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10:50 PM ET, June 28, 2013


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Culture Desk:
Cover Story: Bert and Ernie's “Moment of Joy”  —  “It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind next week's cover, “Moment of Joy.”  Hunter, who originally submitted his image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr, continued …
June Thomas / Slate:
This Is a Terrible Way to Commemorate a Major Civil Rights Victory  —  The cover of next week's New Yorker, drawn by Jack Hunter and titled “Moment of Joy,” celebrates the fall of DOMA by showing Sesame Street favorites Bert and Ernie snuggled on the sofa of their sparsely appointed living room.
Bryan Fischer /
Prestigious New Yorker magazine irresponsibly promotes child endangerment  —  The tony, elitist New Yorker magazine, read by those who fancy themselves our moral and  —  intellectual superiors, is in effect promoting child endangerment on the cover of its latest issue, and shamelessly using Bert and Ernie to do it.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Leaders Warn Pro Sports Leagues Not To Promote Obamacare  —  Senate Republican leaders have sent letters warning six professional sports leagues not to provide the Obama administration any assistance in promoting Obamacare.  —  The letters, dated June 27, warn the chiefs of the National Football League …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
UPDATED: NFL says it has no plans to help promote Obamacare  —  ANALYSIS WHITE HOUSE BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  UPDATE: NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy emails: … (Read the letter that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, sent the NFL in the embedded viewer below this story.)
Ashley Killough / CNN:
NFL has ‘no plans’ to promote Obamacare
Discussion: Politico
Maxgouttebroze / GLAAD:
Alec Baldwin speaks out in support of the gay community  —  Yesterday, actor Alec Baldwin took to Twitter using anti-gay slurs in response to a Daily Mail piece regarding his wife.  —  Following outreach earlier today, Alec Baldwin wrote the following to GLAAD:
Discussion:, Mediaite and ABC News
George Stark / Daily Mail:
Alec Baldwin's pregnant wife Hilaria TWEETS about Rachael Ray and anniversary gifts during James Gandolfini's funeral
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP chief: ‘We need comprehensive immigration reform’  —  Washington (CNN) - One day after the Senate passed a full-spectrum immigration bill with overwhelming support, the chairman of the Republican National Committee re-emphasized the need for reform but said the final contours of the legislation are far from settled.
CBS News:
Paula Deen's upcoming book nixed by publisher  —  Paula Deen's upcoming cookbook, currently the No. 1 seller on, has been dropped by its publisher.  —  In a brief statement Friday, Ballantine Books announced it had canceled publication of “Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up.”
Discussion: Instapundit
Joe Sterling / CNN:
Carter: Paula Deen should be forgiven
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Breanna Edwards / Politico:   Jimmy Carter to Paula Deen: ‘Let the dust settle’
Daily Progress:
Bottled-water purchase leads to night in jail for UVa student  —  When a half-dozen men and a woman in street clothes closed in on University of Virginia student Elizabeth Daly, 20, she and two roommates panicked.  —  That led to Daly spending a night and an afternoon in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
New York Post:
Bloomberg: ‘We disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little’ in stop-frisk checks  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants cops to conduct more stop-and-frisk checks on minorities, not less, and believes whites are disproportionately targeted by the controversial measure.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:   Mayor Bloomberg: NYPD ‘Stops Whites Too Much And Minorities Too Little’
Fox News:
Witness describes Zimmerman's injuries, phone call to wife  —  A resident of the Florida community where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin last year told jurors Friday afternoon how he encountered a bloodied Zimmerman immediately after the confrontation and took pictures of the murder defendant's injuries.
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Zimmerman Trial Day 4 - End-of-Day Analysis & Video of State's Witnesses
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Dems Set Wheels In Motion On Revising Voting Rights Act  —  The unusual nature of the Supreme Court's decision to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act has created a kind of limbo for conservatives in southern states who want to flood their legislatures with voter ID laws …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Krugman hits Erickson for ‘fake populism’  —  In response to Erick Erickson's latest us-versus-them screed against the Acela-corridor...  Paul Krugman drops some Bureau of Labor Statistics data to show that the price of milk and bread haven't actually gone up at all.  And asks:
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Christie: Obama 'can't figure out how to lead'  —  VERNON TWP.  — Gov. Chris Christie veered to the right this morning, twice touting himself as a “conservative Republican” and taking a shot at President Obama within the first 10 minutes of a town hall meeting in Sussex County.
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Sarah Palin mocks GOP: ‘Great job’ on immigration  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had harsh words for the GOP establishment who voted for immigration reform, saying they “disrespect Hispanics” by passing the bill.  —  “Great job, GOP establishment,” began the statement Palin posted on Facebook on Friday.
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Will Robinson / Daily Mail:
Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers  —  There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846.  So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Court Lifts Stay, Same-Sex Couples Marrying Again In California  —  “The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately,” appeals court judges write.  The lead plaintiffs in the Prop 8 challenge, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, are getting married at San Francisco City Hall.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and GLAAD
Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
NC poised to become 1st state to drop federal jobless funds  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — With changes to its unemployment law taking effect this weekend, North Carolina not only is cutting benefits for those who file new claims, it will become the first state disqualified from a federal compensation program for the long-term jobless.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
The Criminal N.S.A.  —  THE twin revelations that telecom carriers have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans' phone calls, and that the N.S.A. has been capturing e-mail and other private communications from Internet companies as part of a secret program called Prism …
Claudette Roulo / American Forces Press Service:
Leaks Damage National Security, NSA Director Says
Discussion: The Verge
Lois Lerner's plan: fight on  —  Darrell Issa's committee says Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights — but her attorney says she isn't going down without a fight.  —  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 22-17 on Friday that the embattled IRS official voluntarily waived …
Jake Sherman / Reuters:
CBO: GOP abortion bill would raise deficit  —  Nearly every single House Republican voted last week to increase government spending and push the nation further into debt — all to limit abortion access for some women.  —  The official budget scorekeeper of Congress says the Pain-Capable …
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Feds seek to seize homes of Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife  —  Federal prosecutors are now moving to seize the homes of former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson.  (CLTV)  —  Federal prosecutors asked a judge today to let the government seize …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
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