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9:45 AM ET, June 28, 2014


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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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: McDaniel Supporters Barred From Reviewing Voter Rolls in Nine Mississippi Counties
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Meet Mitzi Bickers
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
Jason Newman / Rolling Stone:
Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead at 70  —  Veteran singer had numerous hits, yet suffered multiple health issues throughout seven-decade career  —  Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70.  A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed …
Discussion: NME, Guardian, Hit & Run and Mashable
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: The Daily Caller and Politico
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 …
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.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
What Happened to the Facebook Phone?  Not Very Much, It Seems  —  Facebook has long wanted to be a major part of how you use your smartphone.  Now, it looks as if the company has all but abandoned one of its major strategies to do so.  —  The company has disbanded the team …
Discussion: Engadget, Gigaom and The Verge
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
McDaniel Campaign Staffer Blames Tea Party's Leader Suicide On Political Opponents  —  “A good man is gone today bc of a campaign to destroy lives.  To all ‘so called’ Republican leaders who joined lockstep: I WILL NOT REST!”  —  Jonathan Bachman / Reuters
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
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 …
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’
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Fox News:
Stewart and Colbert: Still funny, but pulling their punches against the president
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ian Tuttle / National Review:
Study: All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants
David Smith / Guardian:
Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim ‘safe and well’ in US embassy
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's truly hard choice: Change or continuity?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and National Review
Nick Hanauer / Politico:
The Pitchforks Are Coming... For Us Plutocrats
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Congressional Candidate Warns Wisconsin Marriage Ruling May Lead To Incestuous Marriage
Discussion: The Reaction and Shakesville
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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Faces Heat Over Paid Speeches
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
DC's Top Neocon Finds His Inner Hippie
Catherine Saint Louis / New York Times:
Politicians' Prescriptions for Marijuana Defy Doctors and Data
Discussion: The Verge
Simon Waxman / Washington Post:
The U.S. military's ongoing slur of Native Americans
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Affairs Website Targets Hillary Clinton With Billboard
Discussion: FOX 32 News Chicago and Mediaite
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Yeah, We're Color-Blind Down South
Discussion: Booman Tribune