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11:15 AM ET, June 27, 2014


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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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: OnPolitics
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
Washington Post:
E-mails show that Puckett job was in the works before he resigned from Va. Senate  —  RICHMOND — The head of the state tobacco commission warned that the panel would create the appearance of “manipulating” power in the Virginia Senate if it announced that it was hiring Sen. Phillip P. Puckett …
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.
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
Lee Enterprises / La Crosse Tribune:
GOP candidate sounds warning on same-sex marriage  —  • Jourdan Vian  —  A candidate in the Republican primary for the Third U.S. Congressional district said Tuesday that a recent federal ruling striking down Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban could lead to incestuous marriages.
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon to Train, Arm Syria Rebels  —  Program to Train and Equip Moderate Opposition Would Expand U.S. Role in Civil War  —  WASHINGTON—The White House on Thursday proposed a major program to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, in a significant expansion of the U.S. role in a civil war …
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 and OnPolitics
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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
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
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
A Woman Should Run for President Against Hillary Clinton. Or Many Women.
Mary Troyan / Montgomery Advertiser:
Sessions opposes update to Voting Rights Act
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Lawyer clarifies Walker not target
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Maddening Illogic of the IRS ‘Coverup’ Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: American Spectator and Hullabaloo
David Barton / Salon:
Rise of a right-wing quack: Faux-historian David Barton's shocking new influence
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
David Stout / New York Times:
Howard H. Baker Jr., ‘Great Conciliator’ of Senate, Dies at 88
Discussion: CNN
Eric Russell / The Portland Press Herald:
LePage includes Social Security among ‘welfare’ programs
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Massachusetts high court orders suspect to decrypt his computers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TalkLeft
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
ISIS May Open a Third Front in Lebanon
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Nick Hanauer / Politico:
The Pitchforks Are Coming? For Us Plutocrats