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5:15 PM ET, June 29, 2015


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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.
Charles J. Dean /
Roy Moore: Alabama judges cannot issue same-sex marriage licenses for 25 days  —  Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said the state supreme court today issued an order that effectively keeps probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days.
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
Washington Post:
Supreme Court: EPA erred in rule on toxic emissions from power plants
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Kim Bellware / The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court Upholds Oklahoma's Use Of Lethal Injection Drug
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 …
Karim Zidan / Bloody Elbow:
On Yoel Romero, intolerance, and the discrimination against equality for religious purposes
Austin American-Statesman:
Texas AG: County clerks can refuse gay couples
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBCUniversal cuts ties with Trump  —  Amid mounting public pressure, NBCUniversal announced Monday that it will cut business ties with Donald Trump due to “recent derogatory statements” the Republican presidential hopeful made regarding Mexican immigrants.  —  “At NBC, respect and dignity …
NBC News:
NBC Cuts Business Ties with Donald Trump Over Immigration Remarks  —  NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump over his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.  —  “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” NBC said in a statement.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette, Hot Air and CBS DC
NBCUniversal cuts ties with Donald Trump  —  NBCUniversal, succumbing to pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump.  —  The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
NBC to Donald Trump: You're Fired
Discussion: Raw Story and Towleroad
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Greece Over the Brink  —  It has been obvious for some time that the creation of the euro was a terrible mistake.  Europe never had the preconditions for a successful single currency — above all, the kind of fiscal and banking union that, for example, ensures that when a housing bubble in Florida bursts …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Awesome Gratuitousness of the Greek Crisis
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
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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
State Department Ejects Free Beacon Reporter from Briefing
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 …
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.
David Meyer / Politico:
France arrests Uber executives  —  The company's French and Western Europe general managers are in custody.  —  Two of Uber's top executives in France were arrested Monday over the alleged illegality of the car-booking service.  —  Uber France General Manager Thibaud Simphal …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Faces a More Liberal Democratic Fund-Raising Landscape  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton will seek out donors to her presidential campaign from a Democratic fund-raising landscape vastly altered since her first presidential bid and far more ideologically aligned with the party's liberal activists.
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open while the justices consider whether to hear an appeal from a decision effectively ordering them to close.
Discussion: and Daily Kos
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.
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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Uber Acquires Part Of Bing's Mapping Assets, Will Absorb Around 100 Microsoft Employees
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent: Death penalty may be unconstitutional
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Ku Klux Klan propaganda blankets Whittier neighborhood
Discussion: and Orange County Register
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
USDA moving to ban juice, cookies in day cares
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Independent Redistricting Commissions Survive
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Solar Plane's Harrowing 120-Hour Flight Begins
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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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
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
Mark Oppenheimer / TIME:
Now's the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions
Washington Post:
Jeb Bush dogged by decades of questions about business deals