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4:50 PM ET, June 25, 2014


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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 …
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.
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
The Flier That Got Thad Cochran Elected?  —  It's generally agreed that Thad Cochran squeaked out a win in Mississippi last night in part by getting Democrats, especially African Americans, to turn out.  Here's a flier that was distributed in heavily black precincts suggesting how he accomplished this:
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 …
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 …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin hits Thad Cochran ‘shenanigans’
Domenico Montanaro / PBS:
Establishment order restored in midterm elections
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Broad cloak of privacy for cellphones  —  Analysis  —  Treating modern cellphones as gaping windows into nearly all aspects of the user's life and private conduct, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ordered police to get a search warrant before examining the contents …
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
The significance of Riley
SCOTUS rules warrants needed for cell phone search
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katy Bachman / Politico:   Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Supreme Court Delivers Sweeping Ruling For Cell Phone Privacy Rights
Supreme Court Issues Bold Decision On Cell Phone Privacy
Discussion: The Dish
Annalyn Kurtz /
3 reasons not to freak out about -2.9% GDP  —  Well, this picture keeps getting uglier.  —  Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic growth — contracted at a 2.9% annual rate in January through March, according to the latest revision from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
The Economy Tanked Last Quarter And It's Everybody's Fault But Obama's  —  The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent during the first three months of 2014, government bean counters announced this morning.  That matches the worst non-recession contraction of the U.S. economy in over 40 years.
Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Shrank in First Quarter by Most in Five Years
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:   Today's GDP Number Is Not as Bad as it Sounds. But the Recovery Is Still Weak.
Eric Katz / Government Executive:
EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway  —  Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently.  —  Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent …
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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Says Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional
Fox News:
Boehner plans to file suit against Obama over alleged abuse of executive power  —  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.AP  —  House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday he plans to file suit against President Obama over his alleged abuse of executive power.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner eyes lawsuit against Obama on executive orders
Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: John Boehner lawsuit is ‘subterfuge’
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US: SYRIA MAY HAVE LAUNCHED AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say there are indications that Syria launched airstrikes into western Iraq Tuesday in an attempt to slow the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency fighting both the Syrian and Iraqi governments.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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.
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
it's Dallas v. Cleveland for 2016 GOP convention.  Denver, Kansas City eliminated  —  Update at 1 p.m.: It's down to Dallas and Cleveland for the 2016 Republican convention.  —  The party's site selection committee has cut Denver and Kansas City.  —  Cleveland's major strengths include …
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg View
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Charlie Rangel's Harlem
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Hillary Clinton's New Image: Cool Grandma. Can She Maintain It?
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Tea Party Mischief on Exports
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Hillary Clinton's elitism problem