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6:05 PM ET, June 4, 2011

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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Pakistani Militant Leader Reported Killed by U.S. Strike  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — One of Pakistan's most wanted militant commanders, Ilyas Kashmiri, has been killed in an American drone strike in the tribal territory of South Waziristan, residents and a militant member in the area said Saturday.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Howard Dean warns Sarah Palin could beat Obama in 2012  —  Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.  —  Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Kelly Heffernan-Tabor / digtriad.com:
Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It  —  Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank.  —  Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff's deputies foreclose on the bank.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Religious Leaders: GOP's ‘Ayn Rand’ Budget Targets Poor, Goes Against Religious Values  —  While religious conservatives and Republican political leaders gathered at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington this weekend, another group of religious leaders held a small gathering across …
Bernard Gwertzman / New York Times:
Lawrence Eagleburger, a Top Diplomat, Dies at 80  —  Lawrence S. Eagleburger, a troubleshooting diplomat and senior foreign policy adviser to presidents who served the country for more than 40 years, including 42 days as secretary of state at the close of President George Bush's term, died on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. He was 80.
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger dies
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: ‘This Is The Time’ For States To Outlaw Same-Sex Marriage  —  Yesterday, during a speech before the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington DC, potential presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) recounted her unsuccessful efforts to pass a constitutional …
Paul Krugman:
Yes, Medicare Is Sustainable In Its Current Form  —  I keep seeing people say that Medicare in its current form is not sustainable, as if that were an established fact.  It's anything but.  —  What is Medicare?  It's single-payer coverage for the elderly.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Edwards Case Casts Spotlight on a Long Reclusive Donor  —  Rachel Mellon, now 100 years old and long one of the richest women in America, has lived a life of maximum discretion and minimum exposure.  Even in her prime, in the 1960s, when she redesigned the White House Rose Garden …
Discussion: American Power
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Judge reverses decision, allows O'Keefe to leave New Jersey  —  Controversial right-wing activist James O'Keefe is in Washington DC today attending the Faith and Freedom Conference.  O'Keefe is currently on federal probation after being found guilty in a case where “he was accused of trying …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
The Dark Past Of The “Weinergate” Co-Pilot  —  Twitter avenger Mike Stack not your typical conservative agitator … The Twitter user who first floated the rumor that a lewd photo scandal was brewing for Representative Anthony Weiner is not your typical conservative avenger, an investigation by The Smoking Gun has determined.
Rosslyn Beeby / The Canberra Times:
Climate of fear: scientists face death threats  —  Australia's leading climate change scientists are being targeted by a vicious, unrelenting email campaign that has resulted in police investigations of death threats.  —  The Australian National University has confirmed …
The Note:
Jon Huntsman avoiding Iowa ‘For A Reason’  —  ABC News' Sarah Kunin reports:  —  Jon Huntsman has kicked off his three-day, eleven-stop tour of New Hampshire this weekend to appeal to voters in the state holding the nation's first primary.  —  Voters in Iowa, on the other hand, will not be awarded the same face time.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Where Prisoners Can Do Anything, Except Leave  —  PORLAMAR, Venezuela — On the outside, the San Antonio prison on Margarita Island looks like any other Venezuelan penitentiary.  Soldiers in green fatigues stand at its gates.  Sharpshooters squint from watchtowers.
Discussion: Gawker
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Expert: Edwards case difficult one to prosecute  —  Legal analyst Jan Crawford says ex-Senator smart in fronting issue of doing “terrible things”; Witnesses' credibility poses problem for feds  —  It is a long fall for John Edwards, from former Senator and presidential candidate to an indictment on felony charges.
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New York Times:
Obama Retools 2008 Machine for Tough Run  —  CHICAGO — Saddled with a faltering economic recovery, President Obama is rebuilding the campaign machinery that vaulted him into office, hoping it can overcome the challenges of persistently high unemployment and a fractured coalition of supporters.
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Proof that S.F.'s circumcision ban Is anti-Semitic  —  As you may have heard by now, San Francisco will be voting this November on whether or not to ban circumcision in the city.  —  Defenders of the measure say it's all about “human rights” and “protecting babies” from unnecessary procedures.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Still rogue, Palin embraces media
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The Lost Villages  —  Saying goodbye to a once-friendly land …
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Weiner helping junk the country
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