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2:25 PM ET, June 5, 2013


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Peter Wallsten / Post Politics:
Michelle Obama confronts protester, threatens to leave fundraiser  —  First Lady Michelle Obama experienced a rare face-to-face encounter with a protester late Tuesday - approaching the activist and threatening to leave a fundraiser if the person did not stop interrupting her speech.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Meet the lesbian who heckled Michelle Obama  — Stumble upon something good?  Share it on StumbleUpon  — Send via Email  — Send this page to Print Friendly  —  Ellen Sturtz heckled Michelle Obama at a DNC fundraiser.  (Washington Blade file photo from a previous protest by Michael Key)
Discussion: The Dish and AMERICAblog
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Michelle Obama DNC Fundraiser Speech Interrupted By LGBT Protester  —  WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama's speech Tuesday evening at a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser was interrupted by a protester, who demanded equality for gays and lesbians.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Audio of Michelle Obama Being Interrupted by Heckler
Discussion: Hot Air
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Rice to Replace Donilon in the Top National Security Post  —  WASHINGTON — In a major shakeup of President Obama's foreign-policy inner circle, Tom Donilon, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said late Tuesday.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Susan Rice to be new NSA, Samantha Power to replace her at U.N.  —  National Security Adviser Tom Donilon is stepping down after four years on the job and will be replaced by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice — the latest in a series of defiant appointments likely to rile the GOP and fire up the Democratic base.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Tom Donilon resigning as national security adviser; Susan Rice to replace him
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Power called Hillary Clinton ‘a monster’
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Almost Half of Americans Say Obama Untruthful About IRS  —  Almost half of Americans say President Barack Obama isn't telling the truth when he says he didn't know the Internal Revenue Service was giving extra scrutiny to the applications of small government groups seeking tax-exempt status.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Poll: Controversies raising doubts about White House ‘honesty’
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is there ACA rate shock in California?  —  I wasn't going to weigh in on this, but enough of you have asked me what I think of Avik Roy's claim that California insurance premiums, under ACA, will go up 64% to 146%.  Let me start by telling you this: based on a reading of the secondary commentary …
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Are Young, Single Adults Expecting Obamacare to Cost So Much?  —  Obamacare will raise insurance costs, not lower them, for a lot of young, childless adults.  What will happen when they find out?  —  There's been some pretty fierce back and forth in the preceding week over the question of …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hit & Run
9 injured, more feared trapped in Center City collapse  —  center city, philadelphia, collapse, local/state  —  A building collapsed at the corner of 22nd and Market streets in Center City Philadelphia, trapping a number of a people under the rubble.  —  The 4-story building …
Philadelphia News, Local News, Weather …:
Philly Building Collapses, People Trapped  —  Frantic search for survivors in downtown Philadelphia collapse  —  A building in downtown Philadelphia has collapsed and authorities fear that as many as 10 people may be trapped beneath the rubble and a frantic search is underway.
Discussion: WWBT-TV, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Cornyn's big ideas on immigration
Discussion: CNN and
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rubio threatens to vote against immigration bill
MLB seeks to suspend A-Rod, Braun  —  Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, “Outside the Lines” has learned.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Grassley: Obama hasn't called me in four years  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley, a pivotal deal-maker in Congress, said Tuesday that he has not received a phone call from President Obama in four years.  —  The lack of communication between the Iowa Republican and the president is an indication that Obama's new …
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Dark skies brighten for Holder
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Report: Leon Panetta revealed classified SEAL unit info  —  Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed the name of the Navy SEAL unit that carried out the Osama Bin Laden raid and named the unit's ground commander at a 2011 ceremony attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal …
Discussion: Hot Air
Martin Di Caro /
WMAL EXCLUSIVE: 11-Yr-Old Suspended From School For Merely TALKING About Guns  —  OWINGS, MD — The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home.  —  Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“11-Yr-Old Suspended From School For Merely TALKING About Guns”
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Katharine Weymouth / Ask The Post:
Publisher's letter: How the paywall will work  —  On June 12, we will begin phasing in our metered subscription model.  It will take us a few weeks to get everyone into the system, but doing that will allow us to ensure that you have the best possible experience.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
David Plouffe's big gamble  —  David Plouffe has helped win two national elections, written a bestselling political how-to book and earned the undying affection of Obama supporters by the millions.  —  But Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), President Barack Obama's high congressional inquisitor …
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Christie's self-serving stunt: Editorial  —  Gov. Chris Christie has a town hall meeting at Raritan Valley Community College  —  Gov. Chris Christie's decision to hold the U.S. Senate election three weeks before the general election in November is a shameless move that will waste …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP chafes at Christie's decision
John Edwards looking to open new law firm  —  (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards is looking to open a new law firm this September, a source told CNN's Chris Cuomo.  —  The firm will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will focus on plaintiff work, the source said.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Rep. Price to unveil bill to replace ObamaCare  —  Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) on Wednesday said he was poised to unveil a wide-ranging replacement plan for the president's healthcare reform law.  —  “We will be introducing a bill, maybe even today... that will be a comprehensive approach.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Report Says T.S.A. Screening Is Not Objective
Discussion: National Review
Investor's Business Daily:
Stephanie Cutter Attended WH Meetings With IRS Chief
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Chris Christie: The most popular politician in America?
Nidhi Subbaraman / NBC News:
Domino's ‘DomiCopter’ drone can deliver two large pepperonis
New York Times:
China's First Lady Won't See U.S. Counterpart on Visit
Discussion: Telegraph and WorldViews
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Social Security should be expanded, not cut
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
U.S. Job Creation Best in Five Years
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Nick Robinson / BBC:
Labour: No child benefit for the rich?
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Republican Jason Smith easily wins 8th District congressional race
Discussion: National Review
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: IRS targeting of Tea Party is no mere political scandal
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Hot Air
Glenn Blain / NY Daily News:
Damning email omitted from Vito Lopez sexual harassment report suggests Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver …
Discussion: Politicker
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Cut the Strings to George III
Discussion: and Althouse
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Kathleen Sebelius won't waive regulation for girl with five weeks to live: ‘Someone lives and someone dies’