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7:10 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: Washington Post and Cato Institute
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Curbs President's Power to Make Recess Appointments  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday said President Obama had violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to appoint officials to the National Labor Relations Board during a brief break in the Senate's work.
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
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zone
Randall Kennedy / Politico:   Black America?  —  On January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama assumed …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
President's Recess-Appointment Power Cut by High Court
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
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
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. …
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
ABC News:
Obama: World Cup Impacting Some Foreign Policy Moves
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Lawyer clarifies Walker not target
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The Investigation Into Scott Walker Could Be Way, Way Bigger Than Scott Walker
Discussion: RedState, CNN, Hullabaloo and BuzzFeed
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: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and WJLA-TV
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 …
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, majority leader and Reagan's chief of staff, dies at 88
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Maddening Illogic of the IRS ‘Coverup’ Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels Reuters 47 mins ago
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Massachusetts high court orders suspect to decrypt his computers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TalkLeft
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Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
ISIS May Open a Third Front in Lebanon
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Discussion:, The Raw Story and Gawker
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP senate candidate Todd Akin doubles down on ‘legitimate rape’ …