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12:20 PM ET, June 3, 2013


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Herb Jackson /
US Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89  —  Frank R. Lautenberg, who rose from a poor Paterson boyhood to become a multimillionaire businessman and New Jersey's longest-serving U.S.senator, died Monday at 89 of viral pneumonia, his office said.  —  The oldest member of the Senate …
Adam Clymer / New York Times:
Frank Lautenberg, 5-Term Senator From New Jersey, Dies at 89  —  Frank R. Lautenberg, who fought the alcohol and tobacco industries and promoted Amtrak in more than 30 years as a United States senator from New Jersey, died on Monday morning in Manhattan.  He was 89.
Associated Press:
Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dead At 89  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and the last World War II veteran remaining in the Senate, has died at age 89.  —  His office said Lautenberg died shortly after 4 a.m. EDT on Monday at a New York hospital …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89  —  Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), the last World War II veteran in the Senate and the chamber's oldest member, died Monday morning.  He was 89.  —  In a statement, Lautenberg's office said he died at 4:02 a.m. “due to complications from viral pneumonia.”
Discussion: American Spectator
Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Frank Lautenberg's Senate Seat To Be Filled By Special Election This Year
Yahoo! News:   Sen. Lautenberg dies, Christie expected to name successor
Tal Kopan / Politico:
David Plouffe rips Darrell Issa ‘loose ethically’  —  Former White House senior adviser David Plouffe took to Twitter to question Rep. Darrell Issa's ethics after the California Republican trashed press secretary Jay Carney.  —  “Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
IRS controversy turns personal, nasty  —  (CNN) - An unusually harsh and personal war of words erupted on Sunday, even for the current hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington, DC, with one of President Obama's top advisers bringing up the 40-year-old criminal record of the Republican congressman leading …
Wall Street Journal:
IRS Faulted on Conference Spending
Discussion: National Review
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: How GOP lost young voters  —  A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation's leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP “brand” and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to POLITICO.
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Donald Trump Eyes 2016
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Post Politics
Immigration reform deal hangs on border security  —  The Gang of Eight's hopes for a Senate supermajority is running into the GOP's push for a dramatic crackdown on border security — testing the limits of the bipartisan coalition that's propelling the bill through Congress.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP immigration supporters face back-tax dilemma
NY Daily News:
Mayhem in the city: 25 people shot in 48 hours  —  Three killed Sunday after three were killed Saturday.  One of the wounded includes an 11-year-old girl who will never walk again.  —  Cops check the scene of a deadly gun battle at Bedford Ave. and Lenox Road in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Discussion: and Gawker
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Geezers Are All Right  —  Last month the Congressional Budget Office released its much-anticipated projections for debt and deficits, and there were cries of lamentation from the deficit scolds who have had so much influence on our policy discourse.  The problem, you see …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Devoted to Politics, MSNBC Slips on Breaking News  —  At MSNBC they view it as rooting against death and destruction: the last thing the channel wants is more months like the last two, filled with terror bombings, tornadoes and plant accidents.  —  It's not all altruism.
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
‘Constitutional crisis’ if Lords reject gay marriage, senior peer warns  —  The Government could be plunged into a “constitutional crisis” if members of the House of Lords reject plans for gay marriage this week, a senior peer has warned.  —  Opponents of the Same Sex Couples Bill …
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Bishops under pressure to abstain in gay marriage vote
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Inside The Meltdown At America's Most Conservative, Most Christian Political Consulting Firm  —  Rex Elsass built a Republican empire on his faith, but he found himself battling his closest allies over his immortal soul.  —  DELAWARE, Ohio — About 30 miles north of Columbus …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom  —  BAGHDAD — Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world's top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.  —  China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day …
Discussion: The Dish and Politico
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESS  —  In 1969, when nothing excited the public's interest like the depredations of drug fiends, the Louisville Courier-Journal sent a reporter named Paul Branzburg to penetrate Kentucky's marijuana underground.  He published eyewitness accounts …
Discussion: Politico and emptywheel
Alana Horowitz / The Huffington Post:
Marsha Blackburn: Women 'Don't Want' Equal Pay Laws  —  Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said on Sunday that women “don't want” equal pay laws.  —  During a roundtable discussion on NBC's Meet The Press, former White House advisor David Axelrod asked if she would support a law promoting workplace gender equality.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
David Axelrod Dismisses IRS Scandal On NBC: Too ‘Stupid’ To Be Politically Motivated
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Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
Al Sharpton's Long Bill of Goods, From Tawana Brawley to Primetime
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Shane Osborn enters GOP Senate race
Wall Street Journal:
Deficit Deal Even Less Likely
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Risk-Averse Culture Infects U.S. Workers, Entrepreneurs
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Ponders Major Restructuring, Amid Renewed Wall Street Focus on Stock
Discussion: GigaOM, Business Insider and The Verge
New York Times:
Time to Change Military Justice
John Nichols /
Senator's Call Stirs Movement to Get Congress Focused on Economic Justice
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Wall Street lobbyists rout groups pressing for new tight regulations
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Women in the Senate Confront the Military on Sex Assaults
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
‘Tea party’ tempest brewing