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1:05 PM ET, June 25, 2013


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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:
Supreme Court to Congress: Historic voting rights law needs updating  —  What do you think?  Sound off in a video on CNN iReport.  —  Washington (CNN) — A federal civil rights law that has stood for generations needs to be modernized, the Supreme Court effectively ruled Tuesday.
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.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
High court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act in 5-4 ruling  —  The Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, reversing decades-old policies designed to protect minorities from discrimination.  —  The 5-4 decision struck down a formula for determining …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court strikes down key voting rights provision
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court stops use of key part of Voting Rights Act
Discussion: The Fix
John Fund / National Review:
A Civil-Rights Victory  —  The Supreme Court's decision today …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
New York Times:
Empty Seat Deepens a Mystery in Moscow
Washington Post:
Snowden case highlights Ecuador's double standard
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US-China relations chill over Snowden
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Reuters and The Reaction
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
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
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 …
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.
David Daley / Salon:
Chris Hayes: Bring on the upper-middle-class revolution!  —  The MSNBC anchor pins Iraq, the economy, Katrina and more on elites — and says we all need to get radicalized now  —  Twenty years ago, William Greider's “Who Will Tell the People?” documented the betrayal of American democracy by the elites …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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White House recruiting Hollywood stars for ObamaCare rollout
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Financial Times:
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Republican Voters Warn Lawmakers Against Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants
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Ben Protess / DealBook:
U.S. Civil Charges Against Corzine Are Seen as Near
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Treaty Cheating  —  Russia is engaged in a major violation …
Hasnain Kazim / Spiegel Online:
Exodus: Afghan Diplomats Defect as Western Withdrawal Nears
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Salt Lake Tribune:
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain: US will have ‘most militarized’ border since Berlin Wall
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Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Star Scientific CEO financed shopping spree for first lady
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Mike Hogan / The Huffington Post:
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