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6:05 PM ET, June 26, 2013


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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Raw Story
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Antonin Scalia Is Angry.  Again.  —  Ten years ago, when the Supreme Court ruled that laws outlawing sodomy between consenting adults were unconstitutional in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a blistering dissent.  “What a massive disruption of the current social order,” he practically wailed from the page.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Antonin Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Is Dripping With Contempt And Sarcasm  —  Today the Supreme Court threw out Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages even if they are allowed under state law.
Discussion: Gawker and Washington Monthly
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.
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Frank Rich on the National Circus: Gay Marriage Triumphs, Roberts Be Damned  —  Every week, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with contributor Eric Benson about the biggest stories in politics and culture.  This week: SCOTUS defeats DOMA, the Voting Rights Act suffers a mortal wound …
Linda Hirshman / New Republic:
The Gay-Marriage Victory Is Bigger Than You Think
GOP leadership on DOMA: It's up to the states
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Statement by Secretary Hagel on DOMA Ruling
Discussion: Yahoo! News and AMERICAblog
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Chuck Hagel / American Forces Press Service:
Defense Department Welcomes Supreme Court Decision
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The DOMA Decision and Federalism
Discussion: neo-neocon
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court delivers wins for gay marriage movement
George Chauncey / New York Times:   The Long Road to Marriage Equality
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Hillary Clinton, other potential 2016ers react to rulings
Anthony York / Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Brown: Counties must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
Office of the Governor / Office of Governor …:
Discussion: BuzzFeed
New York Times:
In Texas, a Senator's Stand Catches the Spotlight  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — A Fort Worth Democrat, Senator Wendy Davis, 50, stood in her running shoes on the green carpeted floor of the Senate chamber and spoke about a bill with some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country from 11:18 …
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.”
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 …
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
The Wendy Davis Rebellion in Texas
Ed Payne / CNN:
Texas abortion bill fight isn't over
Becca Aaronson / The Texas Tribune:
Led by Davis, Democrats Defeat Abortion Legislation
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.
Te-Ping Chen / China Real Time Report:
Name Mix-Up Helped Snowden Leave Hong Kong … The U.S. Justice Department needs to pay more attention to names and numbers when requesting other governments to detain its citizens, Hong Kong officials say.  —  By now, the world is very familiar with the name Edward Snowden …
Timothy B. Lee / Wonkblog:
Four years ago, Ed Snowden thought leakers should be ‘shot’
This Is Not About Edward Snowden
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP's Sensenbrenner calls for update of Voting Rights Act  —  A leading House Republican is calling on Congress to update the Voting Rights Act just a day after the Supreme Court neutered its central provision.  —  Warning that “the threat of discrimination still exists,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. …
Discussion: Politico
Steven Hill / Reuters:
So the Voting Rights Act Is Gutted—What Can Protect Minority Voters Now?
Crossfire Returns  —  Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones to Host Debate Program  —  CNN today announced that Crossfire, previously the longest running political debate program on television, will return to the network this fall.  Hosting from the right will be Newt Gingrich …
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) …
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.”
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Can Paul Ryan sell immigration reform to conservatives?
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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: Twitchy and EBL
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Britain capitulates to jihad
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 Earlier Items: 
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Republican Senator Calls For Abolishing The Minimum Wage
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Rep. Tim Huelskamp to file constitutional amendment to restore DOMA
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Second IRS staffer pleads the Fifth
Discussion: Hot Air