Day's End Round-Up

DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

GOP reform strikes again
The Washington Post's Jamelle Bouie thinks there's one more reason for Americans to be wary of GOP reform: the loss of unemployment benefits by 70,000 North Carolinians due to cuts in the state-based unemployment system. 

Republicans won't be lucky with an ageist attack
The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky predicts the Republican attack on possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's age will backfire. 

Did the courts overstep?
The American Conservative's William J. Watkins Jr. sees the outcomes on DOMA and Proposition 8 as a mishap in American democracy and as evidence the high court used a double standard.

Big government squelching religious freedom
John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, writes in The Washington Times that the government has gotten too large and has imposed too much on the religious way of life. 

OTHER NEWS SOURCES 

Obama discounts critiques of lack of action in Africa
President Obama stands by his relationship with Africa during his presidency, one critics regard as detrimentally less active than former President Bush's, The Hill's Amie Parnes reports.

What would Tami Taylor do?
Former "Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton has partnered with Planned Parenthood on a campaign to raise support and funds for abortion rights, The Hill's Judy Kurtz reports.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Ted Cruz’s adversarial relationship with facts
Right Turn’s Jennifer Rubin says that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s claim to have received “more than 40 percent” of the Hispanic vote in 2012 is more fiction than a reality, and that his exaggerations could cost him in the long run.
 
Some advice for Obama
The Corner’s Daniel Pipes says that attacking Iranian nuclear facilities would be a positive turnaround for the Obama administration.
 
The GOP has no interest in reform
The Plum Line's Jamelle Bouie says that Republicans are doubling down on the policies that have crippled them in recent elections.

What The Weather Channel knows that Republicans don't

The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn says that The Weather Channel could teach Republicans a lesson or two about the importance of addressing climate change.


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Obama administration finalizes birth control mandate
The final rules on ObamaCare’s birth-control coverage mandate are out, The Hill’s Elise Viebeck reports.
 
Consumer confidence reaches a post-recession high
Sluggish growth isn't keeping consumers from being bullish on the economy, The Hill’s Erik Wasson reports.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Portman misses chance to change bill
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) declined the opportunity to insert his own language into the new immigration bill and could now be stuck voting for a bill he does not approve of, says Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin.

America must learn from the mistakes of other empires
The National Review's Victor David Hanson thinks the polarized political landscape is reminiscent of the declining Roman Empire, held together only by popular culture.

Republican rumors out of control
Republicans spreading rumors about the new "Obamacar" system are grievously overstating their fears about the new program, according to Asawin Suebsaeng of Mother Jones.

Weiner's impressive comeback 
After an embarrassing social media scandal, Democrat Anthony Weiner is making a strong push to be the next mayor of New York City, reports The Daily Beast's David Freedlander.


OTHER NEWS STORIES:

Senate votes overwhelmingly to end debate on immigration
The Senate decided to end immigration debate today after a 68-32 vote, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton.

Climate change could have some positive effects
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has said that climate change will create many disasters, but it will also help create a large number of new job opportunities, writes The Hill's Ben Geman.

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Immigration Bill doesn't really need Rubio
Allahpundit, of Hot Air, believes Marco Rubio is not contributing to the immigration reform bill as much as he believes he is. 

Stand with Wendy
Wonkblog’s Lydia DePillis believes Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D-TX) filibuster against a Texas abortion bill could serve as an example to keeping future abortion bills from becoming law. 

Congress doesn’t decide what is unconstitutional
Liberals are incorrectly analyzing the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down part of the Voter Rights Act, says Jennifer Rubin of Washington Post’s Right Turn.

“Without equality, there can be no dignity”
Mother Jones’ Erik Kain believes the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA is ultimately in the best interests of the American family. 

OTHER NEWS SOURCES

Dems to push additional protections for gay couples
Democratic lawmakers said they intend to introduce legislation that further protects gay and lesbian couples, believing Wednesday’s ruling of DOMA does not do enough,
reports The Hill’s Mike Lillis

Senate passes 'border surge' amendment to immigration reform
In a 69-29 vote, the Senate passed an amendment for immigration reform that would increase security spending by $30 billion to further secure the border, according to The Hill’s Ramsey Cox. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Snowden: A traitor and a hero
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey says Edward Snowden became a hero by exposing government secrets, but is a traitor for sharing the secrets with other countries.



Sen. Harry Reid is responsible for dysfunctional Senate
The Corner's Andrew Johnson writes that the Senate majority leader's policies are not allowing most bills to make it to the floor for a vote, and it is holding back progress.



IRS targeted liberal groups too
The IRS didn't only target conservative groups, but also liberal groups applying for nonprofit status, according to Mother Jones's Andy Kroll.



Court ruling a lifeline for the GOP
Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall writes that the Supreme Court's decision to knock down the Voting Rights Act gives the GOP a chance to survive on the white vote alone.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Supreme Court overturns crucial portion of Voting Rights Act
The Supreme Court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act that requires states with a history of voter discrimination to receive congressional clearance before changing voting laws, reports The Hill's Sam Baker.



Senate to miss deadline to keep student loans down
The Senate is poised to miss the July 1 deadline to pass legislation that would keep student loans from doubling, writes The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz.

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Pro-life, pro-controversy
After another wave of controversial comments on abortion surfaced Monday, and The American Conservative's W. James Antle III writes on what that means for the pro-life movement.

Obama trip to Africa raises criticism
The Washington Times' Tom Woods commends the President for his planned trip to Africa, but argues that he's going to the wrong places and focusing on the wrong issues there.

Supreme Court avoids answering tough questions
The Plum Line's Jamelle Bouie writes that Monday's Supreme Court ruling didn't address the question of whether affirmative action is constitutional.

A match made in leaker heaven
The Daily Beast's Stuart Stevens digs into the WikiLeaks-Edward Snowden partnership.

OTHER SOURCES:

Sebelius and the NFL in cahoots
The Hill's Sam Baker
reports on how Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is partnering with the NFL promote Obamacare.

Petition to pardon Snowden reaches threshold
A petition on the White House's "We the People" website to pardon Edward Snowden has passed 100,000 signatures, The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports.


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FROM THE BLOGS:

NPR's bro scale needs more diversity

Robert Charette of the Washington Free Beacon critiques an NPR blog post on "What Constitutes Being A Bro."

Immigration, GOP's fresh start?

Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin thinks the passage of immigration reform would push forward a different kind of GOP.

Obama will be forced to bring in big guns over climate issues

The Plum Line's Greg Sargent argues that President Obama may have to use executive action early on in upcoming debates over environmental policy.
 
Can overseers in Congress really be trusted to keep watch?

Mother Jones's David Corn questions GOP House members' ability to provide surveillance oversight.

OTHER SOURCES:

A future of women being drafted a possibility

Fifty-nine percent of Americans think women should be eligible to be drafted, The Hill's Carlo Muñoz reports.

Bill O'Reilly behind Gang of Eight

The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports that Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly endorsed the Gang of Eight's immigration reform proposal on his show Thursday night.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Cruz out of line immigration reform bill
Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin criticizes Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) stance against the immigration reform bill, saying he is working too hard to impress party officials rather than focusing on his constituents.

Military will scrap $7 billion worth of equipment once troops leave Afghanistan
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey thinks the U.S. will benefit from scrapping old military equipment rather than paying to ship it back to the states.

Presidential portraits: A thing of the past?
Wonkblog's Katherine Boyle highlights the high price of professional portraits and questions whether the traditional expenditures are worth it.

NYC mayor increases push for gun control
The Daily Beast's David Freedlander writes that New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I) asked voters to snub officials who voted against gun control in order to gain more support for himself.

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House rejects farm bill
The House's rejection of the farm bill is a blow to House GOP leaders, The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz reports.

Democrats and Tea Party Republicans support bill to limit aid to Syria
Democrats have found an unlikely ally in Tea Party Republicans in an effort to limit U.S. aid to the Syrian rebels, reports The Hill's Julian Pecquet.



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FROM THE BLOGS:

The NSA is ruining its own image

Timothy Lee of The Washington Post’s Wonkblog believes the National Security Agency’s secrecy is more damaging to its surveillance programs than Edward Snowden’s leaks.

Republican voters want Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) support for comprehensive immigration reform could be helping his image among Republican voters, writes Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post’s Right Turn.

Flight companies’ merger is leaving a sour taste

Lawmakers are not happy about a pending merger between American Airlines and US Airways, according to Slate’s Sam Brodey.

Too much power, too fast?

Hot Air’s Allahpundit says he is very skeptical of domestic usage of drones and other intelligence gathering tools. 


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Fed Reserve decides to keep its foot on the gas

The Hill’s Peter Schroeder reports the Federal Reserve will continue pouring money into the economy because of recent signs of improvement.

Cornyn: Senate immigration bill is ‘dead on arrival in the house’

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) believes the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill is doomed in the House, according to The Hill’s Ramsey Cox.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Young voters now available for GOP
In light of recent scandals involving the Obama Administration, Republicans now have the opportunity to alter their platform to cater to younger voters and win back the under-30 vote says Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin.

Rubio's indecisiveness may cost him with voters
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has not yet declared that he will vote for the immigration reform bill that he helped draw up. His last minute change of heart could hurt the bill and his reputation among voters according to the National Review.

Republicans appear in liberal media outlets
The Daily Beast's David Freedlander writes that many Republican lawmakers are trying their hand at more liberal media outlets in an effort to take their message more mainstream.

Until federal government places regulations, drone laws will fall to states
Wonkblog's Timothy B. Lee writes that the lack of national regulations on drones will lead to inconsistent laws being made in each state across the country.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Boehner to adhere to "Hastert Rule" on immigration reform
The Hill's Molly K. Hooper writes that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will not bring the immigration reform bill to a vote in the house without the support of the majority of Republicans.

Push for Clinton's campaign in 2016 begins
Sen. Claire McCaskill became the first politician to publicly support Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 on Tuesday, according to The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe.



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