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11:20 AM ET, June 27, 2013


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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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
President Obama: Supreme Court made ‘mistake’ on voting rights  —  President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage, but said the high court “made a mistake” in its decision to overturn a key piece of the Voting Rights Act.
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...
John Fund / National Review:
Vetoing Democracy  —  Chief Justice John Roberts has done it again.  His twisted reasoning in last year's Obamacare ruling wasn't the only unpleasant surprise he's sprung on supporters of the rule of law.  —  His majority 5-to-4 opinion in California's Proposition 8 case …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
David Nather / Politico:
Dems who backed DOMA laud its end
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Court's Immeasurable Impact
Philadelphia News, Local News, Weather …:   Christie: I Would Veto Same-Sex Marriage Bill Again
Washington Wire:   Obama's Supreme Court News Jinx Continues
Eric Henderson / CBS Minnesota:
Minnesota Reacts To SCOTUS Decision On DOMA
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 26, 2013
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 …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Exclusive: John Roberts' Openly Gay Cousin Will Now Be Getting Married  —  When the Supreme Court heard the oral arguments for and against the constitutionality of DOMA this March, Chief Justice John Roberts probably noticed a familiar face in the crowd — his openly gay cousin, Jean Podrasky.
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.”
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   John Roberts, the high court's chief peacemaker
Wall Street Journal:   A Gay Marriage Muddle
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:   Obama orders sweeping Cabinet review of federal marriage regulations
Ross Douthat:
When Congress Abdicates  —  I have gone over Chief Justice …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Wendy and the Boys  —  There is an old saying that Texas is “heaven for men and dogs, but hell for women and oxen.”  But the state's history is chock-full of stories of female role models.  Barbara Jordan.  Ann Richards.  In downtown Austin, there's a statue of Angelina Eberly …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
Washington Post:
Texas state senator Wendy Davis filibusters her way to Democratic stardom
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Treasury IG: Liberal groups weren't targeted by IRS like Tea Party  —  Liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status faced less IRS scrutiny than Tea Party groups, according to the Treasury inspector general.  —  Russell George, Treasury's inspector general for tax administration, told Rep. Sandy Levin …
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
Snowden's Exit Path Stirs Questions  —  Travel Documents, Transit Points Pose Questions  —  By - JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA in Mexico City and - JACK NICAS  —  Questions swirled Wednesday over whether fugitive Edward Snowden, the admitted leaker of U.S. secrets, has a clear path to asylum in Ecuador.
Discussion: Business Insider
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Same-Sex Marriage Availability Set to Double in One-Year Span  —  The Supreme Court's rulings on a pair of landmark cases on Wednesday, which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act and effectively legalized same-sex marriage in California, are the latest in a recent series of legal …
Michael Graczyk / Associated Press:
Kimberly McCarthy Executed: Texas Carries Out 500th Execution  —  HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.  —  Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Pro-Hillary group meeting with top Democratic donors  —  (CNN) - While Hillary Clinton considers another run for the White House, some of her most ardent supporters are moving to channel the intense political buzz and speculation surrounding a possible 2016 bid by the former secretary of state.
Discussion: Ballot Box
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Timing of legalization becomes key to immigration reform chances  —  The timing of when to grant legal status to the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants has emerged as the key point of dispute between the House and the Senate, which is poised to approve its immigration bill as soon as Thursday.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, ABC News and Reuters
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Was the Unabomber correct about the horrors of technology combined with government?  —  Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, was rightly imprisoned for life in 1998 for sending bombs that maimed and killed three people and injured 23 more, from 1978 to 1992.  No one can excuse his terrorism.
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Washington Post:
CIA report refutes Senate panel's criticism of agency's harsh interrogation methods
Discussion: The Hill and emptywheel
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Deal on student loans unlikely before rates rise
US bloggers banned from entering UK
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Arm Syrian Rebels Within Month, Officials Say
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
Non-inflation Denial  —  Ed Kilgore owes me a big one …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and RedState
Associated Press:
Obama begins Senegal visit
Discussion: The Week, NPR and CNN
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Kay Hymowitz / Foreign Policy:
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