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Here’s some stuff to read:

The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas abortion clinics that would have to close under a new law can stay open until the court can decide whether to accept the case.

The Supreme Court also ruled that even cruel executions are not “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Obama’s week to remember in perspective.

“So what’s with all the torn-between-two-Muslim-daddies psychobabble about Obama?”

Things to know about Puerto Rico and how broke it is.

Paul Krugman (unsurprisingly) writes that Greece should be ready to leave the Euro.

James Fallows has a great analysis of the president’s eulogy of Reverend Clementa Pinckney.

Here’s an amazing 800-song, 55-hour chronological playlist of great 1990s songs.

Why tomorrow will be a second longer.

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The Supreme Court ruled predictably this morning in the Obamacare case, finding that what the law meant trumps what the law said. Key line from Chief Justice Roberts’s decision: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.” Here’s Lyle’s coverage at SCOTUSBlog, and Amy’s plain English coverage.

The decision wasn’t just a victory for the Obama administration; it also saved Republicans a good amount of heartburn.

Bloomberg’s got a great graphic feature on what is causing global temperatures to climb.

The National Park Service is going to stop selling Confederate flag shwag at National Parks, a reversal of a really weird thing I saw once.

Who’s running for president? WSJ is on it.

Where the lazy people live.

What does it take to be truly American?

The Navy is paying $9 million to still use Windows XP.

Here’s Dutch handshakes:

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The Senate passed a bill today giving the Obama administration fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals, a big priority for President Obama. So, not only did the Senate and House pass a big bill. but it’s one that the president wanted. Pretty wild world.

The Dutch court ordered the government to cut carbon emissions by 25% to protect its citizens from global climate change.

Our long national nightmare of squeezable mayonnaise is coming to an end.

Iceland ranked most peaceful country on Earth. The U.S. is 94th.

Three quarters of low-income college students have no savings or cash on hand, a jump from 60% five years ago.

The price of rent is only going to get worse.

Now, come for the links, stay for the Game of Thrones Super Mario World opening:

Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Good morning, everybody. Channing Tatum hated GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Now, your morning constitutional:

President Obama’s months-long push for a Pacific Rim trade deal is approaching success as Congress is set to pass legislation allowing the administration to negotiate a trade deal and fast-track the deal through Congress.

Files leaked by Edward Snowden describe the process used to target terrorists with drone strikes and how things go wrong.

France has summoned the U.S. envoy in Paris over claims reported by Wikileaks that the U.S. spied on French presidents between 2006-2012.

Islamic State militants have allegedly destroyed two mausoleums in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, according to Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Syrian Antiquities and Museums Department.

At least 749 have been killed by a heat wave in Pakistan that is being called the worst in a decade.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to announce his bid for the Republican nomination for president on Wednesday, becoming the 13th announced candidate.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker set to sign a bill on Wednesday easing gun regulations in Wisconsin.

Why Republicans had to stop pandering over the Confederate flag.

More Americans are renting instead of owning their homes, even as rents are increasing.

Since 9/11, nearly twice as many Americans have been killed by white supremacists and other non-Muslim extremists than by Jihadists.

New York City has granted historic landmark status to the Stonewall Inn, the site of the 1969 police raid and ensuing riot that started the LGBT rights movement.

CJR with a thoughtful piece on Tiger Beat on the Potomac.

Finally, Omaha man says he tried to join the Islamic State because the Humane Society took his cat away.

Morning Constitutional – Monday, 22 June 2015

Good morning, everybody. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to have a baby boy. Now, your morning constitutional:

An investigation by the United Nations found that Israel and Palestinians committed “serious violations of international humanitarian law” that may amount to war crimes.

The European Union launched a naval operation Monday in hopes of stopping human traffickers from bringing migrants from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.

Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament Monday; security forces were able to stop the attack and killed all seven gunmen.

Greece offered a new plan to creditors Monday in hopes of achieving a deal to avert a default.

Nearly 150 people died of heatstroke in Karachi as temperatures rose to 113 degrees amid a power outage.

Republicans running for office not taking a strong stance on whether South Carolina should take down its Confederate flag so as not to alienate their racist supporters.

Earl Holt, the leader of a white supremacy group linked to Dylann Roof, donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates such as Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

The silver bullet to create a progressive South doesn’t exist.

Florida: A case study in Democratic electoral failure.

Tent cities: Seattle’s unusual approach to homelessness.

Recycling is in trouble, and that blue bin outside is part of the reason why.

U.K. Lord Chancellor Michael Gove instructed civil servants to not use “impact” as a verb.

Finally, naked man runs through Walmart, pours milk on self.

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Look, we really don’t care about some random woman in Washington, no matter how much the news wants us to. Here’s some other things to read:

Today’s BFD: The California Labor Commission ruled today that an Uber driver is an employee.

Today’s must -read: The LA Times has a pretty stellar online feature on San Bernardino, California, America’s most famously failed city.

Texas is going to create a gold depository to rival Fort Knox or the New York Federal Reserve.

AT&T was fined $100 million by the FCC for throttling data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans.

Here’s a playlist of songs that politicians have used to the chagrin of the songs’ artists.

Donald Trump paid actors to attend his campaign announcement.

Why flamingos are the most successful animals at breaking out of zoos.

LeBron James isn’t only probably the best NBA player in the game, he also almost never gets injured and played more minutes since 2005 than any other player.

Finally, here’s Clint Dempsey grabbing the referee’s notepad and ripping it up, earning himself a red card and a possible suspension:

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Here’s some stuff to read to end the day out.

Reuters released a report on how people consume news online. It’s chock full of good stuff. CJR has some insights, mainly that  lots of readers are blocking ads.

Russian President Vladmir Putin announced Tuesday that Russia will add 40 missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year in retaliation for U.S. plans to station tanks and weapons in NATO countries bordering Russia.

Egypt’s high court up held Morsi’s death penalty Tuesday, but it’s not a complete certainty that he’ll be put to death.

The Donald. His party pretty much hates him, though.

Why you probably shouldn’t trust what he has said so far about his net worth.

The FDA is moving to ban trans fats nationally.

People have no idea what the Supreme Court case about the Affordable Care Act is all about. Republicans plan to take advantage of that.

How the Obama administration used tech to change how the government works.

NASA shows how the world is running out of water.

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New York Times Columnist Line of the Day

If you frequent this here premier “web log,” there’s a good chance you may once or twice have read the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Someday I wish I could do this column on a day that David Brooks is not writing. Unfortunately, I’m not that lucky. Today’s is from, yup, David Brooks, who in his column today, “The Democratic Tea Party” (groan, eye roll, lights self on fire), writes:

As various people have noted, the Democratic vote last week was a miniversion of the effort to destroy the League of Nations after World War I.

First of all, New York Times, miniversion is not a word; I don’t care what your style guide says. Secondly, who are these various people? That’s a dumb thing for various people not named David Brooks to have noted.

Finally, on the subject of David Brooks, he should be fired for making shit up.