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8:25 PM ET, June 26, 2013


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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 …
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.
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.
The 2013 Running Of The Interns  —  A Supreme Court special edition .  —  Suggested soundtrack for this post:  —  The “Running of the Interns” is a cherished Washington D.C. tradition.  —  Via: Win McNamee / Getty Images  —  Whenever the Supreme Court hands down a groundbreaking ruling...
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Poynter
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.
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: The Raw Story, BuzzFeed and AMERICAblog
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.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Statement by Secretary Hagel on DOMA Ruling  —  The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court's decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act.  The department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court's decision in consultation …
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.
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.”
Linda Hirshman / New Republic:
The Gay-Marriage Victory Is Bigger Than You Think  —  How the DOMA ruling creates a path for nationwide marriage equality  —  Today's Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage look a lot like the experts predicted, right down to who wrote the opinions.  The Court struck down the federal Defense …
GOP leadership on DOMA: It's up to the states
Eric Henderson / CBS Minnesota:
Minnesota Reacts To SCOTUS Decision On DOMA
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
SCOTUS, like Obama, leaves marriage to states
Discussion: CNN
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 26, 2013
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Bloomberg
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Discussion: ThinkProgress, BuzzFeed and Guardian
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court delivers wins for gay marriage movement
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The DOMA Decision and Federalism
Discussion: neo-neocon
Anthony York / Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Brown: Counties must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
Jeff Zeleny / ABC News:
Rand Paul: On Gay Marriage GOP Needs to ‘Agree to Disagree’
Discussion: The Hill, AMERICAblog and Hot Air
Dan Morrison / CBS DC:
National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage
Office of the Governor / Office of Governor …:
Discussion: BuzzFeed and SCOTUSblog
George Chauncey / New York Times:   The Long Road to Marriage Equality
Chuck Hagel / American Forces Press Service:
Defense Department Welcomes Supreme Court Decision
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 …
Shane Goldmacher /
Americans (Narrowly) Support 20-Week Abortion Ban  —  As Wendy Davis captures national attention for blocking late-abortion ban bill, new poll finds support for the measure, especially among women.  —  Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis galvanized abortion-rights supporters—and even the White House …
U.S. News:
Texas abortion bill fails to pass after epic filibuster
Austin American-Statesman:
Screaming protest disrupts vote on abortion bill
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
The Wendy Davis Rebellion in Texas
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.
This Is Not About Edward Snowden
Timothy B. Lee / Wonkblog:
Four years ago, Ed Snowden thought leakers should be ‘shot’
Ross Douthat:
When Congress Abdicates  —  I have gone over Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion in today's Voting Rights Act decision twice, and each time it has persuaded me that the V.R.A. should be revised in light of current conditions without persuading me that this is a question that the Supreme Court should be adjudicating.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP's Sensenbrenner calls for update of Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Politico
Office of the Governor / Rick Perry:
Gov. Perry Calls Special Session to Begin July 1  —  AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.  —  “I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas.
Discussion: BBC,, National Review, Hot Air and BOR
Christy Hoppe / Trail Blazers Blog:
Gov. Rick Perry to push abortion regulations again in special session starting next week
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
The personal side of taking on the NSA: emerging smears |  Glenn Greenwald  —  Distractions about my past and personal life have emerged - an inevitable side effect for those who challenge the US government  —  When I made the choice to report aggressively on top-secret NSA programs …
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) …
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 …
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Economic Policy Institute:
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70 votes looks elusive on immigration
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Can Paul Ryan sell immigration reform to conservatives?
Discussion: Hot Air, Taegan Goddard's … and EBL
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Robert / Jihad Watch:
Britain capitulates to jihad
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