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5:00 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:
U.S. Urges Russia to Hand Over Snowden  —  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, one day after Hong Kong frustrated …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
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 …
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Assange: Snowden is ‘healthy and safe,’ awaiting asylum decision
Discussion: Politico and CNN
New York Times:
China Said to Have Made Call to Let Leaker Depart
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 …
Alan Fram /
IRS CHIEF: INAPPROPRIATE SCREENING WAS BROAD  —  You are here  —  Home » United States » IRS chief: Inappropriate screening was broad  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS chief: Agency improperly screened groups until last month  —  The acting head of the IRS said Monday that the agency was still giving improper scrutiny to groups seeking tax-exempt status when he arrived in May, suggesting that the probe into the IRS's treatment of conservative groups could widen.
Discussion: Politico
Eliana Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS's Best Friend in Congress
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]
Kevin Derby / Sunshine State News:
Sarah Palin: Marco Rubio 'Pelosi'-ing the Immigration Bill
Fawn Johnson /
Time's Up. Immigration Won't Pass This Year
Erik Wemple:
Greenwald: Beltway media types are ‘courtiers to power’  —  Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald yesterday clashed with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, who'd asked Greenwald the following question: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements …
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 …
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 …
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Red panda missing at National Zoo  —  A male red panda has turned up missing at the Smithsonian National Zoo, a spokeswoman said Monday, and zoo officials have been combing the grounds searching for him.  —  Rusty, who is less than a year old and is about the size of a raccoon …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Why You Shouldn't Be Surprised That The National Zoo Lost A Red Panda
Discussion: City Desk
U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists  —  By Leonid Bershidsky 2013-06-23T22:00:00Z  —  The debate over the U.S. government's monitoring of digital communications suggests that Americans are willing to allow it as long as it is genuinely targeted at terrorists.
The Anthony Weiner Story The New York Times Didn't Want You To See  —  Published.  Then deleted.  Update: Several hours after this story was posted the New York Times republished their story.  —  On June 10, The New York Times inadvertently briefly posted an article on the lives …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: 'I'm Focused On Poverty These Days'  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Monday that he's focused primarily on addressing poverty, a week after he complained that the farm bill did not include enough cuts to the food stamp program.
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.
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.
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Mitt Romney rehashes 2012 for two books  —  Mitt Romney, who has largely avoided the public spotlight since his presidential election defeat last November, has granted interviews to the authors of two forthcoming books about the 2012 campaign, according to two sources familiar with the conversations.
Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood's New Screen Test  —  Big Studios' Korea Experiment Rents Movies on Demand While Still in Theaters  —  Two Hollywood studios have quietly begun testing a controversial business model in South Korea after years of failed efforts in the U.S.: renting movies via video on demand while they are still playing in theaters.
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 Earlier Items: 
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Russ Blinch / The Huffington Post:
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas official: Stopping Assad priority over ‘jihad in Palestine’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Miranda Leitsinger / U.S. News:
Same-sex marriage opponents plan for DOMA ruling, weigh constitutional challenge
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Ben Quayle shifts focus, joins law firm
Discussion: Ballot Box
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Climate Plans Face Yearslong Fight