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3:15 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 …
Congressional candidate feels opponent is a body double … OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma congressional candidate has announced he plans to contest Tuesday's primary election of long time Rep. Frank Lucas.  —  In a bizarre letter obtained by NewsChannel 4, Tim Murray says he doesn't feel Rep. Lucas is qualified for office.
Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
GOP Candidate Charges Opponent Is Dead, Represented By A Body Double  —  WASHINGTON — Political opponents accuse each other of lying all the time, but one Oklahoma congressional candidate took his accusation to a new level this week when he claimed his opponent was actually dead and being represented by a body double.
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
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
Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities  —  Annual Statistics for Calendar Year 2013  —  In June 2013, President Obama directed the Intelligence Community to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive U.S. Government …
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 …
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP is now officially the party of ‘get the hell out’  —  Exactly one year after the Senate passed an immigration reform bill that built a compromise on an exchange of increased enforcement for legalization for the 11 million, Republicans have now officially abandoned any pretense …
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
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.
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 …
Simon Waxman / Washington Post:
The U.S. military's ongoing slur of Native Americans  —  Simon Waxman is managing editor of Boston Review.  —  Resistance to the Washington Redskins team name has ebbed and flowed over the years, but thanks in part to letters from 50 senators to the team's owner, Dan Snyder …
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 …
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Affairs Website Targets Hillary Clinton With Billboard  —  Say wwwwhat?  —  Fox32 Chicago / Via  —  A website targeted toward married people having affairs is using a pun on Hillary Clinton's book Hard Choices in attempt to get women to sign up for their site.
Discussion: Mediaite
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Meet Mitzi Bickers  —  A scandal-plagued Democratic operative may have worked the black vote for Cochran  —  Meet what appears to be one of the keys to Thad Cochran's black-turnout operation, Mitzi Bickers.  —  She is, from all appearances, something of a renaissance woman …
Matt Higgins / CBS Las Vegas:
Report: Mexican Military Chopper Crosses Into US, Shoots At Border Agents  —  TUCSON, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) — Border Patrol agents in Arizona were reportedly fired upon by a Mexican military helicopter that traveled across the border.  —  KVOA-TV reports that Mexican authorities were conducting …
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
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
DC's Top Neocon Finds His Inner Hippie  —  Arthur Brooks' pursuit of the formula for happiness has some unlikely speakers talking to the American Enterprise Institute.  Is the 1 percent really listening to his spiritual gurus?  —  There were more turbans and saris among the suits and ties …
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: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
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
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
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Politicians' Prescriptions for Marijuana Defy Doctors and Data
Discussion: The Verge
Erik Olson / Billings Gazette:
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The Boston Globe:
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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
John Browne, Former Chief of BP, on Being a Closeted Executive
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Lee Fang / Republic Report:
Responding to ‘Risky Business’ Report, CNBC Seeks Op-Ed on ‘Global Warming Being a Hoax’
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
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
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
China Blocks Hillary Clinton's Book
Lee Enterprises / La Crosse Tribune:
GOP candidate sounds warning on same-sex marriage