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7:05 AM ET, June 26, 2013


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Joshua Green / Businessweek:
The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Decision Is a Poison Chalice for the GOP  —  This morning, the Supreme Court struck down a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, “a landmark law that opened the polls to millions of southern blacks,” as Bloomberg's Greg Stohr put it.
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Texas voter ID law “will take effect immediately,” says Attorney General Greg Abbott  —  update: The Texas DPS will start issuing voter IDs on Thursday.  More below  —  WASHINGTON — The implications of today's landmark ruling could be swift and stunning.
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
On Voting Rights, A Decision As Lamentable as Plessy or Dred Scott  —  Splitting 5-4 along ideological lines, today the Supreme Court ruled a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.  —  Let's be clear about what has just happened.  Five unelected, life-tenured men …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rep. John Lewis: Supreme Court put a ‘dagger’ in Voting Rights Act  —  (CNN) - Longtime congressman and veteran civil rights icon John Lewis said the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act dealt a major blow to minorities in the United States.  —  “It is awful, it's a sad day …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Ginsburg Slams Supreme Court's ‘Hubris’ In Fiery Dissent On Voting Rights Act  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned the fierce dissent against the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Tuesday to invalidate a key section of the Voting Rights Act, accusing the conservative justices of displaying “hubris” and a lack of sound reasoning.
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Hot Dish Politics:
DFL Rep. Winkler tweets and deletes “Uncle Thomas” referencing Supreme Court Justice  —  State Rep. Ryan Winkler has deleted and apologized for using a racial epithet in a tweet about Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act.  —  “VRA majority is four accomplices …
Heather Gerken / Slate:
Goodbye to the Crown Jewel of the Civil Rights Movement
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act
Talking Points Memo:
Eric Cantor Reacts To Voting Rights Act Ruling
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Left Lives in the Past on Voting Rights
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Ed Driscoll
The Texas Tribune:
Dems Approach Abortion Victory as Special Session Wanes … Texas Democrats, far outnumbered by Republicans in both the House and the Senate, are nonetheless on the verge of killing one of the most restrictive abortion proposals in the nation — at least for now.
Associated Press:
Filibuster broken against abortion bill
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Yahoo! News
Associated Press:
Texas Senate GOP passes restrictive abortion bill
Christy Hoppe / Trail Blazers Blog:
After 12.5 hour filibuster, Senate Bill 5 is dead
Associated Press:
Abortion bill passes, but not before midnight deadline
Discussion: ABC News
Aaron Bycoffe / The Huffington Post:
Live Results: Massachusetts Senate Special Election  —  Massachusetts is holding a special election to fill the seat previously held by John Kerry, who left to become secretary of state.  U.S. Rep. , a Democrat, is running against Republican , a private equity executive and former Navy SEAL.
Boston Globe:
RECENT MASSACHUSETTS SENATE ELECTIONS  —  Massachusetts has had five US Senate elections in the last seven years, more than any other state.  —  Year Results  —  Democrat Elizabeth Warren polled strongly in heavily Democratic greater Boston, and in cities statewide, to defeat incumbent Republican Scott Brown 54 to 46 percent.
Discussion: ABC News and Michelle Malkin
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey tops Gomez for Senate seat  —  Democrat Edward Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special Senate election, confirming consistent polling that had shown him ahead and calming Democratic fears of another special election upset.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Statement on President Obama's Remarks on the Climate Crisis  —  This was a terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever.  I applaud the new measures announced by President Barack Obama this afternoon to help solve the climate crisis …
The White House:
Fact Sheet: President Obama's Climate Action Plan
Discussion: DeSmogBlog and The Huffington Post
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Greenwald: Snowden's Files Are Out There if ‘Anything Happens’ to Him  —  Snowden has shared encoded copies of all the documents he took so that they won't disappear if he does, Glenn Greenwald tells Eli Lake.  —  As the U.S. government presses Moscow to extradite former National Security …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Documents Illuminate Ecuador's Spying Practices
Discussion: Business Insider
Putin: NSA whistleblower Snowden is in Moscow airport
Jon Schuppe /
Anthony Weiner Surges to Lead in Democratic Mayoral Race: NBC NY/WSJ/Marist Poll  —  The poll finds Weiner with 25 percent and Quinn with 20 percent among registered Democrats  —  Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has surged ahead of his opponents in a new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal poll …
Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
Weiner Leads Democrats in Race for NYC Mayor: Poll … Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leads City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the race for New York City's Democratic mayoral nomination for the first time, snatching the frontrunner mantle as the contest heads into the final months before the primary …
Discussion:, CNN and Taylor Marsh
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Zimmerman Trial Day 2 - Analysis of State's Witnesses  —  Today can only be characterized as an utter debacle for the prosecution in Florida v. Zimmerman.  Besides the testimony of a couple of highly professional law enforcement witnesses, the testimony of the the other State witnesses ranged …
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
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Why I'm voting no on immigration reform
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
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