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5:15 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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Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Texas voter ID law “will take effect immediately,” says Attorney General Greg Abbott  —  update: The Texas DPS will start issuing voter IDs on Thursday.  More below  —  WASHINGTON — The implications of today's landmark ruling could be swift and stunning.
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.
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.
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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
Southern Republican Senators Happy That Supreme Court Designated Their States Not-Racist
Discussion: The Fix and Balloon Juice
USA Today:
Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama blasts Supreme Court over rights ruling
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama mocks skeptics of climate change as ‘flat-Earth society’  —  President Obama angrily blasted climate change skeptics during his energy policy speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, saying he lacked “patience for anyone who denies that this problem is real.”
Juliet Eilperin / The Fix:
Is Obama waging a ‘war on coal’?
Discussion: CBS News, neo-neocon and Hot Air
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Obama unveils climate change plan that goes around Congress
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Greenwald: Snowden's Files Are Out There if ‘Anything Happens’ to Him  —  Snowden has shared encoded copies of all the documents he took so that they won't disappear if he does, Glenn Greenwald tells Eli Lake.  —  As the U.S. government presses Moscow to extradite former National Security …
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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.”
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: The Age of American Impotence  —  As the Edward Snowden saga illustrates, the Obama administration is running out of foreign influence.  —  At this writing, Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive National Security Agency contractor indicted on espionage charges, is in Moscow …
Associated Press:   Putin: Snowden Is In Moscow Airport, Russia Won't Extradite Him
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Treaty Cheating  —  Russia is engaged in a major violation …
Discussion: Sense of Events
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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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: U.S. Will Have ‘Most Militarized Border Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall’ (VIDEO)  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that an amendment to immigration reform legislation in the Senate will make the United States-Mexico rival the Berlin Wall.  —  An amendment authored by Sens. Bob Corker …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Sen. Rand Paul / Politico:
Why I'm voting no on immigration reform
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rubio: Politics of immigration reform is ‘overrated’
Discussion: Reuters
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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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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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 …
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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 and Post Politics
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Cable News Virtually Ignores Obama's Major Climate Speech  —  On Tuesday, President Obama rolled out a plan to cap carbon emissions at existing power plants, improve efficiency standards on automobiles, double the amount of electricity produced with renewables, and lead a global movement to address climate change.
Discussion: BobCesca.com
 
 
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