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10:35 AM ET, June 26, 2014


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The Hill:
Odds tilt toward GOP Senate  —  Republicans are in the strongest position to win back the Senate since losing it eight years ago.  —  Over several months, the party has expanded its range of targeted seats, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has helped defeat insurgents …
Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
NAACP Wants Thad Cochran To ‘Show Some Reciprocity’  —  Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and now the state NAACP is asking the six-term senator to return the favor.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The staggering price of crushing the tea party  —  National Republican leaders are toasting primary season as a smashing success over activist conservatives that has put the hard right on the ropes and given the Washington GOP the slate of candidates it wanted for 2014.
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Tea Party Blew It
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Black Voters Saved Thad Cochran and the GOP Establishment.  Here's What Republicans Owe Them In Return.
New York Times:
A More Nuanced Breakdown of the Supreme Court  —  This is the time of year that the news media roll out a familiar graphic: Nine head shots of Supreme Court justices, arrayed from most liberal to most conservative.  —  In spacing the head shots at equal intervals, the graphics suggest a steady procession from left to right.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cellphone Privacy  —  Fourteen years ago, the Rehnquist court interrupted a string of law enforcement victories to rule that when looking for illegal drugs, the police couldn't simply walk down the aisle of an intercity bus and squeeze the bags and soft-sided luggage on the overhead rack.
New York Times:
Aereo Loses at Supreme Court, in Victory for TV Broadcasters
Barack Obama becomes mocker-in-chief on climate change skeptics  —  The sarcastic bear is loose, and he's loving every minute of it.  —  President Barack Obama is letting his inner Don Rickles run free, mocking climate deniers as the crowd who used to think the moon was made out of cheese …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and RedState
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama mocks climate skeptics at LCV dinner
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The survivor  —  Why the hell is Eric Holder still around?
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
The Export-Import Bank faces extinction under new GOP leadership  —  Of all the purposes for which you might put U.S. taxpayer dollars at risk, helping wealthy petro-states borrow millions to buy Boeing jets would not rank among the most urgent.  —  Yet that is what the Export-Import Bank does …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Salon and The Dish
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party's Poll Setbacks Don't Limit Its Washington Clout
Discussion: ABC News
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
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Another agency tells Congress: File not found  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IRS share a problem: officials say they cannot provide the emails a congressional committee has requested because an employee's hard drive crashed.  —  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed …
Discussion: Twitchy and BizzyBlog
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA joins IRS lost emails club
John Aguilar / Denver Post:
BOULDER COUNTY BEGINS ISSUING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES; AG SAYS NO  —  Boulder County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday afternoon, just hours after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.  —  Two couples were married before the office closed …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Sales of Hillary Clinton's New Memoir Drop Sharply in 2nd Week  —  Sales of Hillary Rodham Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” declined 43.5 percent to 48,000 copies in its second week on the shelves, according to Nielsen BookScan.  —  The sales figures put pressure on the publisher …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John Boehner wants to sue President Obama  —  Republicans, after years of squabbling with President Obama, have decided to resolve their differences with him according to a time-honored American tradition.  —  They are going to sue him.  —  “What we have seen clearly over the last five years …
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
No Evidence of Misconduct by Bergdahl While Captive, Army Says  —  Investigation Trying to Determine Whether Soldier Attempted to Desert His Unit  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Army said Wednesday that there is no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity.
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The Investigation Into Scott Walker Could Be Way, Way Bigger Than Scott Walker  —  WASHINGTON — An investigation targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for alleged illegal coordination with independent conservative groups during his 2012 recall election has been thrown into limbo by a lawsuit …
Discussion: CNN, Hullabaloo and BuzzFeed
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
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 …
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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP senate candidate Todd Akin doubles down on ‘legitimate rape’ …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Google Starts Removing Search Results Under Europe's ‘Right to be Forgotten’
Ryan Maye Handy / Coloradoan Online:
Loveland voters strike down fracking moratorium
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
Mario Moretto / Bangor Daily News:
Susan Collins becomes fourth GOP senator to publicly support same-sex marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Washington Post and CNN
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Workforce bill clears Senate
Discussion: CNN
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway