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10:25 AM ET, June 25, 2013


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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 …
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US-China relations chill over Snowden  —  Press secretary Jay Carney blasted China in unusually blunt terms as the administration hunted for Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency documents who is now believed to be hiding out in Russia.  —  Carney dismissed Hong Kong's legal justification …
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
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.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, ABC, Althouse, Daily Kos and Politico
Miriam Elder / Guardian:
Edward Snowden never crossed border into Russia, says foreign minister  —  Sergei Lavrov's comments about fugitive US whistleblower deepen mystery surrounding his whereabouts  —  Russia's foreign minister has said the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden never crossed the border into Russia …
Washington Post:
Snowden case highlights Ecuador's double standard  —  CHINA MADE a show of disrespect for the Obama administration Sunday by facilitating the flight of Edward Snowden.  Russia may do the same.  But when it comes to anti-American chutzpah, there's no beating Rafael Correa, the autocratic leader of tiny, impoverished Ecuador.
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
ABC News:
Officials: How Edward Snowden Could Hurt the U.S.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hot Air
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
When Journalists Attack  —  With its rush to compare Obama …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Moderate Voice
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
‘Lookout List’ Not Much Broader Than Originally Thought, Contrary to Reports  —  Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel on Monday told reporters that the now-infamous “Be On The Lookout” list was far broader than was originally disclosed in the Treasury Department inspector general's report.
Discussion: Power Line
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
IRS chief: Inappropriate screening was broad
IRS Look at Progressive Groups Complicates Controversy
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
IRS Targeted Progressive Groups, Too, Documents Reveal
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Documents Show Liberals in I.R.S. Dragnet
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.
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama to lay out three-part plan for addressing climate change  —  With little to no hope on Capitol Hill for action on climate change, President Obama on Tuesday plans to bypass Congress and move forward with executive actions designed to reduce carbon emissions.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Experts weigh in on climate plan
Discussion: New Republic, ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Jim Avila / ABC News:
Immigration Overhaul Clears Pivotal Vote in Senate  —  The Senate voted today to accept an amendment calling for stricter border security as part of comprehensive immigration reform.  —  The amendment that was at stake was the “deal” sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Hoeven …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Washington Post
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Senate Vote on Border Gives Push to Immigration Overhaul
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Immigration reform passes key Senate test in 67-27 vote on border measure
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Immigration reform: Senate backs ‘border surge’ in test vote
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Senate Passes Cloture Motion on Hoeven-Corker Immigration Amendment
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 …
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Justice Alito's Inexcusable Rudeness  —  A justice of the Supreme Court should not act like a high schooler on the bench; when the target is a fellow justice, the offense is even greater.  —  I suspect that the cause of cameras in the Supreme Court suffered a blow on Monday.
The Boston Globe:
Senate candidates make one last pitch for votes  —  Gomez-Markey Senate race may draw low turnout  —  Former US senator Scott Brown conferred with GOP US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez during an election eve rally at the Common Market restaurant in Quincy.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Union-News
Associated Press:
Mass. voters head to polls to pick new US Senator
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Rick Santorum Becomes CEO of Faith-Based Film Studio  —  The former GOP presidential hopeful has raised millions of dollars to make faith-based, uplifting movies in the mode of “Soul Surfer,” except that they won't “water down the truth.”  —  Rick Santorum is getting into the film business …
Discussion: Guardian
Santorum jumps into show business
Discussion: Politico
Mike Hogan / The Huffington Post:
Was Hastings' Car Hacked?  —  The peculiar circumstances of journalist Michael Hastings' death in Los Angeles last week have unleashed a wave of conspiracy theories.  —  Now there's another theory to contribute to the paranoia: According to a prominent security analyst, technology exists that could've allowed someone to hack his car. Frontpage Partial:
Richard Matheson, 1926-2013  — is saddened and staggered to learn of the passing of Richard Matheson, the esteemed author of I am Legend, The Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come, Hell House, the script for the Steven Spielberg film Duel, and many Twilight Zone scripts, among many more works.
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Sally Gardner / Guardian:
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