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1:50 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.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Denying U.S. Benefits to Gay Spouses  —  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 …
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.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Antonin Scalia Is Angry. Again.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog, Wonkblog and Popehat
Carly Schwartz / The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Prop. 8: Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Politico:
John Boehner ‘disappointed’ with DOMA ruling
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Supreme Court Rules DOMA Is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Slate and The Raw Story
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘No surprise’ DOMA struck down
Discussion: Reuters
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Supreme court Doma and Prop 8 rulings align law with US public opinion | Harry Enten
CNN:
Court issues 5-4 ruling rejecting DOMA
New York Times:
Live Analysis of the Supreme Court Decisions on Gay Marriage
Discussion: JohnShore.com
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: 55 percent support same-sex marriage
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Stephen L. Carter / Bloomberg:   The Supreme Court Matters Less Than You Think
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:
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 …
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama account tweets support for Texas abortion rights filibuster
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Gawker and Shakesville
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.
Discussion: NationalJournal.com
Richard A. Posner / Slate:
Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
President Obama confronts George W. Bush court on voting, gay rights cases
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 …
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Bloomberg:
This Is Not About Edward Snowden
Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Snowden, Through the Eyes of a Spy Novelist
Discussion: msnbc.com and Yahoo! News
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.
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CNN:
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 …
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 …
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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.”
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 …
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.
 
 
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