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7:05 AM ET, June 27, 2014


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Katherine Connell / 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:
Supreme Court Rebukes 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 …
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
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: American Spectator and 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
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: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Lauren French / Politico:
John Boehner lawsuit brings in cash for DCCC  —  Speaker John Boehner's announcement that House Republicans would sue President Barack Obama for misusing executive authority turned into a big payday for congressional Democrats.  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee posted …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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
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
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 …
The Times of Israel:
Israel names suspects in kidnapping of three teens  —  Hamas operatives Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme have been absent from their homes in Hebron since youths went missing  —  Israeli authorities on Thursday named two West Bank Palestinians as prime suspects in the kidnapping …
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
Mary Troyan / Montgomery Advertiser:
Sessions opposes update to Voting Rights Act  —  WASHINGTON - Congress does not need to update the Voting Rights Act by restoring special federal oversight of elections in a handful of states, Sen. Jeff Sessions said today.  —  The Alabama Republican, who voted for the 2006 renewal of the Voting Rights Act …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:   Judiciary Chairman In No Rush To Move On Voting Rights Act Bill
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 …
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.
Eric Russell / The Portland Press Herald:
LePage includes Social Security among ‘welfare’ programs  —  He also puts Medicare and jobless aid in that category while arguing that Maine's personal-income ranking would be better if such federal payments were excluded.  —  Gov. Paul LePage has long cast a wide net for programs that he says fit the definition of welfare.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Randall Kennedy / Politico:
Black America?  —  On January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama assumed …
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Massachusetts high court orders suspect to decrypt his computers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TalkLeft
Morroccan Women Protest After Prime Minister Tells Them To Stay At Home
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
ISIS May Open a Third Front in Lebanon
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Nick Hanauer / Politico:
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Vox, derp, and the intellectual stagnation of the left
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Hot Air