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5:00 PM ET, June 26, 2014


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Supreme Court strikes down Obama recess appointments  —  In a rebuke to President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court struck down three of his recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as unconstitutional.  —  The decision Thursday gives the Senate broad power …
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.
John Fund / National Review:
Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Obama for 12th and 13th Time Since 2012  —  Did you know the Obama administration's position has been defeated in at least 13 - thirteen — cases before the Supreme Court since January 2012 that were unanimous decisions?
Discussion: Washington Post and Cato Institute
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High Court Limits President's Appointments Power
Discussion: Politico
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:   Judiciary Chairman In No Rush To Move On Voting Rights Act Bill
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zone
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
President's Recess-Appointment Power Cut by High Court
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
High court rules against Obama on recess appointments
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology  —  Even in an increasingly Red vs. Blue nation, the public's political attitudes and values come in many shades and hues.  —  Partisan polarization - the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats - is a defining feature of politics today.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Proud to be an American?  You're probably not a true liberal.  —  Michelle Obama took some heat in 2008 for saying that, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country...”  —  As it turns out, that sentiment isn't all that unusual on the far left of American politics.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
McDaniel Goes Over the Brink  —  A lot of us spent a good part of yesterday wondering what the basis might be of some Chris McDaniel challenge to the results in Mississippi on Tuesday night.  Would Team McDaniel stick to investigating clear and provable violations of state law (e.g. …
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
Discussion: Hot Air, Weekly Standard and WJLA-TV
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Tea Party Blew It
Washington Post:
Immigration reform effectively dead until after Obama leaves office, both sides say  —  The two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congress is effectively dead and unlikely to be revived until after President Obama leaves office, numerous lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue said this week.
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Sales of Clinton's ‘Hard Choices’ drop by over 40% in second week
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Washington Post
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York's Ban on Big Sodas Is Rejected by Final Court  —  The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead.  —  The state's highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City's controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city's final appeal and handing …
Scott Walker / CNN:
Walker not focus of fundraising probe, prosecutor says  —  (CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is not currently the focus of an investigation into allegations of illegally coordinated fundraising efforts between the governor's campaign and outside conservative groups in the midst …
Discussion: Politico
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The Investigation Into Scott Walker Could Be Way, Way Bigger Than Scott Walker
Discussion: RedState, CNN, Hullabaloo and BuzzFeed
Lanhee Chen / Bloomberg View:
Obamacare's Prognosis Grows Dimmer  —  A nightmare for Affordable Care Act supporters has been the possibility that only the sick would be left to purchase insurance through its exchanges, driving premiums up and insurers out.  While the law's boosters have been quick to dismiss the possibility …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Nick Hanauer / Politico:
The Pitchforks Are Coming?  For Us Plutocrats  —  To: My Fellow Zillionaires  —  You probably don't know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist.  I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries …
Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels Reuters 47 mins ago  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers for greater U.S. backing for Syria's opposition, on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress approve $500 million to train …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Vox, derp, and the intellectual stagnation of the Left  —  Talk about an epistemic closure problem  —  This wunderkind is now presiding over an empire of derp.  —  S  —  everal long winters ago, when President Obama was thunderously elected amid Messianic fervor, and much of the Right …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Hot Air
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Massachusetts high court orders suspect to decrypt his computers
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Caller
Justin Hyde / Yahoo! News:
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Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
ISIS May Open a Third Front in Lebanon
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
How Bad Can the Iraq Situation Get? An Expert Weighs In.
Discussion: The Dish
Cops: Vegan mom refused to help baby
Discussion:, The Raw Story and Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP senate candidate Todd Akin doubles down on ‘legitimate rape’ …
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The survivor  —  Why the hell is Eric Holder still around?
Discussion: Washington Post