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Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

President Obama says he's “disappointed” with the Supreme Court decision invalidating part of the Voting Rights Act that relies on irrelevant 50-year-old discrimination data to allow the federal government to ride herd over the states' electoral processes. And Mr. Obama fancies himself a “constitutional scholar”? ... Ever the race-baiters, the Democratic National Committee quickly exploited the high court's voting rights ruling in a fundraising appeal. And it was hardly tacit in implying a return to the days of black voters being subjected to “beatings, fire hoses and dogs.” That's despicable. ... The White House is out with its new climate-control plan. And one of Barack Obama's top climate advisers minced no words in The New York Times as to what it's all about: “Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they're (sic) having a war on coal,” said Daniel P. Schrag. “On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what's needed.” Nothing like the federal government declaring war on the coal states. We can't imagine this president ever setting foot again in the likes of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio or Kentucky, can you? ... National Review says John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (and a regular Trib columnist), “is being encouraged by several leading conservative power brokers to consider a presidential bid.” Adds NR's Robert Costa, “Bolton is, without a doubt, looking to be a player.” Stay tuned.

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