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10:55 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 …
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
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   McDaniel Goes Over the Brink
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Tea Party Blew It
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party's Poll Setbacks Don't Limit Its Washington Clout
Discussion: ABC News
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Black Voters Saved Thad Cochran and the GOP Establishment.  Here's What Republicans Owe Them In Return.
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
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The survivor  —  Why the hell is Eric Holder still around?  That's a question many of Barack Obama's political advisers have asked at various points throughout Holder's tumultuous five years at the helm of the Justice Department.  —  For most of Obama's presidency, in fact …
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama mocks climate skeptics at LCV dinner
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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
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.
Fox News:
Lerner sought IRS audit of sitting GOP senator, emails show
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 …
Associated Press:
High court limits president's appointments power  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Big Losers in GDP Report: Democrats  —  You can sum up today's report on first-quarter gross domestic product in one short word: oof.  —  The last estimate had GDP shrinking slightly from the prior quarter.  The current estimate has it shrinking a lot: 2.9 percent on an annualized basis.
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 …
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
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 …
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP senate candidate Todd Akin doubles down on ‘legitimate rape’ comment and says ‘hypocrite’ Hillary Clinton ‘de-legitimized’ a 12-year-old rape victim  — Akin said in 2012 that abortion bans didn't need to include exceptions for rape victims because ‘legitimate rape’ rarely leads to conception
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Vox, derp, and the intellectual stagnation of the left
Discussion: Hot Air
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
On N.C.'s Outer Banks, scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Google Starts Removing Search Results Under Europe's ‘Right to be Forgotten’
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
The Export-Import Bank faces extinction under new GOP leadership
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Salon and The Dish
 Earlier Items: 
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, CNN and Washington Post
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox Host Yells At Michele Bachmann For Trying To Sue Obama: 'You're Being Silly'
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Workforce bill clears Senate
Discussion: CNN
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
It's Dallas v. Cleveland for 2016 GOP convention. Denver, Kansas City eliminated