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Morning Maddow: June 26

TX Democrats, led by Sen. Wendy Davis, defeat abortion legislation. (for Will Femia's excellent blow-by-blow of what happened after we went off the air last night, go here.)

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst blames an "unruly mob using Occupy Wall Street tactics" for the defeat.

Today is the day for Supreme Court decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA. For SCOTUSblog summaries of the cases, go here for Prop 8 and here for DOMA.

And here is Rick Hasen (in the NY Times) on how Chief Justice Roberts dismantled the Voting Rights Act.

Pres. Obama leaves for Dakar, Senegal today. (And is it just me, or does anyone else here love how Ofeibea Quist-Arcton of NPR says "Dakar?" Oh, look, it's not just me.)

In other Texas news, the state is set to execute its 500th prisoner.

Add a $6,500 Rolex to the list of pricey gifts allegedly given to VA Gov. Bob McDonnell and/or his family.