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10:05 PM ET, June 26, 2014


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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: Weasel Zippers and Washington Post
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rebuke Obama on Right of Appointment  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court issued a unanimous rebuke to President Obama on Thursday, saying he had overreached in issuing recess appointments during brief breaks in the Senate's work.  —  Mr. Obama violated the Constitution in 2012 …
New York Times:   A More Nuanced Breakdown of the Supreme Court
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:   Judiciary Chairman In No Rush To Move On Voting Rights Act Bill
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.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology
Discussion: CNN
ABC News:
Obama: World Cup Impacting Some Foreign Policy Moves  —  On his way to Minnesota today, President Obama took a break from his day job to watch one of the most anticipated World Cup matches so far — the U.S. vs. Germany — and he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that the international sporting event …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Panelist: World Cup Is A Way For Obama To ‘Distract People’ (VIDEO)  —  It was only a matter of time before a Fox News panelist suggested the FIFA World Cup presented a convenient distraction from the problems facing President Barack Obama.  —  “I'm suspect,” Dr. Keith Ablow said Thursday on …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Lauren French / Politico:
John Boehner lawsuit brings in cash for DCCC
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Hill
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Maddening Illogic of the IRS ‘Coverup’ Conspiracy Theory  —  We know that there aren't many scientists in the Republican congressional delegation, because if there were, they couldn't use the “I'm not a scientist” excuse to duck questions about climate change.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Lauer Asks GM CEO If She Can Do Her Job And Be A Good Mom (VIDEO)  —  Today Show host Matt Lauer on Thursday asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she felt she could run a company and be a good mother during an interview about the company's controversial recalls.
Discussion: TODAY, Matt Lauer, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Justin Hyde / Yahoo! News:
Matt Lauer asks General Motors' CEO if she can be a good mother too Motoramic 1 hr ago
The mocker-in-chief  —  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 or spineless dopes who can't or won't listen …
Randall Kennedy / Politico:   Black America?  —  On January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama assumed …
David Barton / Salon:
Rise of a right-wing quack: Faux-historian David Barton's shocking new influence  —  Back when Glenn Beck was one of the most admired men in America and Fox News' No. 1 celebrity, he introduced to the nation at large a “historian,” well known among the Christian right, by the name of David Barton …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
James Hohmann / Politico:
Lawyer clarifies Walker not target  —  A Wisconsin special prosecutor clarified Thursday that GOP Gov. Scott Walker was not the target of his investigation into what he described in earlier court papers as a “criminal scheme.”  —  Francis Schmitz, who is being accused of prosecutorial misconduct …
Scott Walker / CNN:   Walker not focus of fundraising probe, prosecutor says
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. …
David Stout / New York Times:
Howard H. Baker Jr., ‘Great Conciliator’ of Senate, Dies at 88  —  Howard H. Baker Jr., a soft-spoken Tennessee lawyer who served three terms in the Senate and became known as “the great conciliator” in his eight years as the chamber's Republican leader, died on Thursday at his home in Tennessee.
Discussion: CNN
James Gerstenzang / Washington Post:
Sen. Howard Baker dies at 88; majority leader and Reagan's chief of staff
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 dashing …
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 …
Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi to travel to border, meet detained minors  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will travel to the southern border of the U.S. on Saturday to be briefed by Customs and Border Protection on the flood of unaccompanied minors entering the country.
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
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Judge upholds order demanding release of CIA torture accounts
Eric Russell / The Portland Press Herald:
LePage includes Social Security among ‘welfare’ programs
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Massachusetts high court orders suspect to decrypt his computers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TalkLeft
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion:, The Raw Story and Gawker
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Vox, derp, and the intellectual stagnation of the left
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP senate candidate Todd Akin doubles down on ‘legitimate rape’ …