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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.
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Joshua Green / Businessweek:
The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Decision Is a Poison Chalice for the GOP  —  This morning, the Supreme Court struck down a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, “a landmark law that opened the polls to millions of southern blacks,” as Bloomberg's Greg Stohr put it.
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
On Voting Rights, A Decision As Lamentable as Plessy or Dred Scott  —  Splitting 5-4 along ideological lines, today the Supreme Court ruled a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.  —  Let's be clear about what has just happened.  Five unelected, life-tenured men …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Invalidates 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, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.
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.
Matt Vasilogambros / NationalJournal.com:
That Was Quick: Texas Moves Forward With Voter ID Law After Supreme Court Ruling  —  Just hours after the Supreme Court handed down a ruling that guts parts of the Voting Rights Act, Texas is moving forward with a controversial voter ID law that state Attorney General Greg Abbott hopes to implement right away.
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Hot Dish Politics:
DFL Rep. Winkler tweets and deletes “Uncle Thomas” referencing Supreme Court Justice  —  State Rep. Ryan Winkler has deleted and apologized for using a racial epithet in a tweet about Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act.  —  “VRA majority is four accomplices …
Heather Gerken / Slate:
Goodbye to the Crown Jewel of the Civil Rights Movement
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rep. John Lewis: Supreme Court put a ‘dagger’ in Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Philly.com and Politico
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Left Lives in the Past on Voting Rights
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Ed Driscoll
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama blasts Supreme Court over rights ruling
Discussion: Politico and CNN
The Texas Tribune:
Dems Approach Abortion Victory as Special Session Wanes … Texas Democrats, far outnumbered by Republicans in both the House and the Senate, are nonetheless on the verge of killing one of the most restrictive abortion proposals in the nation — at least for now.
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Associated Press:
Texas Senate GOP passes restrictive abortion bill  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have passed new abortion restrictions expected to close almost every abortion clinic in the nation's second most populous state.  —  The Republican-controlled House voted for the bill while hundreds of protesters screamed from the gallery.
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Associated Press:
Filibuster broken against abortion bill
Discussion: Yahoo! News
RH Reality Check:
Live Video: Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis Filibusters Anti-Abortion Bill
Associated Press:
Republicans pass abortion bill as chaotic session ends
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Statement on President Obama's Remarks on the Climate Crisis  —  This was a terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever.  I applaud the new measures announced by President Barack Obama this afternoon to help solve the climate crisis …
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The White House:
Fact Sheet: President Obama's Climate Action Plan
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Cable News Virtually Ignores Obama's Major Climate Speech
Discussion: BobCesca.com
Aaron Bycoffe / The Huffington Post:
Live Results: Massachusetts Senate Special Election  —  Massachusetts is holding a special election to fill the seat previously held by John Kerry, who left to become secretary of state.  U.S. Rep. , a Democrat, is running against Republican , a private equity executive and former Navy SEAL.
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Boston Globe:
RECENT MASSACHUSETTS SENATE ELECTIONS  —  Massachusetts has had five US Senate elections in the last seven years, more than any other state.  —  Year Results  —  Democrat Elizabeth Warren polled strongly in heavily Democratic greater Boston, and in cities statewide, to defeat incumbent Republican Scott Brown 54 to 46 percent.
Discussion: ABC News and Michelle Malkin
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey tops Gomez for Senate seat
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jon Schuppe / nbcnewyork.com:
Anthony Weiner Surges to Lead in Democratic Mayoral Race: NBC NY/WSJ/Marist Poll  —  The poll finds Weiner with 25 percent and Quinn with 20 percent among registered Democrats  —  Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has surged ahead of his opponents in a new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal poll …
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Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
Weiner Leads Democrats in Race for NYC Mayor: Poll … Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leads City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the race for New York City's Democratic mayoral nomination for the first time, snatching the frontrunner mantle as the contest heads into the final months before the primary …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
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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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Documents Illuminate Ecuador's Spying Practices
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
With Snowden in Middle, U.S. and Russia Joust, and Cool Off  —  Snowden Stays Safe in Moscow Airport: The Times's Ellen Barry reports from Moscow, where the Russian government decided not to accede to demands from the United States that it capture Edward J. Snowden.
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Guardian:   Putin: Snowden is in Moscow airport
RT:
Putin: Snowden still in Moscow airport, won't be extradited, free to go anywhere
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Zimmerman Trial Day 2 - Analysis of State's Witnesses  —  Today can only be characterized as an utter debacle for the prosecution in Florida v. Zimmerman.  Besides the testimony of a couple of highly professional law enforcement witnesses, the testimony of the the other State witnesses ranged …
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John H. Richardson / Esquire:
THE QUOTE THAT SHOULD END THE TRAYVON TRIAL
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Sen. Rand Paul / Politico:
Why I'm voting no on immigration reform  —  I will be voting no on the Senate's Gang of Eight immigration bill for one simple reason: because the legislation does not secure the border first.  —  The American people desperately need immigration reform.  Unfortunately, this legislation does not do the job.
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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)
Discussion: The Raw Story
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
5 Senators Who Support Immigration Bill Don't Know Answer to Key Question About It  —  Obamacare poses a tricky problem for supporters of the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill.  It would be too politically toxic to give illegal immigrants amnesty and taxpayer subsidies under Obamacare …
 
 
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