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2:00 PM ET, June 25, 2013

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RT:
Putin: Snowden still in Moscow airport, won't be extradited, free to go anywhere  —  Russia's President says former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is still in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.  Vladimir Putin says that any accusations of Russia related to Snowden are “nonsense and rubbish.”
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John Cassidy / News Desk:
Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On?  —  As I write this, a bunch of reporters are flying from Moscow to Havana on an Aeroflot Airbus 330, but Edward Snowden isn't sitting among them.  His whereabouts are unknown.  He might still be in the V.I.P. lounge at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama's hands-off approach to extraditing Snowden draws criticism  —  It was bright and sunny in Washington on Saturday as President Obama stepped out of the White House in flip-flops and khaki shorts to hit the golf course with his buddies.  —  At the same time, officials throughout …
Politico:
Obama in the doldrums  —  Not yet six months into his second term, Barack Obama's presidency is in a dead zone.  —  A combination of familiar Washington intransigence and a more recent run of bad news and political setbacks have left him with less influence over his circumstances …
Guardian:
Edward Snowden never crossed border into Russia, says foreign minister
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: The Age of American Impotence
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Treaty Cheating  —  Russia is engaged in a major violation …
Discussion: Sense of Events
New York Times:
Empty Seat Deepens a Mystery in Moscow
Washington Post:   Snowden case highlights Ecuador's double standard
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, ruling that Congress had not provided adequate justification for subjecting nine states, mostly in the South, to federal oversight.
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NBC Politics:
Supreme Court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — the map that determines which states must get federal permission before they change their voting laws.  —  The ruling, a 5-4 decision …
Bill Mears / CNN:
Justices limit Voting Rights Act  —  What do you think?  Sound off in a video on CNN iReport.  —  Washington (CNN) — A federal civil rights law that has stood for generations will be tougher to enforce after Tuesday's ruling by the Supreme Court.  —  In a 5-4 vote, justices limited …
John Fund / National Review:
A Civil-Rights Victory  —  The Supreme Court's decision today to overturn a small part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is actually a victory for civil rights.  As the court noted, what made sense both in moral and practical terms almost a half century ago has to be approached anew.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court stops use of key part of Voting Rights Act
Discussion: The Fix
Sam Baker / The Hill:
High court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act in 5-4 ruling
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Plum Line
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Supreme Court doesn't resolve wrongs of affirmative action
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Washington Wire and Twitchy
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Justice Samuel Alito's middle-school antics  —  The most remarkable thing about the Supreme Court's opinions announced Monday was not what the justices wrote or said.  It was what Samuel Alito did.  —  The associate justice, a George W. Bush appointee, read two opinions …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama to Outline Ambitious Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will propose a sweeping plan to address climate change on Tuesday, setting ambitious goals and timetables for a series of executive actions to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare the nation for the ravages of a warming planet.
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Juliet Eilperin / The Fix:
Is Obama waging a ‘war on coal’?
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Documents Show Liberals in I.R.S. Dragnet  —  WASHINGTON — The instructions that Internal Revenue Service officials used to look for applicants seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their titles also included groups whose names included the words “Progressive” and …
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John H. Richardson / Esquire:
THE QUOTE THAT SHOULD END THE TRAYVON TRIAL  —  George Zimmerman is going to be found guilty.  All the evidence you need — all the evidence the cops needed — is right there in the interrogation they did with him three days after the shooting.  The only thing more shocking than what Zimmerman …
Discussion: CNN and The Mahablog
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Paula's Worst Ingredients  —  Paula Deen is where sass meets crass, where the homespun and folksy curdle into something with a sour aftertaste.  —  Her manner may be as sugary as her cooking, her smile as big as the hams she hawked for Smithfield.  But she doesn't pause when she should.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Louie Gohmert: Mankind OK sans sex ed  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert says he doesn't see the value of sex education, noting that “mankind has existed” just fine without for a long time.  —  On Monday, the Texas Republican was discussing indoctrination through education on a conservative radio show …
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Politico:
On Penny Pritzker, where's the outrage?  —  Penny Pritzker has understated her income by tens of millions of dollars, clashed openly with organized labor, benefited from offshore tax havens and invested in financial instruments that helped precipitate the 2008 financial meltdown.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Spokesman Says Iran's President ‘Will Return With Hidden Imam’  —  An Iranian government spokesman has said that outgoing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will return with the Hidden Imam, who according to Shi'ite belief went into hiding in the 10th century and will reappear to bring justice to Earth.
Irin Carmon / Salon:
Caught on tape: Crisis pregnancy center's abortion lies  —  Watch: Exclusive video shows antiabortion pregnancy center give young woman medically inaccurate, dangerous advice  —  In a secretly recorded video (embedded at the bottom of this story), a young woman named Kate, 19 …
Discussion: American Spectator and Feministing
Robert Costa / National Review:
Bolton Plans a Tour of Early-Primary States  —  Watch out, Rand Paul.  —  As Paul, a Kentucky senator, plans for a 2016 presidential run, he is talking up his views on foreign policy, which, broadly speaking, include less intervention in foreign conflicts and a smaller military budget.
 
 
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
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Financial Times:
Warming oceans make parts of world ‘uninsurable’, say insurers
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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Republican Voters Warn Lawmakers Against Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants
David Daley / Salon:
Chris Hayes: Bring on the upper-middle-class revolution!
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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U.S. Civil Charges Against Corzine Are Seen as Near
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Salt Lake Tribune:
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Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain: US will have ‘most militarized’ border since Berlin Wall
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The Senate GOP's Primary Problem
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Star Scientific CEO financed shopping spree for first lady
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Mike Hogan / The Huffington Post:
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