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  1. GANG OF EIGHT! Senate Passes Immigration Reform J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    1. Senate Passes Immigration Reform

    We knew you could do it! After weeks of debate and failed votes, the Senate passed its immigration reform bill today 68-32—a vote that included 14 Republicans. The 11 million undocumented immigrants who would have a path (albeit it a long one) to citizenship, should the bill become law, shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet, though—it could still fail in the Republican-controlled House. Speaker John Boehner has said he won’t even bring the bill to the floor for a vote. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), an opponent of the bill, said immigration reform was destined for “the ash heap of history,” regardless of its victory in the Senate.

    After Vice President Joe Biden announced that the immigration reform bill had passed, chants of "yes we can!" broke out in the Senate.

    June 27, 2013 4:44 PM

  2. BUH-BYE QVC Latest to Drop Paula Deen Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty

    2. QVC Latest to Drop Paula Deen

    Despite a string of tearful apologies, Paula Deen hasn't been able to prevent her sponsors from running for the door. On Thursday QVC announced it would be dropping Deen from its programming and products. CEO Mike George wrote in a statement online that the company is “troubled by what Paula has acknowledged saying.” Deen responded on her blog that she has “some important things to work on right now, both personally and professionally.” The Food Network, Target, Walmart, and other former partners have already dropped Deen. But all is not lost, Paula. George describes the separation as “a pause” and notes that “people deserve second chances.”

    June 27, 2013 9:09 PM

  3. too young to retire Senate Gives Up on Long-Term Unemployed M. Spencer Green/AP

    3. Senate Gives Up on Long-Term Unemployed

    While the overall unemployment rate is steadily dropping, there are still a shocking five million people in the ranks of the long-term unemployed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics show short-term unemployment numbers are on par with 2007, but there are 257 percent more long-term unemployed. Legislation in Washington has been proposed, but not passed, despite a growing pool of job applicants who describe themselves as "too young to retire, too old to get hired." To make things even worse, a new survey shows only 10 percent think the government should hire the long-term unemployed, while 34 percent believe nothing at all should be done. Where's your sympathy, America?

    June 27, 2013 8:36 PM

  4. NEW JERSEY SASS Christie: I’d Veto Same-Sex Bill Mel Evans/AP

    4. Christie: I’d Veto Same-Sex Bill

    This could put a strain on BFFs President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie announced he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it got to his desk, and noted that the recent Supreme Court ruling striking a ban on federal benefits for same-sex marriage won't impact New Jersey, which allows civil unions. "It's just another example of judicial supremacy rather than having a government run by the people we actually vote for," he said in an interview. "I thought it was a bad decision, but it has no effect on New Jersey at all so we move from here." Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey plan to file a motion next week in an attempt to force the state to recognize same-sex marriage in light of the top court's ruling.

    June 27, 2013 8:51 PM

  5. BOSTON BOMBING Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted FBI Handout via Reuters

    5. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted Thursday on 30 charges associated with his alleged involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing—an attack that led to four deaths and more than 260 injuries. The charges, 17 of which carry the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty, range from using weapons of mass destruction to murder. The indictment reveals the text of a note allegedly left by Dzhokhar in the boat where he was eventually captured: “The US Government is killing our innocent civilians. I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. We Muslims are one body, you hurt one, you hurt us all,” it reads.

    Carmen Ortiz, the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, gave a press conference today announcing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's indictment.

    June 27, 2013 2:22 PM

  6. WERK Clinton: ‘Leap of Faith’ to Have Female Prez Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    6. Clinton: ‘Leap of Faith’ to Have Female Prez

    In Toronto last week, Hillary Clinton not only sparked further speculation about her run at the presidency, but also encouraged listeners to elect more women in politics and for more women to get involved. Electing a female president, for instance, would take a “leap of faith” from Americans, she said. Clinton encouraged women to “dare to compete” and step up in the political word. Forbes notes the presence of women in the world in political power positions is reassuring for what could happen in the United States. Currently in the U.S., women have the all-time highest representation in the Senate, as well as a female minority speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. 

    June 27, 2013 11:16 AM

  7. TO THE TOP Ex–Pentagon General Under Investigation Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

    7. Ex–Pentagon General Under Investigation

    Could the second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military be the source of a leak regarding the secret U.S. cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program? The Justice Department is investigating retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who served as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 2007 and 2011, according to NBC News. Last year The New York Times released a story describing the operation, which began under President Bush and escalated under Obama. In 2010 a virus released by the program temporarily disabled 1,000 Iranian centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

    June 27, 2013 6:50 PM

  8. peacekeeping McDonald’s Boycotts West Bank Settlement Rainer Jensen/DPA/Landov

    8. McDonald’s Boycotts West Bank Settlement

    In an unexpected move, McDonald’s took a decisive stand on Israel’s West Bank settlements when it refused to open a branch in a planned mall in the Ariel settlement. The owner of McDonald’s Israel has a policy of not building in the occupied territories, said a spokesperson. The move was apparently not coordinated with the organization’s headquarters. The franchise’s decision has sparked backlash from the mall owners, settlers, and politicians. “McDonald’s has gone from being a for-profit company to an organization with an anti-Israeli political agenda,” a leader of a settler group said. The mall’s owner says Burger King has expressed interest, but a spokesperson for the company denied the claim.

    June 27, 2013 3:58 PM

  9. Trouble CFTC Sues Corzine Alex Wong / Getty Images

    9. CFTC Sues Corzine

    After two years of investigation, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission is suing Jon Corzine, ex-chairman and CEO of MF Global. Edith O’Brien, another senior executive, as well as the company itself, will also face charges. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor and a former senator, is facing charges that include a failure to supervise and misuse of funds. The CFTC may also seek disgorgement and restitution for the many millions of dollars that “disappeared” as the result of bad bets made by Corzine. If the prosecution prevails, both Corzine and O’Brien will be banned forever from futures trading.

    June 27, 2013 3:10 PM

  10. NFL SCANDAL Hernandez Set to Appear in Court Pool photo by Mike George, via AP

    10. Hernandez Set to Appear in Court

    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will appear in court Thursday to appeal a judge’s order that he be held without bail—after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of his friend Odin Lloyd. The case against Hernandez was based, in part, on the victim’s final text messages. At 3:07 a.m. on June 17, Lloyd texted his sister, “Did you see who I was with?” When she asked, “Who?” He replied, “NFL. Just so you know.” Roughly 16 minutes after sending that first text, Lloyd was shot to death in what prosecutors are arguing was an “execution-style shooting,” orchestrated by Hernandez. A judge handed the 23-year-old football player—who was cut from his team merely hours after his arrest—five weapons charges Wednesday on top of a murder charge. If convicted, he may face life in prison.

    June 27, 2013 11:00 AM

  11. Chatty Cathy Sean Parker Writes Wedding Essay Michael Buckner / Getty Images

    11. Sean Parker Writes Wedding Essay

    Every newlywed gushes about their big day. But only one writes a 9,400-word essay. Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and founding president of Facebook, recapped his wedding in a lengthy piece that was posted Thursday on TechCrunch. The essay defends his much-ridiculed ceremony, which is rumored to have cost $10 million and was Game of Thrones–themed. Among (many) other things, Parker says his wedding did not harm the environment and decries the fact that only one reporter contacted him for comment about the glut of press the ceremony received.

    June 27, 2013 2:47 PM

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  13. UM, WHAT? Rick Perry Attacks Wendy Davis Erich Schlegel/Getty, Eric Gay/AP

    12. Rick Perry Attacks Wendy Davis

    Did Rick Perry not get the memo that he should be taking State Sen. Wendy Davis seriously? The Texas governor on Thursday tried to knock down Davis, who staged a 13-hour filibuster on Tuesday night to kill a restrictive abortion bill that Perry has vowed to sign. At the National Right to Life conference on Thursday, Perry launched into a description of Davis, saying she was “the daughter of a single woman” and a “teenage mother herself” but still graduated from Harvard Law School. As if that isn’t passive-aggressively insulting in itself, get ready for what followed. “It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.” Davis quickly responded to Perry, saying “Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the office he holds.” Perry has called for a special legislative session on Monday to pass the abortion bill.

    June 27, 2013 12:18 PM

  14. SCRAMBLIN’ JETS Obama Not Stressing Over Snowden Kin Cheung/AP

    13. Obama Not Stressing Over Snowden

    The media might be obsessed with leaker Edward Snowden, but President Obama isn’t stressing. Speaking in Senegal, Obama dismissed the whistleblower’s importance to the administration, saying he hadn’t attempted any deals with Russia or China for his return and that he was “not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.” Obama went on to assert that the programs are legal and have proper oversight. Bruised pride aside, looks like Snowden, reportedly still hiding out in a Moscow airport waiting to make his escape to Ecuador, can rest a little easier.

    June 27, 2013 9:30 AM

  15. Votes Davis for Governor? Erich Schlegel/Getty

    14. Davis for Governor?

    Wendy Davis, the Texas senator and newly minted feminist superstar, has suggested that she might run for governor in 2014. For some Democrats that’s a thrilling prospect, but veteran Texas political journalist Wayne Slater suggests that she doesn’t have much of a chance. State Democrats know they have little shot in the next election, he writes, and instead are looking toward 2018 or 2020, “hoping that the booming Hispanic population yields gains.” Meanwhile, Slater writes, while the fallout from the GOP’s failure to pass its omnibus abortion bill will hurt Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, his most significant challenges come from the right. He’s facing two conservative opponents in next year’s primary, both of whom hit him for not forcing the abortion bill through. One sent out an online appeal blasting his inability to quell “a rude, unruly mob,” saying he “needs to either dismount or be thrown from the saddle.” If Democrats gain anything from this fight, it’s likely to be at the national level. “The war on women thing hurt Romney, hurt the party,” a Republican consultant tells Slater. “But I don’t think it’s hurt us much in Texas.”

    June 27, 2013 3:00 PM

  16. GAME, SET, MATCH Djokovic Advances at Wimbledon BEN STANSALL / AFP

    15. Djokovic Advances at Wimbledon

    That’s more like it! Already this week, Wimbledon has seen Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Maria Sharapova bow out to early-round losses—but men’s top-seed Novak Djokovic reestablished order in the tennis world, at least for now, with an easy victory Thursday evening in London. He beat American Bobby Reynolds 7–6 (7–2), 6–3, 6–1 to advance to the third round. Reynolds was the last American man standing. The road to the final is looking easier for Djokovic, who should still expect to be challenged by Andy Murray—on whom Britain’s hopes are pinned each year. Djokovic and second-seeded Murray seem to be on a crash course toward the final. But any sports fan knows not to count the chickens before they hatch—this is just the kind of field in which a newcomer could emerge and surprise us all.

    June 27, 2013 3:38 PM

  17. New Rules Google: Bloggers Can’t Profit from Porn

    16. Google: Bloggers Can’t Profit from Porn

    Google has long turned a blind eye to the adult-themed (a.k.a. porny) content of some Blogger sites, but the blogging service’s parent company has decided that, while posting explicit content is fine, making money off it is crossing some sort of line. So the Internet behemoth has decided to change its terms of services, notifying all administrators of steamy-themed blogs that they better remove their pornographic ads or Google will do it for them. Blogger users unwilling to give up their adult advertisements won’t be forced to compromise, however, as Tumblr’s new owner, Yahoo, has already made clear that it welcomes pornographic content with open arms. Perhaps the first reader comment on the news report of Google’s new policy sheds some light on the old-school Blogger’s standing among the hip, new world of blogging sites: “I didn’t know Blogger was used for anything other than porn, lol.”

    June 27, 2013 11:51 AM

  18. Tsk Tsk Tammy Duckworth Blasts VA Scammer Bennett Raglin / Getty Images

    17. Tammy Duckworth Blasts VA Scammer

    Hell hath no fury like Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth—a U.S. Democratic representative, Iraq war veteran, and double amputee—launched a searing monologue against an IRS contractor who she says has been taking advantage of the Veterans Affairs system to receive benefits. Braulio Castillo has been using a foot injury suffered 27 years ago while at a military prep school—so, basically, a high school sports injury—to attain disabled-veteran status and receive a monthly check. “I’m sorry that twisting your ankle in high school has now come back to hurt you in such a painful way,” Duckworth said, among a series of epic burns.

    June 27, 2013 11:52 AM

  19. Leapin’ Lizards Cameron Diaz Cast in ‘Annie’ Dimitrios Kambouris

    18. Cameron Diaz Cast in ‘Annie’

    Life’s not so hard-knocked for Cameron Diaz. The actress has just been cast in the upcoming remake of the musical Annie. She’ll play the dastardly orphanage proprietor, Miss Hannigan, opposite Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis, who will play Annie. Annie debuted on Broadway in 1977 (a revival is currently playing on the Great White Way starring Glee’s Jane Lynch) and became a hit feature film in 1982 with Carol Burnett playing Miss Hannigan. We’re all hoping that Diaz’s singing voice is better than what she showed off in the infamous karaoke scene from My Best Friend’s Wedding.

    June 27, 2013 11:09 AM

  20. APOLLO G’S PayPal to Launch In-Space Payment Manu Fernandez/AP

    19. PayPal to Launch In-Space Payment

    Everyone can finally stop stressing out about how we’ll be able to pay for things once space travel becomes a thing, because PayPal has a plan. The online payment service has created the PayPal Galactic project “to help make universal space payments a reality.” It might sound like PayPal is getting a little ahead of itself, but the first space hotel is in the works to begin orbiting the planet in the next few years, and it’s not like food and souvenirs are just going to become free once you exit Earth’s atmosphere. “Space tourism is opening up to all of us in the next decade or so, and we want to make sure that PayPal is the preferred way to pay from space and in space,” announced PayPal president David Marcus.

    June 27, 2013 7:34 AM

  21. GAY MARRIAGE Wedding Bells on ‘Modern Family’? Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Entertainment

    20. Wedding Bells on ‘Modern Family’?

    Wait, Cam and Mitchell aren’t married? With civil unions once again legal in California following the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling on Wednesday, Modern Family might have a wedding. Gay couple Cam and Mitchell have not yet had an on-screen commitment ceremony, but now with the opportunity for an actual legal bond in their state of residence, the show’s co-creator David Lloyd won’t rule it out. “It’s certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn’t have in prior seasons,” he told EW. A gay wedding would be “pretty tempting,” Lloyd said. The show’s fifth season begins in the fall, and only time will tell if other shows might follow suit, if this Modern wedding happens.

    June 27, 2013 12:41 PM

  22. IN MEMORIAM James Gandolfini’s Funeral in NYC Thursday Richard Shotwell/AP

    21. James Gandolfini’s Funeral in NYC Thursday

    The memorials for James Gandolfini have begun. As Broadway theaters dimmed the lights of their marquees in honor of the Tony nominee, close family and friends gathered at an invitation-only wake for the actor at a funeral home in Park Ridge, New Jersey, Wednesday. Gandolfini’s official funeral will take place Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. The Sopranos star was 51 years old when he died in Italy last week.

    June 27, 2013 7:43 AM

  23. BUSTED Mail-Order Brides Rescued Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

    22. Mail-Order Brides Rescued

    Police in the Philippines busted a large mail-order bride ring, releasing 29 women and arresting four local men and two South Koreans. Police received a tip from a victim and raided a house near Manila, finding girls as young as 16 being kept as brides. The women were promised a marriage to a wealthy South Korean man, with the money going to their families, but often ended up in abusive relationships with the ringleaders taking in all the profit, officials say. Poverty has forced many women to seek work abroad or find a foreign husband; an estimated 10,000 Filipino women are married to South Koreans. 

    June 27, 2013 12:00 PM

  24. MURDER MYSTERY  Brothers Found Dead at Grandparents’ House Keith Srakocic/AP

    23. Brothers Found Dead at Grandparents’ House

    Two brothers, ages 9 and 12, were found shot to death in an upstairs bedroom at their grandparents’ home in Jackson, Ohio, Thursday. There are very few details available about what exactly happened, and it is still unclear whether there was anyone else in the house, which is about 75 miles south of Columbus. “That’s crazy to think two young boys are dead, and no one knows anything about it,” said neighbor Michael Hatley. Ohio police are investigating.

    June 27, 2013 7:32 AM

  25. LET’S GET ALONG Kerry Revives Mideast Peace Talks Pool photo by Fadi Arouri, via AP

    24. Kerry Revives Mideast Peace Talks

    John Kerry is back in the Middle East and he’s not leaving until there’s peace. Well, at least he’s going to try. The U.S. secretary of State will meet with leaders in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel over the next few days in hopes of reviving peace talks between the latter two. Kerry’s already encountered one setback, however, as his arrival in Jordan coincided with the news that Israel had just approved construction of 69 more housing units on an East Jerusalem settlement. “Obviously steps like this are unhelpful, but we remain hopeful that both parties will recognize the opportunity and the necessity to go back to the table,” said the State Department.

    June 27, 2013 6:32 AM

  26. Not So Fast, Davis Perry Announces Special Session Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty Images

    25. Perry Announces Special Session

    For 13 hours last night, Texas State Rep. Wendy Davis filibustered legislation that would close almost all of Texas's abortion clinics, but next Monday it may all have been for naught. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, expressing a desire to “protect women and the unborn,” has announced that the legislature will hold a special session on July 1. Noting that “too much important work remains undone,” Perry said, “We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.” The session will consider the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities, along with infrastructure funding, and a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old.

    June 26, 2013 5:18 PM

  27. Supply Chain Fighting the Good Fight Oli Scarff/Getty Images

    26. Fighting the Good Fight

    It’s a great moment for global family planning—especially since Melinda Gates has thrown her support behind the cause. One of the many organizations improving access for women in the developing world is WomanCare Global, a group focused on finding an economically sustainable fix to the supply chain. Their efforts help women buy affordable products for short-term and long-term contraception in countries where condoms are available but IUDs and injections are prohibitively expensive. They also distribute Softcup, a reusable feminine-hygiene product that allows children in countries like Kenya to continue to go to school even when they can’t afford pads and tampons.

    June 27, 2013 11:21 AM

  28. AFRICA TRIP Obama: Mandela Is a ‘Hero’ Rebecca Blackwell/AP

    27. Obama: Mandela Is a ‘Hero’

    While in Senegal for a trip focused on the African country’s move toward democracy, President Obama offered up prayers for Nelson Mandela, who remains in critical condition. Obama called the anti-apartheid leader a personal inspiration and also a “hero for the world.” The president’s trip to Africa has been overshadowed by the sudden decline in Nelson Mandela’s health. Immediately after he arrived Thursday, South African President Jacob Zuma canceled a trip to Mozambique in order to stay nearby his country’s beloved civil rights leader. According to local news reports, over the past 48 hours Mandela’s condition has “gone down,” but granddaughter Ndileka told reporters outside the Pretoria hospital that his condition remains stable.

    June 27, 2013 12:00 PM

  29. ASKED FOR IT Snowden Said Leakers Should Be Shot Getty Images

    28. Snowden Said Leakers Should Be Shot

    Edward Snowden should consider himself lucky that the America he's fleeing doesn't punish leakers in the manner he suggested during an online chat in 2009. "Those people should be shot in the balls," Snowden said about anonymous sources in a New York Times story about U.S. plans to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. The now-famous leaker, using the handle TheTrueHOOHA, went on further to assert it was unethical for the paper of record to report on issues of national security, saying, "that shit is classified for a reason." Guess he had a change of heart?

    June 26, 2013 3:26 PM

  30. STOP AND FRISK NO MORE NYC to Create Police Watchdog Colleen Long/AP

    29. NYC to Create Police Watchdog

    The New York Police Department may have gotten a bit too big for its already extra large britches in recent years, what with all the stopping and frisking and reports of surveillance programs targeted at Muslims, so the New York City council has decided to take matters into its own hands and rein the cops in. The City Council voted Thursday to create an independent police watchdog in order to crack down on racial profiling. “New Yorkers know that we can keep our city safe from crime and terrorism without profiling our neighbors,” said Councilman Brad Lander, who, along with fellow Councilman Jumaane Williams, got the watchdog plan off the ground.

    June 27, 2013 6:36 AM

  31. DECRIMINALIZE IT Barney Frank Wants to Legalize Heroin Elaine Thompson/AP

    30. Barney Frank Wants to Legalize Heroin

    No, Barney Frank isn’t just on a high from the Supreme Court’s DOMA repeal, and he hasn’t taken up heroin since retiring from the House, but the former Democratic Representative is ready to make the case—in a new book he's writing—that Congress could afford for more social services if it decriminalized drugs. Frank has made this argument before with regards to marijuana, but he’s not just concerned about pot. When it comes to drugs, “if it affects me, [it’s] none of your business,” Frank explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. “My question is are there drugs that have a very good likelihood of making me misbehave towards others? I do not believe heroin is in that category. What makes people misbehave is the need to steal money to buy heroin.” When it comes to cocaine, however, “let’s just cut through the bullshit,” he said. “There are a lot of high functioning people in this society on cocaine. Cocaine is the rich people’s drug. That’s just silly.”

    June 27, 2013 7:04 AM