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1:20 AM ET, June 28, 2013


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New York Times:
Senate, 68 to 32, Passes Overhaul for Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation with broad support generated by a sense among leading Republicans that the party needed to join with Democrats …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Real Problem With Rick Perry's Comments About Wendy Davis  —  Keeping Track of All of Today's A-Rod Reports  —  If you're a pro-choice liberal like me, Wendy Davis is a hero, and Rick Perry is one of the most cartoonishly villainous public figures in America.
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: 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: National Review, CNN and alicublog
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 …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Chris Christie Blasts SCOTUS For Striking Down DOMA: ‘Another Example Of Judicial Supremacy’
Ross Douthat:
Religious Liberty and the Gay Marriage Endgame
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Both Sides on Same-Sex Marriage Issue Focus on the Next State Battlegrounds
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
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 …
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
The Up-in-the-Air President  —  It was cool, as media moments go, when President Obama called from Air Force One to congratulate the plaintiffs in the California gay marriage case on Wednesday.  They were in the middle of a live television interview when the voice of the president was delivered …
Eric Schnurer / US News:   Conservative Constitutional Hypocrisy
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.
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
The most unfortunate anti-gay logo and slogan in the history of politics  —  In one of the most unfortunate moves in American politics since Republicans kept referring to the Tea Party “teabagging,” the anti-gay Family Research Council, which has been officially designated a “hate group,” …
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.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Is Developing Android Game Console  —  Google Inc. is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets.
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
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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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
News Corp papers to launch new products, says chief
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI
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Discussion: The Hill and AEIdeas
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LePage says he might not seek second term
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
More White Votes Alone Won't Save the GOP