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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.
New York Times:
An Assault on the Voting Rights Act  —  The conservative majority on the Roberts Court issued another damaging and intellectually dishonest ruling on Tuesday.  It eviscerated enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, in which Congress kept the promise of a vote for every citizen.
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.
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 …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rep. John Lewis: Supreme Court put a ‘dagger’ in Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Politico, Philly.com and The Hill
Ilya Shapiro / Bloomberg:   Jim Crow Is Dead. Long Live the Constitution.
Wall Street Journal:
Voting Rights Progress
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Atlantic Wire
Heather Gerken / Slate:
Goodbye to the Crown Jewel of the Civil Rights Movement
Talking Points Memo:
Eric Cantor Reacts To Voting Rights Act Ruling
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Left Lives in the Past on Voting Rights
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Ed Driscoll
Eugene Robinson / PostPartisan:
Supreme Court can't stop demographics
Austin American-Statesman:
Screaming protest disrupts vote on abortion bill  —  Sen. Wendy Davis, speaking to a large and adoring crowd gathered outside the Senate door, thanked her supporters.  —  “Today was democracy in action,” she told the crowd.  “You all are the voices we were speaking for from the floor.”
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The Texas Tribune:
Dems Approach Abortion Victory as Special Session Wanes
Associated Press:
Filibuster broken against abortion bill
Associated Press:
Texas Senate GOP passes restrictive abortion bill
Discussion: BobCesca.com
Christy Hoppe / Trail Blazers Blog:
After 12.5 hour filibuster, Senate Bill 5 is dead
Associated Press:
Abortion bill passes, but not before midnight deadline
Discussion: The Texas Observer and ABC News
RH Reality Check:
Live Video: Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis Filibusters Anti-Abortion Bill
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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Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Snowden, Through the Eyes of a Spy Novelist
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Documents Illuminate Ecuador's Spying Practices
Guardian:
Putin: NSA whistleblower Snowden is in Moscow airport
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  —  Democrat Edward Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special Senate election, confirming consistent polling that had shown him ahead and calming Democratic fears of another special election upset.
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Climate Change  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you, Georgetown!  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please be seated.  And my first announcement today is that you should all take off your jackets.  (Laughter.)  I'm going to do the same.
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The White House:
Fact Sheet: President Obama's Climate Action Plan
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
DOJ Defunds Youth Programs that Reference God  —  A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government's decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people, all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings.
 
 
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Alex Guillen / Politico:
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