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12:55 AM ET, June 27, 2013


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The 2013 Running Of The Interns  —  A Supreme Court special edition .  —  Suggested soundtrack for this post:  —  The “Running of the Interns” is a cherished Washington D.C. tradition.  —  Via: Win McNamee / Getty Images  —  Whenever the Supreme Court hands down a groundbreaking ruling...
Tim Grieve /
Scalia: ‘High-Handed’ Kennedy Has Declared Us ‘Enemies of the Human Race’  —  Dissenting from this morning's opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia - as expected - holds nothing back.  —  In a ripping dissent, Scalia says that Justice Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
The Five Craziest Reactions To The Marriage Equality Rulings  —  It was actually sunny in Washington today.  (Credit: National Organization for Marriage)  —  Though the strong majorities of Americans who support marriage equality and equal federal benefits for gay couples celebrated today's …
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Current Conditions  —  “While any racial discrimination in voting is too much,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told us in Tuesday's decision gutting the Voting Rights Act, “Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie blasts gay-marriage ruling  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Supreme Court decision on DOMA as “wrong” and an example of “judicial supremacy.”  —  Christie, a former federal prosecutor, made the remarks on his “Ask the Governor” radio show, hours …
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Statement by Secretary Hagel on DOMA Ruling  —  The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court's decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act.  The department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court's decision in consultation …
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling … The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today.  By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Minutes After Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Immigration Judge Stops Deportation Of Married Gay Man  —  A New York City immigration judge immediately stopped the deportation proceedings of a gay Colombian man who is legally married to an American citizen soon after the Supreme Court struck …
Clinton Foundation:
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY CLINTON ON TODAY'S SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY  —  By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union.
Eric Henderson / CBS Minnesota:
Minnesota Reacts To SCOTUS Decision On DOMA  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) - A U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday extending federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples was met with jubilation and criticism in Minnesota, barely six weeks after the state moved to legalize gay marriage.
Jeff Zeleny / ABC News:
Rand Paul: On Gay Marriage GOP Needs to ‘Agree to Disagree’  —  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News he believes the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act was appropriate, and that the issue should be left to the states.  He praised Justice Anthony Kennedy for avoiding “a cultural war.”
Discussion: The Hill, AMERICAblog and Hot Air
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage With Two Major Rulings  —  WASHINGTON — In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there.
Ross Douthat:
When Congress Abdicates  —  I have gone over Chief Justice …
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Antonin Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Is Dripping With Contempt And Sarcasm
Washington Wire:   Obama's Supreme Court News Jinx Continues
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 26, 2013
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Lawmakers likely to push voting rights
Discussion: Politico
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Guardian and ThinkProgress
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
SCOTUS, like Obama, leaves marriage to states
Discussion: CNN and Bloomberg
GOP leadership on DOMA: It's up to the states
Office of the Governor / Rick Perry:
Gov. Perry Calls Special Session to Begin July 1  —  AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.  —  “I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas.
Discussion:, BBC, Hot Air, National Review and BOR
Christy Hoppe / Trail Blazers Blog:
Gov. Rick Perry to push abortion regulations again in special session starting next week
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
Midnight chaos: Screaming pro-abortion mob disrupts Texas state legislature vote on SB 5 [video, photos]
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
The personal side of taking on the NSA: emerging smears |  Glenn Greenwald  —  Distractions about my past and personal life have emerged - an inevitable side effect for those who challenge the US government  —  When I made the choice to report aggressively on top-secret NSA programs …
Evan Perez / Washington Wire:
U.S. Scoffs at Snowden Middle Name Mixup  —  If Edward Snowden's flight from U.S. justice can be blamed on a mixup over his middle name, the Justice Department doesn't buy it.  —  U.S. officials rejected suggestions by Hong Kong authorities that part of the problem in the U.S. request …
Discussion: emptywheel
This Is Not About Edward Snowden
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
In 2009, Ed Snowden said leakers “should be shot.”  Then he became one  —  In Internet chat, Snowden opined on travel, short-selling—and national security.  —  Aurich Lawson / The Guardian  —  Ed Snowden was 23 years old when he moved to Geneva in 2007.  Soon after arriving, he was looking for a taste of home.
Timothy B. Lee / Wonkblog:
Four years ago, Ed Snowden thought leakers should be ‘shot’
EXCLUSIVE: PALIN THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET ON PRIMARY CHALLENGES TO RUBIO, AYOTTE  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has the most influence among conservative voters in Republican primaries, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) …
Heather Kelly / CNN:
Who is the senator who stopped the bill?  —  (CNN) — Democratic Senator Wendy Davis took to the floor the Texas Senate at 11:18 a.m. in pink tennis shoes and began what she hoped would be a nearly 13 hour filibuster of an abortion bill.  —  As the day went on, the story …
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Dan Morrison / CBS DC:
National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage
Economic Policy Institute:
CEO Pay in 2012 Was Extraordinarily High Relative to Typical Workers and Other High Earners
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonkblog
70 votes looks elusive on immigration
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Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
That didn't work out so well for him.  —  I can't wait to not order my t-shirt:
Discussion: EBL and Twitchy
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Britain capitulates to jihad
Discussion: American Power and Blazing Cat Fur