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2:45 AM ET, June 28, 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 …
Colleen Jenkins / Reuters:
Chris McDaniel Challenges Mississippi Senate Primary Votes After Loss  —  The Tea Party-backed candidate who has refused to concede defeat to Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in Mississippi's primary runoff said his campaign has found more than 1,000 instances of ballots cast by people who were ineligible to vote.
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
'The worst race-baiting ads I've ever seen': Radio ads in Mississippi senate race accused tea party candidate of Ku Klux Klan links and drove black Democrats to vote against him in a REPUBLICAN primary  — Radio ads exclusively obtained by MailOnline show how forces loyal to Sen. Thad Cochran used claims …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Chris McDaniel aide slams GOP over apparent suicide  —  State Sen. Chris McDaniel's policy director lashed out at the GOP establishment Friday over the apparent suicide of a supporter charged with felony conspiracy related to pictures taken of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
McDaniel Campaign Staffer Blames Tea Party's Leader Suicide On Political Opponents
Discussion: Reuters and PoliticusUSA
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.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Is The Times Ignoring a Scandal at the I.R.S.?  —  Has The Times been interested enough in the politically charged events involving the Internal Revenue Service?  —  Many readers don't think so.  One, Harry Koenig of Monroe Township, New Jersey, wrote to me this week with strong words of criticism.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:   Lois Lerner's E-Mails: Ruh-Roh
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Koskinen: IRS troubles ‘suspicious,’ but no crime uncovered
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration  —  The Obama administration is “not bluffing” in its intent to take executive action on immigration policy if House Republicans don't act soon, top Democratic leaders warned Thursday.  —  President Obama has delayed any potential changes …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP is now officially the party of ‘get the hell out’
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Immigration activists to occupy House
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Eric Holthaus / Slate:
Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?  —  This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent.  —  A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what's normally the wettest time of the year.  In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters …
Matt Higgins / CBS Las Vegas:
Report: Mexican Military Chopper Crosses Into US, Shoots At Border Agents  —  TUCSON, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Border Patrol agents in Arizona were reportedly fired upon by a Mexican military helicopter that traveled across the border.  —  Mexican authorities were conducting …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
TNR is lying again: “80 Percent of Conservatives Think the Poor ‘Have It Easy.’”  —  That headline refers to the results of a test — which I linked to here — used by the Pew Research Center to sort Americans into various groups, like “Young Outsider” and “Business Conservative,” based on their political predilections.
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
How the Guardian played down the assassination that sparked world war  —  Murder of archduke would have no ‘salient effect’ on Europe, declared Manchester Guardian, just 37 days before war erupted  —  “It is not to be supposed,” wrote a correspondent for the Manchester Guardian analysing …
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter and Hullabaloo
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: McDaniel Supporters Barred From Reviewing Voter Rolls in Nine Mississippi Counties  —  Breaking-  —  The Chris McDaniel campaign identified multiple Mississippi counties in which enough improper ballots were cast that a legal challenge to the outcome of the election is warranted.
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 …
Matt Drudge /
Matt Drudge gives rare interview on WTOP Friday … WASHINGTON — More than the gridlock in Washington, political commentator Matt Drudge is concerned with immigration and the situation at America's border.  —  “I know there are big fights throughout the country,” he says.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Faces Heat Over Paid Speeches  —  UNLV Students Want $225,000 Fee for Upcoming Appearance Donated  —  Hillary Clinton is facing a backlash over her paid speeches, with students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas calling on her to reject $225,000 the school is paying …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Washington Post:
How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches
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 …
Fox News:
Sources: US letting Benghazi suspects off hook, recent arrest ‘small potatoes’  —  Despite President Obama's promise to stay focused on hunting down those responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attack — and despite a recent arrest touted as a major takedown — sources say little has been done to nab the other suspects.
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David Smith / Guardian:
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's truly hard choice: Change or continuity?
Discussion: National Review and Ed Driscoll
Pete Kasperowicz /
Dems block GOP bills to verify status, block tax credits to illegal immigrants
Discussion: Right Wing News
Nick Hanauer / Politico:
The Pitchforks Are Coming... For Us Plutocrats
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Affairs Website Targets Hillary Clinton With Billboard
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Yeah, We're Color-Blind Down South
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Meet Mitzi Bickers
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Powerful New Consensus
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
So Much for Obamacare Not Working
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