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3:25 PM ET, June 25, 2013

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ryan Rainey / The Huffington Post:
Samuel Alito Rolls Eyes While Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reads Dissent  —  Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito broke from the high court's usual decorum on Monday morning, rolling his eyes and shaking his head as his senior colleague, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, read her dissents in two cases.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Voting Rights Act Section 4 Struck Down By Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, the provision of the landmark civil rights law that designates which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court.
Jeff Zeleny / ABC News:
John Lewis: Court's Decision Puts ‘Dagger in Heart of Voting Rights Act’
Discussion: Reuters
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Ginsburg Slams Supreme Court's ‘Hubris’ In Fiery Dissent On Voting Rights Act
Discussion: New Republic
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama blasts Supreme Court over rights ruling
Discussion: Politico
Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
Supreme Court Restores Constitutional Order, Strikes Down Outdated Voting Rights Act Provision
Discussion: Hit & Run
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court stops use of key part of Voting Rights Act
Discussion: The Fix
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Supreme Court doesn't resolve wrongs of affirmative action
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.
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Treaty Cheating  —  Russia is engaged in a major violation …
Discussion: Sense of Events
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: The Age of American Impotence
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Outlines Ambitious Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama proposed 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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama: Keystone XL Should Not Be Approved If It Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask the State Department not to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline unless it can first determine that it will not lead …
Juliet Eilperin / The Fix:
Is Obama waging a ‘war on coal’?  —  Daniel P. Schrag, who directs Harvard University's Center for the Environment as serves as one of the administration's scientific adviser, set off a firestorm Tuesday when The New York Times quoted him saying “a war on coal is exactly what's needed” to address global warming.
Barbara Liston / Reuters:
Mystery girl to testify in Trayvon Martin murder case  —  (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the Florida murder trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will reveal a star witness for the first time on Tuesday, the girl Trayvon Martin was talking with in the last minutes of his life.
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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 …
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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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
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.
 
 
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Discussion: Feministing
Salt Lake Tribune:
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
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Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Star Scientific CEO financed shopping spree for first lady
Discussion: Gawker and The Maddow Blog
Robert Costa / National Review:
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