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11:35 AM ET, June 26, 2013

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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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New York Times:
Texas Vote Passing Abortion Bill Is Rendered Moot  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Hours after claiming that they successfully passed some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country, Republican lawmakers reversed course on Wednesday and said a disputed late-night vote on the bill …
Becca Aaronson / The Texas Tribune:
Led by Davis, Democrats Defeat Abortion Legislation … The nation watched on Tuesday — and into Wednesday — as Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and hundreds of impassioned reproductive rights advocates stalled proceedings and ultimately defeated controversial abortion legislation in a storm …
U.S. News:
Texas abortion bill fails to pass after epic filibuster  —  A bill that opponents claimed would virtually ban abortion in Texas failed to pass late Tuesday after lawmakers missed a deadline by just minutes.  —  There were chaotic scenes after a filibuster attempt fell just short and protesters cheered …
Ed Payne / CNN:
Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session  —  (CNN) — The Texas legislature's special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, when a marathon filibuster failed — but so did a Republican effort to pass a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.
Associated Press:
Texas Senate GOP passes restrictive abortion bill
Discussion: BobCesca.com
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
High Court Strikes DOMA; Punts On Greater Gay Marriage Question … 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.
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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court delivers wins for gay marriage movement  —  (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by recognizing that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits and paving the way for same-sex marriage in California.
Richard L. Hasen / New York Times:
The Chief Justice's Long Game  —  IN an opinion brimming with a self-confidence that he hides behind a cloak of judicial minimalism, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for a conservative Supreme Court majority in Shelby County v. Holder, cripples Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
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.
Ilya Shapiro / Bloomberg:   Jim Crow Is Dead. Long Live the Constitution.
Stephen L. Carter / Bloomberg:   The Supreme Court Matters Less Than You Think
Richard A. Posner / Slate:
Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review
Wall Street Journal:
Voting Rights Progress
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Atlantic Wire
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
President Obama confronts George W. Bush court on voting, gay rights cases
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Passion fades for President Obama among Democrats  —  A majority of Americans regard President Obama favorably, but his numbers have softened considerably among his fellow Democrats, according to new polling conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News.  —  Obama's favorability stands at 53 percent …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey tops Gomez for Senate seat
CNN:
Player taken into custody  —  North Attleborough, Massachusetts (CNN) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and booked at a police station in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.  —  He will be taken to Attleboro District Court, where he will be arraigned.
Discussion: KTLA 5 and RYOT News
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ESPN:
Aaron Hernandez arrested  —  NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning, more than a week after an acquaintance of the New England Patriots tight end was found dead in an industrial park near his house.  —  The Bristol County District Attorney's office released …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: 55 percent support same-sex marriage  —  A majority of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released hours before the Supreme Court's historic decision on a pair of cases involving gay rights.  —  According to the survey from CNN and ORC …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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CNN:
‘Crossfire’ coming back to CNN  —  Washington (CNN) - An institution is coming back to CNN.  —  “Crossfire,” the long-running political debate show that aired on CNN from 1982-2005, is getting a reboot, the news network announced Wednesday.  Four new hosts - two on the left, and two on the right - will debut the program this fall.
Alison Rourke / Guardian:
Julia Gillard ousted as Australia prime minister  —  Julia Gillard confirms she will not contest next parliamentary elections after losing Labor party leadership ballot to Kevin Rudd  —  Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, has been sacked by her party just months …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Emma Griffiths / ABC:
Kevin Rudd defeats Julia Gillard 57-45 in Labor leadership ballot, paving way for a return to PM
Discussion: Via Meadia and Infowars
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2013 (third estimate); Corporate Profits, 1st quarter 2013 (revised estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
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 / Wall Street Journal:
Poll: Weiner Leaps to Front of Pack
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Republicans Across The South Promise Quick Action After SCOTUS Ruling  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy …
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
Why Are So Many College Graduates Driving Taxis?  —  It's a parent's nightmare: shelling out big money for college, then seeing the graduate unable to land a job that requires high-level skills.  This situation may be growing more common, unfortunately, because the demand for cognitive skills associated …
 
 
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