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1:25 PM ET, June 27, 2014


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Jimmie E. Gates / The Clarion-Ledger:
Sources: Miss. tea party leader Mayfield commits suicide  —  Sources have confirmed that attorney Mark Mayfield has committed suicide.  —  Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and is one of the three men charged with conspiring with Clayton Kelly to photograph U.S …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING!  There May Be Enough Invalidated Votes to Overturn Cochran Victory ...Update: 800 Hinds County Voters Crossed Over Illegally  —  Breaking...  (Left column: Democrat primary vote; Right column: GOP runoff vote)  —  The Chris McDaniel campaign has identified multiple Mississippi counties …
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel still pondering challenge
Discussion: Washington Monthly and OnPolitics
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Powerful New Consensus  —  WASHINGTON — FOR years, particularly after the 2000 election, talk about the Supreme Court has centered on its bitter 5-to-4 divisions.  Yet it is worth reflecting on a remarkable achievement: The court has agreed unanimously in more than 66 percent …
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rebukes Obama on Right of Appointment
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide  —  Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki talks to the BBC  —  Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Redrawn Lines Seen as No Cure in Iraq Conflict  —  ISTANBUL — Over the past two weeks, the specter that has haunted Iraq since its founding 93 years ago appears to have become a reality: the de facto partition of the country into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish cantons.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Guardian
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
So Much for Obamacare Not Working  —  Have you been following the news about Obamacare?  The Affordable Care Act has receded from the front page, but information about how it's going keeps coming in — and almost all the news is good.  Indeed, health reform has been on a roll ever since March …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Obama Calls Boehner Lawsuit Threat a ‘Stunt’ … Despite Republican House Speaker John Boehner's threat this week to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders, the president refused to apologize for his actions during an exclusive interview with ABC News and took the Republican Party …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More in U.S. Would Decrease Immigration Than Increase  —  Support for increasing immigration is up, yet more would still curb it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — While illegal immigration typically dominates debates over immigration policy, the issue of legal immigration came to the forefront …
Washington Post:
How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches  —  Over seven frenetic days, Bill Clinton addressed corporate executives in Switzerland and Denmark, an investors' group in Sweden and a cluster of business and political leaders in Austria.
Nancy Andreasen / The Atlantic Online:
Secrets of the Creative Brain  —  A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.  —  As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama asks for authorization to provide direct military training to Syrian rebels  —  The Obama administration asked Congress Thursday to authorize direct U.S. military training and equipment for Syrian opposition fighters, a move that could significantly escalate U.S. involvement in Syria's civil war.
Wall Street Journal:   Pentagon to Train, Arm Syria Rebels
CBS Tampa:
Vet Could Lose Home For Displaying Small US Flag In Front Yard Because It Violates Home Display Rules  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) - A veteran could lose his home because of a small American flag he has placed in a flower pot in front of his home.  —  Larry Murphree explained …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Immigration activists to occupy House  —  Immigration activists plan to occupy House office buildings on Friday to protest GOP positions on illegal immigration.  —  United We Dream, a youth-led group that supports expanding protection for illegal immigrants, announced members would protest inside …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and BizPac Review
Lee Fang / Republic Report:
Responding to ‘Risky Business’ Report, CNBC Seeks Op-Ed on ‘Global Warming Being a Hoax’  —  How badly does cable news network CNBC want to deny the existence of global warming?  —  For a network with an embarrassing history of fudging the science around climate change, one CNBC booker apears to have made a big mistake.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Yeah, We're Color-Blind Down South  —  Here's some unsurprising but depressing news from the Montgomery Advertiser's Mary Troyan: … The timing of Sessions' statement is interesting, coming right as conservatives next door in Mississippi and to some extent nationwide are in a full freakout mode …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mary Troyan / Montgomery Advertiser:
Sessions opposes update to Voting Rights Act
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Lois Lerner's E-Mails: Ruh-Roh  —  Lois Lerner may have lost a lot of e-mails.  But she didn't lose all her e-mails; the House Ways and Means Committee is grinding through them, and the ones it has released do not shine a flattering light on Lerner's judgment: She sought an audit …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Maddening Illogic of the IRS ‘Coverup’ Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: American Spectator and Hullabaloo
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)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Wall Street Journal:
Startup Is Negotiating With Users of Its Database of Restaurants, Shops
Discussion: PandoDaily, The Verge and Gigaom
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Meet Mitzi Bickers
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Increased US drone use ‘may create slippery slope to wider war’, report says
Discussion: Prairie Weather, Eschaton and The Verge
Washington Post:
E-mails show that Puckett job was in the works before he resigned from Va. Senate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Mark Sanford's Path of Most Resistance
Discussion: Washington Monthly and OnPolitics
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
China Blocks Hillary Clinton's Book
Lee Enterprises / La Crosse Tribune:
GOP candidate sounds warning on same-sex marriage
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
A Woman Should Run for President Against Hillary Clinton. Or Many Women.
David Barton / Salon:
Rise of a right-wing quack: Faux-historian David Barton's shocking new influence
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo