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5:00 PM ET, June 4, 2013


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Josh Kraushaar /
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 …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Christie Likely to Announce Dates of Special Election  —  ABC News' Josh Margolin and Shushannah Walshe report:  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is holding a 1:30 p.m. press conference and and sources briefed on the governor's thinking say it's likely he will address the special election process …
Discussion: Business Insider
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Christie Previously Signed Law to Consolidate Elections to Save Money
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Death of Senator Places Christie in Difficult Spot
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 …
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
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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
On Conservative Reformers  —  There is a lot of back and forth chatter …
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama dares Republicans to block three nominations to critical court
Discussion: Politico and CNN
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
Obama's D.C. Circuit Picks Likely to Prompt GOP Outcry
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Accuse first and ask questions later  —  A third House committee joined the stampede to examine the IRS on Monday, and its chairman did exactly what you would expect somebody to do before launching a fair and impartial investigation: He went on Fox News Channel and implicated the White House.
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,” …
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 …
Stacy Kaper /
Sandra Fluke Redux? Senate Stacks the Deck Against Reformers in Sexual Assaults Crisis
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Yahoo! News
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Fix
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gallup overhauls polls after 2012 failure
Discussion: CNN, Politico and
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 …
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.”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid says immigration bill on floor next week  —  The Senate will begin considering the landmark immigration reform bill next week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday morning.  —  “Even if we we've not completed action on the farm bill or the student loans proposals …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rubio: Senate immigration reform bill lacks 60 votes
Discussion: Politico
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 …
New York Times:
Why the Court Was Right to Allow Cheek Swabs  —  SOMETHING astonishing happened Monday: Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's longest-serving member and one of its most conservative justices, joined three liberal justices in a sharply worded dissent arguing for the rights of criminal suspects.
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Court's DNA Ruling Brings U.S. a Step Closer to ‘Gattaca’
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 …
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Baby boomers are killing themselves at an alarming rate, raising question: Why?  —  Last spring, Frank Turkaly tried to kill himself.  A retiree in a Pittsburgh suburb living on disability checks, he was estranged from friends and family, mired in credit card debt and taking medication for depression …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Citing Stand Your Ground, Jury Acquits Man Who Killed Wife's Lover  —  As trial approaches for the man who generated national controversy over Stand Your Ground laws when he shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Florida street, a jury has acquitted another man under Florida's controversial law …
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John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
More than 150 arrested at NC legislature during Monday protests
Discussion: Colorlines and The Raw Story
Ben Senger / KPTV-TV:
‘All kinds of goodies’ stolen by sex toy thief
Associated Press:
Judge accepts insanity plea in Colorado theater massacre trial
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Caller
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
Yahoo! News:
Video captures Jasper, Texas, police officers beating woman
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Bait and Switch
Kurt Erickson / Pantagraph:
Ex-Miss America expected to run for Congress
Discussion: Roll Call, Reuters and Ballot Box
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Republicans broken into fighting factions
Sheera Frenkel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. publishes details of missile base Israel wanted kept secret
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
Behind the Rise in House Prices, Wall Street Buyers
Discussion: The Week and Calculated Risk