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1:30 PM ET, June 25, 2014


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Anna Palmer / Politico:
Defiant Chris McDaniel declines to concede in speech to supporters  —  HATTIESBURG, MISS. — A defiant Chris McDaniel walked up to the podium at his election night headquarters here after the Republican runoff was called for his opponent Sen. Thad Cochran — and then he didn't concede.
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
It Looks Like African-Americans Really Did Help Thad Cochran Win  —  Tuesday night, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defied the polls and defeated tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Senate primary runoff by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin.  Cochran couldn't have done …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
CHRIS MCDANIEL TO CHALLENGE ELECTION RESULTS  —  HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — State Sen. Chris McDaniel will challenge the results of the Tuesday runoff election where 41-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran won by about 6,400 votes, he announced to a room of supporters here at his victory party …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Marionettes Remain Uncut  —  “At some point there will be more people with knives out to cut the strings than there will be puppeteers with checkbooks.”  —  Having been an elected Republican and someone who routinely takes the position of supporting conservatives in primaries and Republicans …
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
Koch owned and operated  —  If you want to know who each of our two major parties represent, simply look at their donors.  —  According to data compiled by, Democratic Party committees, on both the federal and state levels, have dramatically outraised their Republican counterparts …
The Clarion-Ledger:
Last Slide  —  Cochran had trailed McDaniel in the June 3 primary by less than 1,500 votes, but forced a runoff when neither received more than 50 percent.  Cochran had since sought to “expand the electorate,” including pulling in independent and Democratic voters.
Josh Kraushaar /
Cochran's Secret Weapon: Democratic Voters  —  Higher African-American turnout likely prevented tea party favorite from winning the Mississippi Senate race.  —  Sen. Thad Cochran(Liz Lynch)  —  Sen. Thad Cochran's narrow victory over Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Senate runoff deprives Democrats …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Takeaways from a wild primary night
Washington Post:
Cochran beats McDaniel in nail-biter in Mississippi
Spotlight on Cochran, Rangel
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
SCOTUS rules warrants needed for cell phone search  —  The Supreme Court struck a major blow in favor of digital privacy Wednesday by ruled that police generally need a warrant before searching the cell phone or personal electronic device of a person arrested.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant  —  WASHINGTON — In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Says Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional  —  “A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union,” the court concludes.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Katy Bachman / Politico:
Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court
Discussion: Associated Press
Supreme Court Issues Bold Decision On Cell Phone Privacy
Discussion: The Dish
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
The significance of Riley
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cheney: Next attack ‘likely’ deadlier than 9/11  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday predicted the United States would not make it out of the next decade without another terrorist attack, likely much bigger than 9/11.  —  Cheney, who has made a similar warning a number of times before …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Vice President Cheney On The Collapse Of The Obama Foreign Policy
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Eli Wallach, Multifaceted Actor, Dies at 98  —  Eli Wallach, who was one of his generation's most prominent and prolific character actors in film, onstage and on television for more than 60 years, died on Tuesday.  He was 98.  —  His death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine.
Jill Lawrence / The Week:
Hillary Clinton's elitism problem  —  Of course Clinton is out of touch with the everywoman she desperately wants to be.  She just needs to accept it.  —  We're not in 2008 anymore.  —  H  —  illary Clinton was in full-throttle Everywoman mode the night she won the 2008 Ohio primary.
Discussion: naked capitalism, Hot Air and CNN
Paul Begala / CNN:   Does America like its candidates poor?
The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Judge throws out Indiana ban on same-sex marriage  —  A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Indiana's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, immediately allowing same-sex couples across the state to receive marriage licenses.  —  U.S. District Judge Richard Young did not issue a stay on his ruling.
ABC News:
Sawyer, Stephanopoulos and Muir Take on New Roles Leading ABC News Programming  —  Diane Sawyer to Lead New ABC News Programming Tackling Big Issues and Extraordinary Interviews  —  George Stephanopoulos Promoted to Chief Anchor of ABC News Handling Special Reports and Breaking News
Denver Post:
BOB BEAUPREZ WINS GOP GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY  —  After weeks of calling John Hickenlooper's term as governor “failed leadership,” Republican nominee Bob Beauprez said Tuesday his campaign to unseat the incumbent ramps up Wednesday.  —  “We've got a lot of work to do from this point forward,” he said.
Denver Post:
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Russell Berman / The Hill:
No Ex-Im lifeline from Boehner  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday refused to offer a lifeline to the Export-Import Bank, sending another signal that Congress could allow the lending agency's charter to expire at the end of September.  —  Boehner has supported the bank in the past …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Justin Sink / The Hill:
‘Zero tolerance’ for corruption at Ex-Im bank, says White House
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