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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
AP Wire
Jun 26, 2013

1. 'NYET' ON TURNING OVER SNOWDEN

Putin gives the first official acknowledgment of the whereabouts of NSA leaker Edward Snowden — and promptly rejects U.S. pleas to turn him over.

2. SUPREME COURT CURBS 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Southern states cheer and the White House jeers as a divided court tosses a key provision of the landmark legislation.

3. HOW THE ARMY IS SCALING BACK

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end, military leaders say at least 12 combat brigades will be eliminated as the service moves to cut 80,000 troops.

4. WITNESS TO A TALIBAN ATTACK

AP journalist Rahim Faiez describes how a quiet spot outside the presidential palace in Kabul became, in a flash, a combat zone.

5. RULES MADE IT ROUGH FOR LAWMAKER

A state senator filibustering new abortion restrictions in Texas had to remain standing for hours and was prohibited from leaning on her desk or taking breaks.

6. CROWDS SOUND A SOUR NOTE AT HOMECOMING

Thousands of Palestinians wait in scorching heat for their new symbol of unity, "Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf — but the flags they wave show divisions persist.

7. WHO'S RUSHING TO HELP GEORGE ZIMMER

Shoppers could determine what happens next in the battle between Men's Wearhouse and the ousted pitchman, as they take to social media to threaten boycotts.

8. MILLION DIDN'T MAKE IT

The FBI is investigating the disappearance of $1.2 million from bank cash shipped from Switzerland to New York City.

9. WHERE PAULA DEEN STUMBLED IN HANDLING HER PREDICAMENT

"One of the first rules of crisis is to apologize thoroughly and completely and immediately," one PR expert says. "She didn't follow Crisis 101."

10. PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT: YOU

If you're not taking "selfies," there's a good chance you're enjoying others' raunchy, goofy, poignant, sexy or drunken self-portraits.

 

Comments

Lanivan

2. Once and again, the politicized Roberts Court demonstrates activism with another 5-4 decision to strike down the enforcement formula of the Voting Rights Act. The Court has now turned it over to our incompetent, sclerotic Congress to re-formulate. What a blast watching that little exercise in democracy and voting rights for all.

And, again, Justice Ginsburg shows herself to be a tower of intellect with her dissent.

Vladtheimp

Ah, how like a liberal to fail to grasp the fact that the Court kept the proscriptions against discrimination in place but recognized that things have changed, as demonstrated by the facts cited in the decision, which apparently were not read by the liberals in our midst. How perfectly hypocritical for a liberal to want to cling to the past, which is one of their principal gripes against Conservatives, and now denying that the Constitution is a living document. How typical of Liberals to fail to understand that the Voting Rights Act was an extreme solution to a problem that trampled over the equality of states and the authority of states in our federal system. How ignorant to not understand that the original enforcement was to last for 5 years in recognition of the extremity of the remedy, and that the incompetent, sclerotic Congress failed to tailor the remedy to current circumstances, even though the Court had warned them over a year ago that it was likely the remedy was now unconstitutional.

Lanivan

Be careful! You're teetering on the top of your high horse, just about ready to be hoisted by your own petard. Could you be any more saaarrrrccasticccc? The Gang of 5 pretended to send the law back to Congress for tweaking, under 'forced' duress from Congress, and that voting discrimination is but a figment of the imagination, a thing of the past, proof that the VRA has worked like a charm.

Congress avoided the issue in 2006 because it was politically unpalatable then, and the polarized Congress currently in session will never agree upon a new list of states.

The Roberts Court once and again choose the broad road, when a narrow one would have done the trick - repeating the old Citizen's United trick. The states are now free of the constraints of Section 5. Perhaps this abortion will energize the populous come 2014/2016.

And what unmitigated gall you have to even utter the word 'Constitution' after your Starbucks-like screed regarding the striking down of DOMA.

rukidding

Now now, play nice and try not to hurt the brain diminished judge's feelings.

Lanivan

Just to be clear, I was sincere regarding Justice Ginsburg - she is a brilliant, fine judge and woman. As for brain diminishment, I do wonder if the 5 judges are counting on that among the populace they serve.

Wingmaster

She looks like the wicked witch of the west!

Lanivan

Read about her - she's remarkable. And as for looks, she was quite the babe in the early years. Of course, Mich McConnell is handsome as all get-out, if you like turtles, and Justice Scalia looks like a Tenor Diva past his prime.

Vladtheimp

I used to think that you viewed the world through rose colored glasses - I now realize the glasses are supplemented by a cane and dog. I suppose Hillary was the spitting image of Brigette Bardot in her college days. Some things can't be unseen.

Lanivan

How wonderful for you that, at your age which you have shared with readers, you apparently look like a Greek god. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think Justice Ginsburg is an extraordinary woman with a top-notch mind - and I note this was a point you did not debate, a wise decision on your part. Alito, on the other hand, has major respect issues, an overabundance of hubris and ego, not to mention a serious lack of etiquette. Shaking his head, rolling his eyes, and looking at the ceiling while Ginsburg read the dissent is beyond the pale....especially when he acted out similarly during Obama's SotUA.

So....Brigette Bardot, eh?

Wingmaster

I think I'm going to drink some bleach now to wash these nasty images out of my head!

bigdeal

At least we can all still vote on American Idol!!

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