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10:45 AM ET, June 25, 2013

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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 …
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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?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, ABC, Althouse, Daily Kos and Politico
Washington Post:
Snowden case highlights Ecuador's double standard
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
RUSSIA REJECTS US DEMAND FOR SNOWDEN'S EXTRADITION
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
ABC News:
Officials: How Edward Snowden Could Hurt the U.S.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hot Air
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
U.S. officials don't know how much secret material Snowden took
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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Darren Goode / Politico:
President Obama to unveil sweeping climate plan  —  President Barack Obama's new climate initiative will impose deadlines for EPA to write rules throttling carbon dioxide emissions at U.S. power plants, part of a series of efforts that could hit the coal industry hard both at home and abroad …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama to lay out three-part plan for addressing climate change
Discussion: Right Wing News
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Experts weigh in on climate plan
Discussion: New Republic, ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Bloomberg:
IRS Look at Progressive Groups Complicates Controversy  —  The Internal Revenue Service used terms such as “progressive” and evidence of advocacy on Israel to flag groups' tax-exempt applications for extra attention, complicating what had been seen as targeted scrutiny for small-government groups.
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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 / bigstory.ap.org:
IRS CHIEF: INAPPROPRIATE SCREENING WAS BROAD
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Documents Show Liberals in I.R.S. Dragnet
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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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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain: US will have ‘most militarized’ border since Berlin Wall  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday said that an amendment advanced by the Senate would leave the U.S. with the “most militarized border” since the fall of the Berlin Wall and pave the way for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
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Jim Avila / ABC News:
Immigration Overhaul Clears Pivotal Vote in Senate
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
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
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
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Associated Press:
Mass. voters head to polls to pick new US Senator
Discussion: New York Times
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Star Scientific CEO financed shopping spree for first lady  —  Businessman paid thousands of dollars for first lady's designer goods  —  In the spring of 2011, Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell flew to New York and was treated to a high-end shopping spree courtesy of Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Sr.
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.
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The Senate GOP's Primary Problem  —  As both parties prepare for 2014, primaries may again threaten the Republicans' ability to win a majority.  —  Republicans' path to a Senate majority is a narrow one.  Not everything has to go right for the GOP to win the six seats they need for a majority …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Rick Santorum Becomes CEO of Faith-Based Film Studio
Discussion: Guardian
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Supreme Court doesn't resolve wrongs of affirmative action
Mirwais Harooni / Reuters:
Afghan forces put down attack on presidential palace: police
Discussion: Spiegel Online and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
When Journalists Attack  —  With its rush to compare Obama …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Moderate Voice
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Ralph Nader outlines 2016 plan
Reuters:
Mitch McConnell Is Either Very Bad at Math or Horribly Disingenuous
Discussion: Brad DeLong