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7:35 PM ET, June 4, 2013

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Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Republicans Fuming Over Chris Christie's Senate Decision  —  The New Jersey governor's decision to hold the Senate race in October 2013 means it will be difficult for the GOP to contest the seat.  —  Republicans are fuming over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to hold …
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Politico:
Christie slammed over special election  —  Democrats and Republicans alike are criticizing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to call an Oct. 16 special general election to fill the seat of late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.  —  The Republican said his decision was dictated …
Discussion: CNN, The Fix, Business Insider and The Week
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Christie Likely to Announce Dates of Special Election
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pallone tells NJ Dem congressman he's running for Senate
Discussion: Politico
Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
Chris Christie: Special Election To Be Held In October For Frank Lautenberg's Seat
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Erick Erickson Shows Everything That's Wrong With The GOP  —  Conservative pundit Erick Erickson doesn't like me.  This morning he wrote 900 words about why.  —  But the main thing his post reveals is what's wrong with Erickson - and with a Republican party that is built to appeal to people like Erickson.
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
On Conservative Reformers  —  There is a lot of back and forth chatter going on right now in the DC-NYC corridor about conservative reform.  This is problematic because the people talking about reform are in Washington and New York, the two places least likely to lead any version of conservative reform.
Jack Gillum / Associated Press:
Emails of top Obama appointees remain a mystery  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes …
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bush Administration Appointees Also Used ‘Secret E-mail Addresses’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House spokesman downplays secret email accounts report
Discussion: Politico and E2-Wire
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Picks 3 for Top Appeals Court, Setting Up Battle  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama set a confrontation with Senate Republicans in motion on Tuesday morning by naming a slate of judges to a top appeals court and daring his rivals to block their confirmations.
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Corey Boles / Washington Wire:   Judge Nominations Likely to Move Slowly
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid says immigration bill on floor next week
Valerie Strauss / The Answer Sheet:
Mississippi governor: Educational troubles began when ‘mom is in the workplace’ — VIDEO  —  Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said Tuesday that America's educational troubles began when women began working outside the home in large numbers.  —  Bryant was participating in a Washington Post Live event focused …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Military brass oppose removing sexual assault cases from chain of command  —  Military leaders on Tuesday expressed unified opposition to stripping commanders of the power to decide where sexual assault cases are prosecuted.  —  In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee …
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Stacy Kaper / NationalJournal.com:
Sandra Fluke Redux? Senate Stacks the Deck Against Reformers in Sexual Assaults Crisis
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Yahoo! News
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Chambliss blames military rapes on ‘the hormone level created by nature’  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Tuesday suggested that the “hormone level created by nature” was to blame for rapes in the military and that all pregnant servicewomen should be investigated to make sure their condition was the result of consensual sex.
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The Caucus:
Gallup Identifies Factors That Led to Its G.O.P. Skew in November  —  The Gallup Organization has identified a series of factors that contributed to its overestimation of support for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, including problems with its survey sample and methodology …
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gallup overhauls polls after 2012 failure
Discussion: NationalJournal.com, CNN and Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bob Woodward criticizes IRS ‘fiction’  —  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward says the Obama administration has explaining to do on the IRS scandal and needs to answer questions about who knew what, when.  —  “This fiction that somehow [The IRS is] totally an independent agency is absurd,” …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Accuse first and ask questions later
The Daily Beast:
John McCain's Surprising Toast at Kissinger's 90th Birthday Party  —  At Henry Kissinger's 90th birthday party, the assembled VIP guests learned a piece of the past shared by the imprisoned Navy pilot and Nixon's secretary of state.  —  Henry Kissinger's 90th birthday party on Monday night …
Ben Senger / KPTV-TV:
‘All kinds of goodies’ stolen by sex toy thief  —  A thief broke into multiple cars in the Bluff neighborhood of Sandy and stole some items rarely seen in police reports: sex toys.  —  Sandy police said there are at least five victims, but one woman had the most embarrassing police report.
Fox News:
Conservative group claims it has proof IRS leaked donor list  —  The chairman of an anti-gay marriage group testified Tuesday that his organization has proof that the IRS leaked confidential donor details last year, calling for prosecution into what he described as a “felony.”
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Is Obama waging psychological warfare on Americans?  —  I believe that the Obama administration is conducting psychological warfare on conservative Americans.  Not only that but it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Trade Nominee Holds $500,000 in Cayman Islands  —  WASHINGTON — Michael Froman, a longtime White House economic aide nominated to be President Obama's trade representative, holds close to $500,000 in the Cayman Islands and received millions of dollars to divest himself from Wall Street accounts …
The Atlantic Wire:
The Latest Navy SEAL Book Could Impact the Military's Transgender Rules  —  In every Navy SEAL is a memoir, it seems lately.  Retired SEAL Kristin Beck's new memoir, published on Tuesday and titled Warrior Princess, is a bit different, though.  In it, Beck describes how …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Republicans broken into fighting factions  —  On New Year's Day, in a cramped room in the Capitol basement, House Republican leaders faced an angry caucus.  Democrats had negotiated them into a corner — virtually every American would be hit with a massive tax increase unless …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rumsfeld 'Can't Tell' If Obama Has Switched Sides In War On Terror (VIDEO)  —  Speaking at a conservative gathering late last month, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he didn't know if President Barack Obama had switched sides in the War on Terror.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and msnbc.com
 
 
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Steve Beck / CBS Philly:
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Associated Press:
Judge accepts insanity plea in Colorado theater massacre trial
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Caller
Arthur Brice / CNN:
Iran, Hezbollah mine Latin America for revenue, recruits, analysts say
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Eric Cantor sidesteps questions about Issa ‘paid liar’ comment
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Average Guest Speaker At IRS Conference Made More Than $9,000
Discussion: EconLog
 Earlier Items: 
Yahoo! News:
Video captures Jasper, Texas, police officers beating woman
Kurt Erickson / Pantagraph:
Ex-Miss America expected to run for Congress
Discussion: Roll Call, Reuters and Ballot Box
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Baby boomers are killing themselves at an alarming rate, raising question: Why?
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Citing Stand Your Ground, Jury Acquits Man Who Killed Wife's Lover
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
Behind the Rise in House Prices, Wall Street Buyers
Discussion: The Week and Calculated Risk