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3:30 PM ET, June 27, 2013

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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: Shot in the Dark, NOM Blog and BuzzFeed
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie blasts gay-marriage ruling  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Supreme Court decision on DOMA as “wrong” and an example of “judicial supremacy.”  —  Christie, a former federal prosecutor, made the remarks on his “Ask the Governor” radio show, hours …
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 …
Ross Douthat:
Religious Liberty and the Gay Marriage Endgame
Hadley Arkes / National Review:
Worse Than It Sounds, and It Cannot Be Cabined
Discussion: protein wisdom
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts, the high court's chief peacemaker
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 and The Raw Story
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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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Wendy and the Boys  —  There is an old saying that Texas is …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Texas senator hijacked Democratic process, says Perry
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Wendy Davis: 'We're still going to fight'
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Daily Kos
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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Guardian:
NSA inspector general report on email and internet data collection under Stellar Wind - full document  —  Top-secret draft report from 2009 by the NSA's inspector general shows development of ‘collection of bulk internet metadata’ under program launched under Bush
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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The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court Throws Out Ruling Blocking Texas Voter ID Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out lower court rulings that blocked a Texas voter identification law and the state's political redistricting plans as discriminatory.  —  The court's action Thursday was a predictable result …
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Rick Perry Signs Texas Congressional Map Into Law
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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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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Timing of legalization becomes key to immigration reform chances
Discussion: CNN, Yahoo! News, Reuters and ABC News
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.
Discussion: Politico
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
How Glenn Greenwald Became Glenn Greenwald  —  Before he was the Guardian 's eyes on the National Security Agency, Greenwald was a Manhattan litigator with an itchy trigger finger.  “He doesn't care if the entire world hates him.”  —  Via: Vincent Yu / AP
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Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Tammy Duckworth Eviscerates Contractor Who Claimed Veterans Disability  —  WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a veteran of the Iraq War, dramatically chastised a federal contractor who claimed that a high school sports injury had rendered him a service-disabled veteran.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Gawker and The Week
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
NFL star charged with murder  —  Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is now being investigated in connection with a double murder in Boston's South End in July 2012, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told CNN.  —  Aaron Hernandez back in court Thursday
Discussion: TalkLeft, Boston Globe and KTLA 5
 
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Daily Caller
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
More White Votes Alone Won't Save the GOP
Colleen Flaherty / Inside Higher Ed:
Looking for Bias  —  Does the University of Colorado need …
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Schlafly: Latinos Won't Vote Republican Because They 'Don't Understand' Bill of Rights …
Washington Post:
CIA report refutes Senate panel's criticism of agency's harsh interrogation methods
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Pro-Hillary group meeting with top Democratic donors
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