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8:55 PM ET, June 27, 2013


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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Senate Passes Immigration Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation with broad bipartisan support, sending the bill to the Republican-controlled House, where there is significant opposition …
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 …
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 …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Significantly Narrows Path To Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Discussion: Wonkblog, Quartz and Washington Monthly
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senate approves massive immigration bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP fight breaks open over spending bills
Discussion: Politico
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Senate passes sweeping immigration bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate approves immigration bill 68-32, sending battle to House
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Marjorie Owens / WFAA-TV:
Sen. Davis: 'Rick Perry's statement is without dignity'
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story and ABC News
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 and National Review
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Wendy and the Boys  —  There is an old saying that Texas is …
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.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Both Sides on Same-Sex Marriage Issue Focus on the Next State Battlegrounds
Ross Douthat:
Religious Liberty and the Gay Marriage Endgame
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
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Laughter fills Senate chamber as Moran flubs immigration vote  —  Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) accidentally voted “yes” on the comprehensive immigration reform bill Thursday before correcting his mistake.  —  The error by Moran caused the chamber to erupt in laugher.
Maria Cramer / Boston Globe:
Former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is probed in two more murders, law enforcement officials say  —  Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, already facing charges in a murder last week in North Attleborough, is also being investigated in connection with a July 2012 double murder in Boston …
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 …
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.
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 …
Eric Schnurer / US News:   Conservative Constitutional Hypocrisy
Boston Globe:
Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicted; allegedly left confession in boat where he was hiding  —  A federal grand jury today handed up a sweeping indictment of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, charging him with using weapons of mass destruction and killing four people.
Tax lobbyists spring into action  —  Get ready for the tax lobbying bonanza.  —  The proposal by Senate Finance Committee leaders to move on a foundation for tax reform with a “blank slate” — leaving thousands of provisions on the chopping block — will spark a furious lobbying spree that's bound …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Bernie Becker / The Hill:   Senators begin drive for tax reform by wiping the slate clean
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Rep. Campbell to retire in 2014  —  Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) will not run for reelection in 2014, he announced on Wednesday.  —  In a statement, Campbell said he's retiring from public service entirely, after spending 14 years in politics.  —  “At the end of this term …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
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Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI
Scott Thistle / Bangor Daily News:
LePage says he might not seek second term
William Hudson / CNN:
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