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5:30 PM ET, June 27, 2013

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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Attacks Wendy Davis: ‘She Was A Teenage Mother Herself’  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) directly attacked state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) during a speech at the National Right To Life conference on Thursday, arguing that the state senator who filibustered for 13 hours to defeat …
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Perry Stein / Talking Points Memo:
State Sen. Davis Responds To Rick Perry's ‘Small Words’  —  Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) responded to Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, chiding him for using “small words” that tarnished Lone Star state values.  —  Perry invoked Davis' experience as a teenage mother at the National Right …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Wendy and the Boys  —  There is an old saying that Texas is …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Wendy Davis: 'We're still going to fight'
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Daily Kos
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Texas senator hijacked Democratic process, says Perry
Discussion: Politico and Yahoo! News
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
The case for polygamy  —  Discussing the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage recently, Sen. Rand Paul joked about bestiality.  This was unwise.  If Paul wanted to make the slippery slope argument, the case for polygamy is much more compelling — and realistic.  —  This is not some straw man argument.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Shot in the Dark and NOM Blog
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The Huffington Post:
LOOK: Chick-Fil-A President Tweets Controversial Response To Gay Marriage Rulings.. Then Deletes It  —  Seems like not much has changed in the world of Chick-fil-A. After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, the restaurant chain's president and chief operating officer …
Ross Douthat:
Religious Liberty and the Gay Marriage Endgame
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Both Sides on Same-Sex Marriage Focus on Next Battlegrounds
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Why Yesterday's Supreme Court Case Impacts New Jersey, Whether Chris Christie Likes It Or Not
Discussion: Business Insider
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate votes 68-32 to end debate on immigration; 4 p.m. final vote  —  The Senate voted 68-32 Thursday to end debate on immigration legislation, clearing the way for the landmark bill to pass later in the day.  —  The bill's authors fell just short of their goal to win 70 votes for the legislation …
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David Rogers / Politico:
House Republicans may split farm bill in two  —  Moving further to the right, the House Republican leadership is actively pursuing a strategy now of splitting their failed farm bill into two parts so that the nutrition title and food stamps funding can be considered on its own.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP fight breaks open over spending bills  —  An internal split in the Republican Party emerged Thursday when a half dozen GOP senators voted for a transportation appropriations bill that would spend $2.4 billion more than what President Obama requested.
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate approves immigration bill 68-32, sending battle to House
Discussion: National Review
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Paul Ryan: House won't take up Senate immigration bill
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senate approves massive immigration bill
Guardian:
NSA collected Americans' email records in bulk for two years under Obama  —  • Secret program launched by Bush continued ‘until 2011’  —  • Fisa court renewed collection order every 90 days  —  • Current NSA programs still mine US internet metadata
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Treasury IG: Liberal groups weren't targeted by IRS like Tea Party  —  Liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status faced less IRS scrutiny than Tea Party groups, according to the Treasury inspector general.  —  Russell George, Treasury's inspector general for tax administration, told Rep. Sandy Levin …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   BREAKING... Audit CONFIRMS IRS Targeted 292 Conservative Groups - Just 6 Liberal Groups
ThinkProgress:
Six States Already Moving Forward With Voting Restrictions After Supreme Court Decision  —  Joseph Diebold is an intern with ThinkProgress.  —  President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law.  —  Less than 48 hours after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 …
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Seni Tienabeso / ABC News:
George Zimmerman Witness Can't Read Letter She ‘Wrote’ About Shooting  —  A teenage friend of Trayvon Martin was forced to admit today in the George Zimmerman murder trial that she did not write a letter that was sent to Martin's mother describing what she allegedly heard on a phone call with Martin moments before he was shot.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Senators begin drive for tax reform by wiping the slate clean  —  The Senate's top two tax writers accelerated the chamber's tax reform negotiations on Thursday, adopting a “blank slate” approach to reform that calls on all their colleagues to make the case for their favorite tax breaks.
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Kelsey Snell / Politico:
Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch to colleagues: ‘It is your turn.’
Discussion: AEIdeas
cftc.gov:
CFTC Charges MF Global Inc., MF Global Holdings Ltd., Former CEO Jon S. Corzine, and Former Employee Edith O'Brien for MF Global's Unlawful Misuse of Nearly One Billion Dollars of Customer Funds and Related Violations  —  Settlement of charges against MF Global, subject to court approval …
Claire McCaskill / The Daily Beast:
There Is No War on Men: Claire McCaskill Replies to James Taranto  —  Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto said Claire McCaskill was launching a “war on men” and being “histrionic” about sexual assault in the military.  Now read the Missouri senator's response here.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Same-Sex Marriage Availability Set to Double in One-Year Span  —  The Supreme Court's rulings on a pair of landmark cases on Wednesday, which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act and effectively legalized same-sex marriage in California, are the latest in a recent series of legal …
Rasmussen Reports:
26% of Obama Supporters View Tea Party as Nation's Top Terror Threat  —  Half of all voters consider radical Muslims the bigger terrorist threat facing the nation, but supporters of President Obama consider the Tea Party to be as big a danger.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
 
 
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WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI
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Colleen Flaherty / Inside Higher Ed:
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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Schlafly: Latinos Won't Vote Republican Because They 'Don't Understand' Bill of Rights …
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Gawker, Crooks and Liars and The Week
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