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3:20 PM ET, June 29, 2015


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Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business Altogether  —  Paul is the junior U.S. Senator for Kentucky.  —  While I disagree with Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract.  —  The Constitution is silent on the question …
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton:
Attorney General Paxton: Religious Liberties of Texas Public Officials Remain Constitutionally Protected After Obergefell v. Hodges  —  Attorney General Ken Paxton today made the following statement and issued an opinion in response to questions about the impact of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that redefined marriage:
Austin American-Statesman:
Texas AG: County clerks can refuse gay couples
Karim Zidan / Bloody Elbow:
On Yoel Romero, intolerance, and the discrimination against equality for religious purposes
Lauren McGaughy / Houston Chronicle:
Texas AG tells clerks they can flout Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
States Seeking Voter Citizenship Proof Denied by U.S. Supreme Court  —  The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider letting states require evidence of citizenship when people register to vote for federal elections, rejecting an appeal from Arizona and Kansas.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Independent Redistricting Panel Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court  —  The 5-4 ruling is a setback to Arizona Republicans.  —  The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered efforts to make federal elections more competitive, upholding an independent commission set up by Arizona voters to draw congressional districts.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
BP, Anadarko Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court on Gulf Spill Fines
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court: EPA erred in rule on toxic emissions from power plants
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
New York Times:
Puerto Rico's Governor Says Island's Debts Are ‘Not Payable’  —  Puerto Rico's governor, saying he needs to pull the island out of a “death spiral,” has concluded that the commonwealth cannot pay its roughly $72 billion in debts, an admission that will probably have wide-reaching financial repercussions.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Greece Over the Brink
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Updated: Spat escalates as Ted Cruz dusts off 2009 email to rebut Karl Rove denial on Bush41 endorsement episode  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove speaking in Sacramento on March 2, 2013  —  Sen. Ted Cruz at the Capitol on Sept. 23, 2013.  —  updated 9:45pm
Discussion: Mediaite, Fox News and Washington Post
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Chief Justice Roberts' Marriage Equality Dissent Has A Hidden Message For Conservatives  —  Friday's landmark victory for marriage equality was handed down over the dissents of four justices, each of whom wrote their own dissenting opinion.  Of these, by far the most thoughtful …
Fars News Agency:
Parliamentary official Informs of Obama's Secret Message to Iran  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Parliamentary officials disclosed on Monday that US President Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iran in the last few days, adding that the letter focused on the nuclear standoff between the two sides.
Dave Urbanski /
Well-Known Priest's Amazing Response After He Said Two Men Spat on Him in Midst of NYC Gay Pride Parade  —  Fr. Jonathan Morris is likely a familiar face to readers of TheBlaze — the Catholic priest based in the Bronx also has been a longtime analyst for Fox News.
Kim Bellware / The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court Upholds Oklahoma's Use Of Lethal Injection Drug  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a 5-4 vote that Oklahoma may continue to use a controversial lethal injection drug during executions.  —  The Oklahoma death row prisoners who brought the matter to court …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Supreme Court Rules Controversial Drug Can Be Used In Executions
Danielle Ferguson / Des Moines Register:
Trump says famous hair will get new look in White House  —  WINTERSET, Ia.  - Donald Trump says if he gets elected president, he would have to change his hair style because he wouldn't have time to maintain it, as he would be working his butt off in the White House.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Chris Christie's nothing-left-to-lose campaign  —  The New Jersey governor's campaign is far less ambitious than anyone could have predicted a year ago.  But that also makes him an unpredictable force in the GOP presidential primary.  —  When Chris Christie launches his presidential campaign Tuesday …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mike Allen / Politico:
Chris Christie: No teleprompter for launch
Discussion: Slantpoint
Washington Post:
Jeb Bush dogged by decades of questions about business deals  —  In early 1989, seven weeks after his father moved into the White House, Jeb Bush took a trip to Nigeria.  —  Nearly 100,000 Nigerians turned out to see him over four days as he accompanied the executives of a Florida company …
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Week
S.V. Dáte / National Journal:
Bernie Sanders Is the Best Challenger Hillary Clinton Could've Hoped For  —  The Vermont senator could make the Democratic front-runner a better candidate in the short-term, and as the race goes on, Clinton's campaign is confident it'll be able to bring Sanders's supporters into the fold.
Discussion: The Reaction
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Solar Plane's Harrowing 120-Hour Flight Begins  —  One pilot, five days over the Pacific, no fuel  —  The First Solar Plane Flying Around the World  —  Solar Impulse, a plane powered entirely by the sun, has departed on a harrowing five-day journey over the Pacific Ocean.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Mark Oppenheimer / TIME:
Now's the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions  —  Mark Oppenheimer writes the biweekly “Beliefs” column for The New York Times and is editor-at-large for Tablet.  He also reports for The Atlantic, The Nation, This American Life, and elsewhere.
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Ken Daley / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Exonerated convict Glenn Ford succumbs to lung cancer at 65
Discussion: Raw Story and Guardian
New York Times:
5 Days That Left a Confederate Flag Wavering, and Likely to Fall
Melissa Block Takes On Expanded Role At NPR News
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Poynter.
Press Republican:
Family proud of son who captured Sweat
Discussion: Guardian and Associated Press
Vicksburg Post:
Body found at Kuhn Hospital
Discussion: The Week and NOLA River
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Grisis  —  OK, this is real: Greek banks closed, capital controls imposed.
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Pope's activism sets stage for awkward visit to Capitol Hill
Discussion: Washington Post
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The pollution of politics  —  When President Obama lobbied …
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Subway vigilante Bernie Goetz fighting the possible eviction of his pet squirrel