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12:20 PM ET, June 25, 2013


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Bill Mears / CNN:
Supreme Court limits federal oversight of Voting Rights Act  —  What do you think?  Sound off in a video on CNN iReport.  —  Washington (CNN) — A deeply divided Supreme Court has limited use of a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, in effect invalidating federal enforcement …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Shakesville
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Divided Supreme Court strikes down key voting rights provision  —  In a decision that marks the end of a major civil rights-era reform, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the federal government can no longer force states and jurisdictions with a long-past history of voting discrimination …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   Supreme Court stops use of key part of Voting Rights Act
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Supreme Court doesn't resolve wrongs of affirmative action
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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US-China relations chill over Snowden
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Reuters
Washington Post:
Snowden case highlights Ecuador's double standard
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
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.
Darren Goode / Politico:
President Obama to unveil sweeping climate plan
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama to lay out three-part plan for addressing climate change
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
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.
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 …
Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch: Why I'm voting yes  —  Eleven million people.  That's the number of undocumented immigrants estimated to be in our country, the result of our broken immigration system.  —  The question is not only what should be done with these 11 million people, but what should be done …
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
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.
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.
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg aide lobbied on guns in Nevada  —  Michael Bloomberg's gun control group sent a city employee to register as a lobbyist in Nevada on state-based firearms issues, a use of government resources that raises further questions about the relationship between the city and the mayor's self-funded 501(c)(4).
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: Feministing
Hasnain Kazim / Spiegel Online:
Exodus: Afghan Diplomats Defect as Western Withdrawal Nears  —  The situation in Afghanistan is becoming increasingly precarious that Afghan diplomats no longer want to return to their homeland.  Up to 100 foreign service employees set for rotation back to Kabul from assignments abroad have now defected.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mirwais Harooni / Reuters:
Afghan forces put down attack on presidential palace: police
Discussion: emptywheel, Weasel Zippers and Quartz
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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David Daley / Salon:
Chris Hayes: Bring on the upper-middle-class revolution!
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Ben Protess / DealBook:
U.S. Civil Charges Against Corzine Are Seen as Near
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Treaty Cheating  —  Russia is engaged in a major violation …
Giffords and Kelly touring to revive background checks
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and Politico
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The Senate GOP's Primary Problem
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Star Scientific CEO financed shopping spree for first lady
Associated Press:
Mass. voters head to polls to pick new US Senator
Discussion: New York Times
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Rick Santorum Becomes CEO of Faith-Based Film Studio
Discussion: Guardian
Mike Hogan / The Huffington Post:
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