  [WATCH VIDEO]
Millarworld New Topics:
JIM CARREY CONDEMNS KICK-ASS 2 VIOLENCE!  —  First off, I love Jim Carrey.  When producer Matthew Vaughn and director Jeff Wadlow called me up and suggested we do a conference call with him to talk about the sequel to the 2010 original I was genuinely excited.  Like you, I love Eternal Sunshine, Man on the Moon and The Truman Show.
Ben Child / Guardian:
Jim Carrey condemns violence in his own movie Kick-Ass 2
Discussion: Hit & Run
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Et Tu, Bernanke?  —  For the most part, Ben Bernanke and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve have been good guys in these troubled economic times.  They have tried to boost the economy even as most of Washington seemingly either forgot about the jobless, or decided that the best …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court enters appointments battle  —  Stepping into a constitutional controversy with deep roots in American history, along with major implications for today's politics, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to define when the President can act alone to fill vacant government posts.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Agree to Hear Case on President's Recess Appointments
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Rights Unit Finds Bias Against Transgender Student  —  DENVER — A Colorado school district discriminated against a transgender first grader when it refused to let her use the girl's bathroom, the state's civil rights division has determined, a decision gay and transgender advocates …
Ed Payne / CNN:
Transgender first-grader wins the right to use girls' restroom
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Anthony Weiner Story The New York Times Didn't Want You To See  —  Published.  Then deleted.  —  Earlier this month, on June 10, The New York Times inadvertently briefly posted an article on the lives of the women involved in Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Rare
Suffolk University:
Suffolk University Poll Shows Markey with 10-Point Lead over Gomez in U.S. Senate Race  —  Survey shows Obama's approval ratings declining, and a majority of voters polled don't trust government on privacy.  —  Democrat Edward Markey (52 percent) holds a comfortable lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez …
Eliana Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS's Best Friend in Congress  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings says the House investigation is a ‘witch hunt.’ Yet revealing evidence keeps coming.  —  The House Oversight Committee's investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's discrimination against conservative groups continues …
Rasmussen Reports:
Among GOP, Rubio Faves Down 15 Points This Year  —  Senator Marco Rubio, widely expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has seen his popularity with Republican voters slip in recent months.  —  Rubio, the most visible advocate of the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform plan …
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Report: Federal Defense Contractors Paid Almost Double Obama's Salary
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Another 787 Dreamliner diverted for mechanical problem
Discussion: The Verge and
Russ Blinch / The Huffington Post:
Obama Needs to Seize His Sputnik Moment on Climate
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas official: Stopping Assad priority over ‘jihad in Palestine’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
‘Borders First’ a Dividing Line in Immigration Debate
Discussion: The Fix and Taegan Goddard's …
Arutz Sheva:
Neturei Karta Rabbi Attacked in Amsterdam
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Ben Quayle shifts focus, joins law firm
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Half in U.S. Support Publicly Financed Federal Campaigns
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and CNN
Bill Friskics-Warren / New York Times:
Bobby (Blue) Bland, Soul and Blues Balladeer, Dies at 83
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Bender / Forbes:
One Problem With Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon Walk: It Isn't At The Grand Canyon