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10:35 AM ET, June 29, 2013


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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 …
Discussion: PostPartisan
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
UPDATED: NFL says it has no plans to help promote Obamacare
Ashley Killough / CNN:
NFL has ‘no plans’ to promote Obamacare
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
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.
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.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama presses House to pass immigration bill before August recess  —  President Obama on Saturday urged the GOP-led House to act this summer on immigration reform following Senate passage of a sweeping measure two days ago, declaring, “now is the time.”  —  “I do urge the House to try and get this done before the August recess.
Discussion: Politico
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.”
Joe Sterling / CNN:   Carter: Paula Deen should be forgiven
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.
Friendofinnocence / TalkLeft:
Readers Must Login or Create an Account to Comment … The racial aspect has been debunked (5.00 / 1) (#6)
Discussion: Althouse
Facebook Newsroom:
A New Review Policy For Pages and Groups  —  Facebook is a place for people to connect and share.  It's also a place where businesses can connect and share content with the people who love their brands.  Our goal is to both preserve the freedoms of sharing on Facebook but also protect people and brands from certain types of content.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
GOP warns of ‘train wreck’ ahead of ObamaCare rollout  —  Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) warned of a coming “train wreck” when enrollment begins in ObamaCare insurance exchanges this fall in the Republican weekly address.  —  Roberts, an outspoken opponent of President Obama's healthcare reforms …
Discussion: CNN
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:
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Glenn Greenwald Is Ralph Nader  —  The debate over domestic surveillance is not a debate about what we think about Glenn Greenwald.  But Greenwald is a fascinating character.  His resemblance to Ralph Nader is not one that, so far as I can tell, anybody has thought to make.  But the resemblance is striking.
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Out of precaution, Marines on ready to go to Egypt to protect U.S. Embassy, citizens  —  U.S. Marines stationed in southern Europe have been put on alert as a precaution in advance of expected large demonstrations and potential unrest in Egypt this weekend, CNN has learned.
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
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Government Begins Extending Employee Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses  —  “[F]or the first time in history, we will be making important federal employee benefits, including healthcare and retirement benefits, available to eligible married gay and lesbian couples and their families,” Obama said in a statement Friday afternoon.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Benefits extended to same-sex spouses of federal workers
Discussion: CHCOC and Politico
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 Daily Caller and The Hill
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Wendy Davis spoke with DGA chair Peter Shumlin  —  Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, whose sensational filibuster in support of abortion rights vaulted her to national prominence and stoked speculation about a possible 2014 campaign for governor, spoke this week with Democratic Governors Association …
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: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
What the Weather Channel Knows—and John Boehner Doesn't  —  The best television coverage of President Obama's climate speech Tuesday wasn't on Fox, CNN, or even MSNBC.  It was on the Weather Channel, the only network to carry the address live and to treat it as the major development that it was.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Emma Graham-Harrison / Guardian:
General: we should have talked to Taliban  —  Exclusive: General Nick Carter says west could have struck a deal with Taliban leaders after they were toppled a decade ago  —  The west should have tried talking to the Taliban a decade ago, after they had just been toppled from power …
Discussion: BBC
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Fla Insider Poll: Gov Scott looking stronger; GOPers not overly worried about Crist
Jake Sherman / Reuters:
CBO: GOP abortion bill would raise deficit
Claudette Roulo / American Forces Press Service:
Leaks Damage National Security, NSA Director Says
Discussion: The Verge
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Sarah Palin mocks GOP: ‘Great job’ on immigration
Discussion: Latino Decisions and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Dems Set Wheels In Motion On Revising Voting Rights Act
Woman indicted in mailing of ricin-laced letters to Obama, Bloomberg
Discussion: KTLA 5
Tom Watkins / CNN:
What will it take for Snowden to come back? Father has ideas