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2:20 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  —  County clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on religious objections to gay marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Sunday.  —  Paxton noted that clerks who refuse to issue licenses can expect to be sued …
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.
Discussion: ABC News and Election Law Blog
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
BP, Anadarko Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court on Gulf Spill Fines
Discussion: The Week
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.
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 and Washington Post
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Exclusive — Cruz's New Book : Rove Thought Bush '41 ‘Too Old to Have Good Judgment’
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Will He Run?  Biden Speculation Mounts  —  Both sons urged the vice president to enter 2016 presidential race, but so far a bid doesn't seem imminent  —  When deciding whether to run for office, Vice President Joe Biden has made it a practice to seek his family's counsel.
Juan Williams / The Hill:   The pollution of politics  —  When President Obama lobbied …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: What The GOP Is Saying About SCOTUS
Discussion: US News, NBC News and Slantpoint
Washington Post:
Supreme Court: EPA erred in rule on toxic emissions from power plants  —  The Supreme Court dealt a major blow on Monday to the Obama administration's efforts to reduce emissions of toxic mercury from coal-burning power plants, saying federal regulators failed to properly consider the costs of pollution controls.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Kim Bellware / The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court Upholds Oklahoma's Use Of Lethal Injection Drug
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.
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 …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Chris Christie: No teleprompter for launch
Discussion: Slantpoint
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
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: 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.
Discussion: Power Line, The Federalist and RedState
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Discussion: American Spectator and Daily Mail
Ken Daley / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Guardian
New York Times:
5 Days That Left a Confederate Flag Wavering, and Likely to Fall
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
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Press Republican:
Family proud of son who captured Sweat
Discussion: Guardian and Associated Press
Vicksburg Post:
Body found at Kuhn Hospital
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Grisis  —  OK, this is real: Greek banks closed, capital controls imposed.
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
FBI Investigating Black Church Fires
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Pope's activism sets stage for awkward visit to Capitol Hill
Discussion: Washington Post
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Subway vigilante Bernie Goetz fighting the possible eviction of his pet squirrel
Peter Spence / Telegraph:
The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS