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12:10 PM ET, June 30, 2013

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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Real John Roberts Emerges  —  This time a year ago, the conservative chief justice whose vote saved President Obama's health care law was a figure of mystery.  In fact, “The Mystery of John Roberts” was the title I gave to one of my Opinionator columns for The New York Times last summer.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Emergency stay of California same-sex marriages sought (updated 6:05pm)  —  Attorneys for the parties who sought to defend Proposition 8 in federal court have filed an emergency motion in the Supreme Court seeking to block same-sex marriages from proceeding in California.  The filing (via Jess Bravin) is available here.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Democrats Get a Gift From the Roberts Court  —  BACK in the days when Republicans were reading polls through rose-colored glasses and imagining a Mitt Romney landslide, one of their most plausible arguments was that many pollsters were simply misreading the likely composition of the electorate.
Spiegel Online:
NSA Spied on European Union Offices  —  America's NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities.  According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed bugs in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer network.
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Guardian:
Key US-EU trade pact under threat after more NSA spying allegations  —  Reports in Der Spiegel that US agencies bugged European council building ‘reminiscent of cold war’, says German minister  —  The prospects for a new trade pact between the US and the European Union worth hundreds …
European Parliament President Martin Schulz - all:   Schulz on alleged bugging of EU office by the US authorities
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Schumer: Russia ‘should pay a price’ for harboring NSA leaker Snowden  —  Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) both urged a strong response to Russia's refusal to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.  —  “They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did.
Discussion: Politico
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Business Insider:
Russian Lawmaker: ‘Morally Impermissible’ To Hand Over Snowden
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Claims Immigration Bill Will ‘Force’ Immigrants To Become Citizens  —  A Republican Congressman argued that the immigration measures making their way through the House of Representatives won't include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants because many don't want to achieve legal status.
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Sens. Schumer, McCain optimistic House will pass immigration bill
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Obama unveils $7 billion power initiative for Africa  —  (CNN) — U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.  —  Funds from the initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years.
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Gil Hamer / TheTower.org:
The Gezi Diaries: Can We Still Call Turkey Civilized?  —  Some see it as a modern democracy with an Islamic tint, an improving, reforming country.  But if you were in Istanbul during the last month and a half, you'd have seen something completely different: a violent, authoritarian, increasingly suppressive and brutal regime.
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Claire Berlinski / Globe and Mail:   Tear gas is a symptom of Turkey's weak democracy
Claire Berlinski / City Journal:
Notes on the Turkish Troubles
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Associated Press:
Atheists unveil Fla monument near Ten Commandments  —  STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A group of atheists unveiled a monument to their nonbelief in God on Saturday to sit alongside a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments in front of the Bradford County courthouse.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of ‘collaboration’ with government  —  Recent leaks of classified documents have pointed to the role of a special court in enabling the government's secret surveillance programs, but members of the court are chafing at the suggestion that they were collaborating with the executive branch.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Sarah Palin floats idea of leaving the Republican Party [VIDEO] … Palin suggested she is open to the idea and said that if the GOP continues to abandon its conservative principles, other would follow suit.  —  “I love the name of that party — the ‘Freedom Party,’” Palin said.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Sarah Palin  · 3,552,984 like this  —  Please take a look at the article linked below to understand how the amnesty bill the Senate passed yesterday is a sad betrayal of working class Americans of every ethnicity who will see their wages lowered and their upward mobility lowered too.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Kerry: Progress made in peace talks
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
PM tells cabinet after meeting Kerry that any accord with PA will be brought to referendum
Bob Lewis / ABC News:
Biden Rouses Va Dems, Gives GOP a Tea Party Label
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 49: Men On Strike
 Earlier Items: 
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Sponsors of Prop. 8 file petition to stop same-sex marriages
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Local Officials Asked to Help on Health Law
Discussion: The Hill
Chicago Tribune:
Where's the special prosecutor?