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4:10 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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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.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Ginsburg Slams Supreme Court's ‘Hubris’ In Fiery Dissent On Voting Rights Act  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned the fierce dissent against the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Tuesday to invalidate a key section of the Voting Rights Act, accusing the conservative justices of displaying “hubris” and a lack of sound reasoning.
Bill Mears / CNN:
Court limits voting law  —  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 …
USA Today:
Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act
David Weigel / Slate:
Southern Republican Senators Happy That Supreme Court Designated Their States Not-Racist
Discussion: The Fix and Balloon Juice
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Supreme Court Restores Constitutional Order, Strikes Down Outdated Voting Rights Act Provision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
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Supreme Court doesn't resolve wrongs of affirmative action
Sam Baker / The Hill:
High court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act in 5-4 ruling
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Plum Line
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.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: The Age of American Impotence
Associated Press:   Putin: Snowden Is In Moscow Airport, Russia Won't Extradite Him
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama's hands-off approach to extraditing Snowden draws criticism
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Treaty Cheating  —  Russia is engaged in a major violation …
Discussion: Sense of Events
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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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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama mocks skeptics of climate change as ‘flat-Earth society’
Discussion: Naked DC and Jammie Wearing Fools
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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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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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Why the IRS Scandal Needs a Special Prosecutor
Discussion: Applesauce and Yahoo! News
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN
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
 
 
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