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11:25 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 …
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.
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:
Alexander Burns / Politico:
How Cochran bounced back from disaster
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin hits Thad Cochran ‘shenanigans’
Alexander Burns / Politico:
How Cochran bounced back from disaster
Discussion: Business Insider
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Defiant Chris McDaniel declines to concede in speech to supporters
Domenico Montanaro / PBS:
Establishment order restored in midterm elections
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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
EPA Memo To Employees: Please Stop Pooping In The Hallway  —  An administrator at a regional Environmental Protection Agency office in Denver, Colo. had to educate employees about bathroom etiquette.  —  Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor wrote an email to staff earlier this year lecturing …
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.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Jeannine Aversa: (202) 606-2649 (News Media)  —  National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: First Quarter 2014 (Third Estimate)  —  Corporate Profits: First Quarter 2014 (Revised Estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced …
Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Shrank in First Quarter by Most in Five Years  —  The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter by the most since the depths of the last recession as consumer spending cooled.  —  Gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annualized rate, more than forecast …
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
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.
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 …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
EMAILS: IRS OFFICIAL SOUGHT AUDIT OF GOP SENATOR  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox Host Yells At Michele Bachmann For Trying To Sue Obama: 'You're Being Silly'  —  “Fox Host Yells At Michele Bachmann For Trying To Sue Obama: 'You're Being Silly'” Share:  —  Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted Republicans on Wednesday for preparing to file a federal lawsuit challenging …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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
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.
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
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama mocks climate skeptics at LCV dinner  —  President Barack Obama lit into GOP climate change skeptics in a speech tonight, delighting a crowd of 800 to 900 environmentalists in Washington's Ronald Reagan Building.  —  He said Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the American public …
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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Ryan Maye Handy / Coloradoan Online:
Loveland voters strike down fracking moratorium
Mario Moretto / Bangor Daily News:
Susan Collins becomes fourth GOP senator to publicly support same-sex marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CNN
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Workforce bill clears Senate
Discussion: CNN
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA joins IRS lost emails club
Discussion: Hot Air
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
it's Dallas v. Cleveland for 2016 GOP convention. Denver, Kansas City eliminated
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
David Rogers / Politico:
Should President Obama veto spending bills?
Discussion: The Hill
Joel McHale Thought Obama's Endorsement Would Save ‘Community’
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite, NME News and Inside TV
Laura Leslie / WRAL-TV:
Stam calls pedophilia, sadism ‘sexual orientations’
Ruben Navarrette Jr / San Francisco Chronicle:
Jose Vargas challenges us to define an American
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
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