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2:40 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.
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 …
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 …
Josh Kraushaar /
Cochran's Secret Weapon: Democratic Voters
James Hohmann / Politico:
Takeaways from a wild primary night
David Weigel / Slate:
Thad Cochran Defeats the Tea Party — And So Does Everyone Else
The Clarion-Ledger:
Last Slide  —  Cochran had trailed McDaniel in the June 3 primary …
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.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court limits police searches of cellphones  —  Cellphones and smartphones generally cannot be searched by police without a warrant during arrests, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in a major victory for privacy rights.  —  Ruling on two cases from California and Massachusetts …
Discussion: TalkLeft, and Hot Air
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
The significance of Riley  —  I've been mulling over the Supreme Court's new decision on cell phone searches, Riley v. California.  Here are six insta-thoughts on its likely significance.  —  1) The Court's opinion offers a major endorsement of treating computer searches differently than physical searches.
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 …
Discussion: National Review
SCOTUS rules warrants needed for cell phone search
Discussion: Daily Kos
Supreme Court Issues Bold Decision On Cell Phone Privacy
Discussion: The Dish
Bill Mears / CNN:
Warrants needed for cell phones
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Supreme Court Delivers Sweeping Ruling For Cell Phone Privacy Rights
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  —  “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.
Katy Bachman / Politico:
Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court ruled Internet streaming service Aereo illegal Wednesday, handing traditional broadcasters a resounding victory against an upstart that threatened to upend their business model.  —  In a 6-3 decision, the high court ruled …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jessica Miller / Salt Lake Tribune:
10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner eyes lawsuit against Obama on executive orders  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is considering bringing a lawsuit against President Obama for the executive orders the president has issued, Boehner's spokesman confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.  —  Press secretary Michael Steel provided …
Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: John Boehner lawsuit is ‘subterfuge’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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
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
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Monica Potts / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Politico, Mediaite, NME News and Inside TV
Tim Kaine / Washington Post:
Congress has a role in U.S. military action in Iraq
Discussion: Yahoo! News, BuzzFeed and Hot Air
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WND Publisher Joseph Farah Caught With Loaded Gun At Dulles Airport
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