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12:25 PM ET, June 18, 2013

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Adele M. Stan / RH Reality Check:
Texas Congressman: Masturbating Fetuses Prove Need for Abortion Ban  —  As the House of Representatives gears up for Tuesday's debate on HR 1797, a bill that would outlaw virtually all abortions 20 weeks post fertilization, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) argued in favor of banning abortions …
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Katie McDonough / Salon:
GOP lawmaker: Extreme abortion ban justified because of masturbating fetuses
Discussion: Hit & Run and msnbc.com
Rep. Marsha Blackburn / Politico:
Late-term abortions must end
Discussion: LifeNews.com and National Review
CNN:
CNN Poll: Did White House order IRS targeting?  —  Washington (CNN) - A growing number of Americans believe that senior White House officials ordered the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative political groups, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/ORC International survey …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   CNN Poll: Big generational divide in immigration battle
David Jackson / USA Today:
White House cites progress on gun control
Erik Wasson / The Hill:   Obama threatens to veto House farm bill
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
FBI Looks for Leaks at Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court  —  Investigators still do not know if the FISA system has been compromised, or if Edward Snowden was the source of the Verizon warrant published by the ‘Guardian.’ Eli Lake reports.  —  The FBI is investigating whether …
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Dan Coats / Wall Street Journal:
To My Congressional Colleagues: Stop the NSA Grandstanding  —  Members have had ample opportunity to learn about these valuable programs.  —  Last week, Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency contractor, attempted to make a political point by leaking several documents …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama: I'm not Dick Cheney
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Weasel Zippers
Chris Frates / NationalJournal.com:
Boehner Aims to Move Immigration by Capitalizing on a Conservative Rift  —  The speaker is navigating a divide over citizenship to push reform legislation through the House.  —  John Boehner wants immigration reform to pass.  To get it done, the House speaker will have to capitalize …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, ABCNEWS and First Read
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rohrabacher: Boehner ‘should be removed as Speaker’ if he moves Senate immigration bill
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Claire McCaskill endorses Hillary Clinton for 2016  —  Saying that “it's important we start early,” Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in one of the first major moves of the 2016 cycle.  —  “Now, as I look at 2016 and think about who is best to lead this country forward …
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Politico:
The Bill Clinton paradox
Discussion: CNN
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hidden camera catches wireless company employees passing out ‘Obama phones’ to people who say they'll SELL them for drugs, shoes, handbags and spending cash  — The ‘Lifeline’ free-cell-phone scheme cost $2.2 BILLION last year alone, all of it from fees added to the phone bills of paying customers
Guardian:
US to begin direct peace talks with Taliban over Afghanistan  —  ‘Peace and reconciliation’ milestone comes after US drops request for formal rejection of al-Qaida as precondition to talks  —  The US is to open direct talks with Taliban leaders within days, it was revealed on Tuesday …
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghan Forces Struggle as U.S. Weans Them Off Support
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Hill and Hot Air
Charlie Rose:
Distribute this video:  —  Yes, Father's Day.  —  Charlie that was really something based upon these photographs:  —  And this speech:  —  “I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man.  But I will tell you this: Everything else is unfulfilled if we fail at family, if we fail at that responsibility.
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Groups claim to have found ‘smoking gun’ to force Christie to move U.S. Senate election to November  —  TRENTON — Two liberal groups say they've found a “smoking gun” in a century-old state law that could force Gov. Chris Christie to schedule the general election in November.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Immigration Bill Gives GOP A Pounding Migraine  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, is a jovial sort, but he was scowling like a man who'd just discovered that he might have boarded the wrong bus.  —  “How do we put together a bill and then the guy who put it together says that he may not vote for it?”
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Fat chance: At 24 pounds, immigration bill is too big for many to swallow
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  June 18, 2013 - Scott Chips Away At Crist Lead In Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov's Grades Are Low, But Best Ever  —  Florida Gov. Rick Scott trails former Gov. Charlie Crist 47 - 37 percent in his 2014 reelection bid, compared to his 16-point deficit in March …
Gov. Bobby Jindal / Politico:
GOP needs action, not navel-gazing  —  We've had enough.  Yes, we just lost our second straight presidential election to Barack Obama.  Yes, losing is painful and has consequences.  Yes, when you lose, you make adjustments.  Enough already.  Let's get on with it.  —  Yes, we have plenty of changes to make.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Intel Committee Blocks Former Staffer From Talking To Press About Oversight Process  —  The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has taken the unusual step of actively blocking a former committee aide from talking to TPM about congressional oversight of the intelligence community.
Discussion: Secrecy News
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Moonlight Serenade  —  Whom does Mrs. Weiner work for?  —  Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress two years ago this Friday in a side-splitting social-media scandal, is running for mayor of New York?  We don't know why, but we're now pretty sure it's not for the money.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
Former Bush, Romney Adviser Greg Mankiw Writes Paper ‘Defending The One Percent’  —  At long last the downtrodden, disrespected 1 percent have a hero to make their case: Harvard economist Gregory Mankiw.  —  The former economic adviser to President George W. Bush and wannabe president Mitt Romney …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rise in illegal crossings roils immigration debate  —  There was a striking moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee's debate on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill when Republican Jeff Sessions and Democrat Charles Schumer argued over the number of immigrants who would be allowed …
Allan Sloan / Fortune:
Zell's legacy lives on: IRS goes after Tribune  —  By the time the final papers are shuffled, the IRS and local tax authorities are likely seek more than half a billion dollars from Tribune in regard to the sales of the Chicago Cubs and Newsday under former CEO Sam Zell.
Discussion: DealBook and Poynter
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP's leadership reform challenge
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Jason Koebler / US News:
Video: ‘Cheetah Cub’ Robot Runs Like a Housecat
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
Thousands Gather for Protests in Brazil's Largest Cities
Discussion: Gawker and The Lede
Alison Healy / The Irish Times:
Michelle Obama and daughters visit Glendalough and Dalkey
Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
SCANDALPALOOZA: State Dept. Wages War of Intimidation Against Cover-up Whistleblower
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Tim Shorrock / New York Times:
Put the Spies Back Under One Roof
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Jesse Jackson wants to serve his prison time first; government resisting break for his mental illness
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
The White House Says It's Winning The Gun Control Debate
Discussion: Mediaite, ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Sen. Cornyn Reveals Not One, Not Two, but Three Public Pensions Atop His Salary
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: You Can't Fathom ‘Complexities’ of Syria Policy 'If You Haven't Been in Situation Room'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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