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7:10 PM ET, June 1, 2013


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conservatives: Public backlash to immigration reform is coming  —  Opponents of the Senate immigration reform bill say a strong public backlash is coming and think they have a good chance of stopping it on the Senate floor.  —  Advocates on both sides of the debate agree the response to the bill …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Blind to the Past — and Future  —  As a new effort at comprehensive immigration reform inches its way forward in the Senate, dissent from many conservatives is revealing their true contempt for, and fear of, the possibility that demographic groups who look different from their base will accrue power.
Dana Bash / CNN:
First on CNN: IRS collects docs from 88 employees in investigation  —  Washington (CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service has told House GOP investigators they have identified 88 IRS employees who may have documents relevant to the congressional investigation into targeting of conservative groups …
Fox News:
IRS turns over to Congress video of employees line dancing
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Patricia Mazzei /
Congressman Joe Garcia's chief of staff implicated in phantom absentee-ballot requests scheme  —  Congressman Joe Garcia's chief of staff abruptly resigned Friday after being implicated in a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year's primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.
Turkey protests rage for second day  —  Turkey is entering a second day of violent protests, with fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.  —  The protest began as a sit-in over plans to redevelop Gezi Park in Istanbul's Taksim Square, but escalated after police used tear gas.
Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Turkey protests rage for second day
Discussion: Via Meadia, Truthdig and Atlas Shrugs
Amnesty International:
Turkey must halt brutal police repression and investigate abuses at Istanbul protest
Discussion: BBC and Taylor Marsh
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Jean Stapleton, Who Played Archie's Better Angel, Dies at 90  —  Jean Stapleton, an actress whose portrayal of a slow-witted, big-hearted and submissive — up to a point — housewife on the groundbreaking series “All in the Family” made her, along with Mary Tyler Moore and Bea Arthur …
How Halsey Minor Blew Tech Fortune on Way to Bankruptcy  —  How do you sell the technology company you founded for $1.8 billion and five years later file for personal bankruptcy?  For Halsey Minor, it may have been a fascination with houses, hotels, horses and art.
Eamon Murphy /
CNET Founder Halsey Minor Bankrupt 5 Years After Firm's $1.8 Billion Sale
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Obama Aides Attended Oil Industry-Sponsored Azerbaijan Conference  —  Former senior aides to President Barack Obama were among several dozen U.S. officials and lawmakers who traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan, this week, for an event sponsored by major oil companies.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Seeing the Forest
CBC News:
Canadian relief for Moore tornado victims denied at border  —  U.S. border officials want 20,000 kg of food itemized, physically inspected before entering  —  A tornado in Moore, Okla., killed 24 people and injured nearly 400 more on May 20.  It destroyed 1,200 homes and damaged another 10,000.
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
Bloomberg's Push for Tighter Gun Laws Shifts to Other States  —  CARSON CITY, Nev. — John W. Griffin is a fast-talking, whiskey-loving, fifth-generation Nevadan who spends his days as a lobbyist courting lawmakers in Stetsons.  He advocates for luxury casinos, once brokered a dispute between …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Lois Lerner Defense  —  We have the president of the United States' word as a gentleman that he knew nothing about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of his enemies until he “learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this.”
Jean Hopfensperger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Former MN Gov. Ventura wants to add widow to suit against Navy SEAL Chris Kyle  —  Ventura claims that damages from slain ex-SEAL Chris Kyle's “American Sniper” continue.  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is setting his legal sights on the widow of a former Navy SEAL he had sued for defamation.
Jason Samenow / Capital Weather Gang:
NOAA kills agency-wide furlough proposal  —  Following the recent tornado outbreaks in the Plains, NOAA faced strong Congressional pressure not to furlough National Weather Service employees (as a cost savings measure in response to the budget sequester).  The agency gave in late Friday.
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Report: IRS sought gift tax on conservative group's donors  —  The IRS tried to impose a gift tax on donors to a conservative group formed to support former President George W. Bush's 2007 troop surge in Iraq, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.  —  The timing of the effort coincided …
Marcel Neergaard / The Huffington Post:
Taking a Stand Against Anti-Gay Bullying (VIDEO)  —  I am Marcel Neergaard, and I am 11 years old.  This year I was homeschooled for sixth grade because of severe bullying.  If I had gone back to public school, there is a great possibility that I would have taken my own life.
Discussion: Gay Star News
Erik Wemple:
Top attorney regarding Fox News case: Curbing liberty for expediency equals ‘tyranny’  —  A single passage in the government's affidavit in the James Rosen case has captivated Washington for nearly two weeks.  The affidavit sought a search warrant to snoop in the personal Gmail account of Rosen …
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Associated Press:
C-section OK for pregnant woman in El Salvador
Discussion: RH Reality Check and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Surpluses Help, but Fiscal Woes for States Go On
Discussion: Via Meadia and EconLog
Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
Evangelical Lutheran Church elects first openly gay bishop
Discussion: Gay Star News
Dave Levinthal / The Center for Public …:
Tobacco giant funded conservative nonprofits
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
State Department highlights Iran's ‘marked resurgence’ of state-sponsored terrorism
M. Alex Johnson / U.S. News:
Woman, baby, three others killed as tornadoes hit Oklahoma City suburbs
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes' Liberaland