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11:40 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.
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.
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Decision Is a Poison Chalice for the GOP
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: 55 percent support same-sex marriage
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Stephen L. Carter / Bloomberg:   The Supreme Court Matters Less Than You Think
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 …
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Ilya Shapiro / Bloomberg:   Jim Crow Is Dead. Long Live the Constitution.
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
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 …
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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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Obama ratings suffer as scandals continue
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
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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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey tops Gomez for Senate seat
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 …
Ariel Levy / News Desk:
How Edith Windsor Learned She Won  —  Everyone at the apartment of Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued Edith Windsor's successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, exploded in screams and sobs when the ruling came down.  Kaplan called her mother and said, “Total victory, Mom: it couldn't be better.”
Discussion: The Dish
 
 
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