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7:35 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 R. Lautenberg, 5-Term Senator From New Jersey, Dies at 89  —  Frank R. Lautenberg, who fought the alcohol and tobacco industries and promoted Amtrak as a five-term United States senator from New Jersey, died on Monday morning in Manhattan.  He was 89.  —  The cause was complications of viral pneumonia, his office said.
Yahoo! News:
Sen. Lautenberg dies, Christie expected to name successor  —  Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died overnight of complications from viral pneumonia, his office said Monday.  —  At 89, Lautenberg was the oldest senator—and the last World War II veteran serving in that legislative body.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Lautenberg's Death Adds to Democrats' Legislative Difficulties
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Sen. Lautenberg dead at 89; Christie to appoint replacement
Discussion: ViralRead
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Frank Lautenberg's Senate Seat To Be Filled By Special Election This Year
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.
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham: ‘No Evidence’ White House Directed IRS To Target Conservatives  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday became the latest Republican to reject Darrell Issa's comments that White House press secretary Jay Carney is a “paid liar” in relation to the IRS controversy.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Cruz accuses DOJ of targeting reporters critical of the White House
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Graham: ‘No evidence’ IRS targeting directed from White House
Discussion: CNN and The Political Carnival
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
The fierce urgency of $$$: Obama aides cash in
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jake Tapper / CNN:
IRS controversy turns personal, nasty
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney seeks to cool fight with Rep. Issa
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant  —  Police can take DNA samples from those under arrest the same as they take fingerprints and photographs, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 decision on Monday.  —  The ruling defied the court's traditional ideological divisions.
Discussion: Reuters and The Impolitic
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Allow Police to Take DNA Samples After Arrests
Discussion: The Verge and Althouse
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Scalia Gets It Right
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Anatomy of a Bogus Obamacare Argument  —  If you want to know why we can't have an honest debate about Obamacare, all you have to do is pay attention to some recent news from California—and the way a highly distorted version of it, by one irresponsible writer, has rippled through the conservative press.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Report Warns Of Party's Apocalypse With Young Voters  —  The Republican Party's troubles with young voters are well known.  But a new internal report virtually elevates the threat level to apocalyptic, declaring that the GOP needs a “fundamental re-thinking” of its approach in order to remain viable with the younger generation.
David Frum / david-frum:
All Good Things...  So it's been a rough month for my family and me.  It's been a rough month for the blog too.  I'm well aware that people come here to read about public affairs, not personal losses.  —  Unfortunately, family and personal matters must claim my attention for some time to come.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Frum's Conservative Reform Checklist
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
On the Brink of a Feud With Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly Backed Down  —  A new book claims he did so on orders from Roger Ailes.  Are conservative critiques of talk radio suppressed?  —  Almost no one remembers Bill O'Reilly's searing attack on Rush Limbaugh-style talk radio hosts in 2008.
Discussion: Riehl World News
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Biden cancels annual summer beach party  —  Vice President Joe Biden will not be throwing his annual beach party for journalists this summer, POLITICO has learned.  —  Since 2010, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden have invited top journalists to their home at the Naval Observatory …
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.
The Dirtiest, Nastiest, Low-Down Campaign In America: Cuccinelli vs. McAuliffe  —  The campaigns of Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the two major candidates for Governor in Virginia this year, both claim to be focused on positive messages about growing the economy and creating jobs in the Old Dominion.
Errin Whack / Washington Post:
E.W. Jackson says Cuccinelli in 2010 suggested that he run for Va. lieutenant governor
Discussion: Daily Kos and First Read
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Scandalpalooza  —  Is Team O trying to tire us out?  —  The Obama Scandalpalooza continues.  It's gotten so bad that some pundits have even suggested that they're bringing everything out at once to induce “scandal fatigue” and make it all fade away.  Well, maybe — there's certainly a lot:
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Professors Are About to Get an Online Education  —  Georgia Tech's new Internet master's degree in computer science is the future.  —  Anyone who cares about America's shortage of computer-science experts should cheer the recent news out of Georgia Tech.  The Atlanta university …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCarthy diagnosed with lung cancer  —  “There will be some tough days ahead and I will have to miss activities in Washington during my treatment in New York, but I will continue to be a strong advocate for the 4th Congressional District — and I remain committed to improving Long Island's schools …
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former RNC chairman Steele mulls Maryland gubernatorial bid  —  Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is considering running for governor in his home state of Maryland.  —  “We're looking at it,” Steele told MSNBC's Chuck Todd on Monday.  “You're going take a look at the numbers.
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.
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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