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5:45 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 …
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry Jabs Wendy Davis For Being A Teen Mom: Too Bad 'She Hasn't Learned From Her Own Example'
Discussion: CNN, National Review and Daily Kos
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Wendy and the Boys  —  There is an old saying that Texas is …
Marjorie Owens / WFAA-TV:
Sen. Davis: 'Rick Perry's statement is without dignity'
Discussion: The Raw Story and ABC News
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Texas senator hijacked Democratic process, says Perry
Discussion: Politico and Yahoo! News
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Wendy Davis: 'We're still going to fight'
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: Hastert rule applies to immigration conference report  —  Speaker John Boehner says he will not bring up any eventual House-Senate immigration compromise for a vote unless it has the support of the majority of House Republicans.  —  “For any legislation — including the conference report …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate approves immigration bill 68-32, sending battle to House
Discussion: National Review
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Senate passes sweeping immigration bill
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Taylor Marsh
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP fight breaks open over spending bills
Discussion: Politico
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senate approves massive immigration bill
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
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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie blasts gay-marriage ruling
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
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 …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   BREAKING... Audit CONFIRMS IRS Targeted 292 Conservative Groups - Just 6 Liberal Groups
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 …
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.
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Ex-NFL star linked to killings  —  (CNN) — Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL tight end charged with murder in the death last week of an acquaintance, is now being investigated in connection with a double homicide in Boston's South End in July 2012, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told CNN.
Maria Cramer / Boston Globe:
Former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is probed in two more murders, law enforcement officials say
Discussion: CBS Chicago and Gothamist
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.
Kelsey Snell / Politico:
Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch to colleagues: ‘It is your turn.’
Discussion: AEIdeas
Marty Lederman / SCOTUSblog:
The fate of same-sex marriage in California after Perry  —  Back before the oral arguments in Perry, I wrote a post explaining what might happen to same-sex marriage in California if the Supreme Court were to hold that the Proposition 8 sponsors did not have standing to appeal from Judge Vaughn Walker's judgment of August 4, 2010.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Why Yesterday's Supreme Court Case Impacts New Jersey, Whether Chris Christie Likes It Or Not
Discussion: Business Insider
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Paul Ryan: House won't take up Senate immigration bill  —  Rep. Paul Ryan says the House won't be taking up the Senate immigration bill, but it will be working on its own legislation that he says will create a “workable legal immigration system.”  —  The Wisconsin Republican told Sean Hannity …
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.
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 …
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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