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6:55 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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Freakout Blames ‘Uncle Tom’ And Voter Fraud For McDaniel Loss  —  Some conservatives aren't happy that their preferred candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) lost to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the runoff of the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi.
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.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin hits Thad Cochran ‘shenanigans’
David Weigel / Slate:
Thad Cochran Defeats the Tea Party — And So Does Everyone Else
Alexander Burns / Politico:
How Cochran bounced back from disaster
Alexander Burns / Politico:
How Cochran bounced back from disaster
Discussion: Business Insider
Domenico Montanaro / PBS:
Establishment order restored in midterm elections
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.
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Today's GDP Number Is Not as Bad as it Sounds. But the Recovery Is Still Weak.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Shrank in First Quarter by Most in Five Years
Whoa! Whassup With That Big Negative Q1 GDP Revision?
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
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.
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 …
SCOTUS rules warrants needed for cell phone search
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katy Bachman / Politico:   Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court
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 …
REVEALED: GOP Senator Targeted by Lerner Ways and Means investigation uncovers push to audit Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes …
Lauren French / Politico:
John Boehner: President Obama hasn't ‘faithfully’ executed laws  —  House Speaker John Boehner said he plans to move forward with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for misusing executive powers.  —  “The Constitution makes it clear that a president's job is to faithfully execute the laws.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: John Boehner lawsuit is ‘subterfuge’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Washington Post
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner eyes lawsuit against Obama on executive orders
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.
Salt Lake Tribune:
10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and New York Times
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 …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox Host Yells At Michele Bachmann For Trying To Sue Obama: 'You're Being Silly'
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Workforce bill clears Senate
Discussion: CNN
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA joins IRS lost emails club
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
it's Dallas v. Cleveland for 2016 GOP convention. Denver, Kansas City eliminated
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg View
David Rogers / Politico:
Should President Obama veto spending bills?
Discussion: The Hill
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Hillary Clinton's New Image: Cool Grandma. Can She Maintain It?
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Stam calls pedophilia, sadism ‘sexual orientations’
Ruben Navarrette Jr / San Francisco Chronicle:
Jose Vargas challenges us to define an American
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Why Parents Keep Shooting Their Kids
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cheney: Next attack ‘likely’ deadlier than 9/11
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Eli Wallach, Multifaceted Actor, Dies at 98