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12:55 PM ET, June 6, 2013


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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily  —  Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama  —  • Read the Verizon court order in full here  —  • Obama administration justifies surveillance
Verizon forced to hand over telephone data - full court ruling  —  The US government is collecting the phone records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a top secret court order.  Read the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order
New York Times:
U.S. Is Secretly Collecting Records of Verizon Calls  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is secretly carrying out a domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting business communications records involving Americans under a hotly debated section of the Patriot Act …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
White House defends NSA collecting Verizon phone records  —  The White House on Thursday defended the National Security Agency's use of a secret court order to collect telephone records from millions of Verizon customers.  —  An administration official called the phone data a …
Associated Press:
White House defends collecting phone records  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.”
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA tracking phones  —  Frequent critic of the White House Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is defending the National Security Agency's reported collection of millions of Americans' phone calls, saying he's more concerned about terrorism.  —  “I'm glad the NSA is trying …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Mediaite and Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama administration defends Verizon records order
Marc Ambinder / The Week:
U.S. responds to NSA disclosures
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Report: Verizon providing all call records to U.S. under court order
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Sen. Graham: 'I'm a Verizon customer. I don't mind turning over records'
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Unknown Patriot Who Exposed the Government's Verizon Spy Program
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
What You Should Know About The Government's Massive Domestic Surveillance Program
GOP to Darrell Issa: Cool it  —  Shortly after Darrell Issa dubbed Jay Carney a “paid liar” on CNN last Sunday, House Republican leadership staffers called the California Republican's aides with a message: Cool it.  —  Issa's aides promptly responded: The remark was over the top, they agreed …
Wall Street Journal:
IRS Staff Cite Washington Link  —  Two Workers Tell Congress That Agency Officials Helped Direct Tea-Party Reviews  —  Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency's Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Virginia candidate E.W. Jackson: Yoga leads to Satan  —  E.W. Jackson, the Virginia GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, suggested that yoga could open individuals to Satan, according to a report.  —  Accompanying a profile of Jackson, who has been a thorn in the side …
Discussion: National Review
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Manhunt over, Deval Patrick tied one on  —  Candid gov discusses attacks  —  By:  —  Gov. Deval Patrick gave a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the horrific days after the Boston Marathon bombings, telling employees at a Cambridge marketing firm yesterday he got “quite drunk” the day after the intense manhunt finally ended.
Mark Murray / First Read:
Health care law's unpopularity reaches new highs  —  President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law remains unpopular with the American public just months before it fully goes into effect, according to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  The poll shows 49 percent …
Edward P. Lazear / Wall Street Journal:
The Hidden Jobless Disaster  —  At the present slow pace of job growth, it will require more than a decade to get back to full employment defined by prerecession standards.  —  The market tanked Wednesday on bad preliminary job news.  And so, when Friday's jobs report is released …
Discussion: Economist's View
Jenny Marlar / Gallup:
U.S. Payroll to Population and Unemployment Worsen in May
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Kerry to U.S. Jews: Next few days will determine Middle East fate for decades  —  Those who believe the Israeli-Palestinian status quo is sustainable and that the separation fence will bring security to Israel are ‘lulling themselves into a delusion,’ U.S. secretary of state tells American Jewish Committee.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeremy Epstein Is Still Looking For A Job  —  The college student was thrust into the spotlight when he asked Obama and Romney about finding a job after graduation at the October town hall debate.  —  Via: David Goldman / AP  —  “Every now and then someone stops me on the street and says …
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
O's cynical picks  —  Politics first, foreign policy last  —  There are three big losers from President Obama's cynical appointment of Susan Rice as his new national security adviser: Secretary of State John Kerry, Congress and the American people.  —  As for the nomination …
Maria Sacchetti / The Boston Globe:
Mass. pair sues New York Post over Marathon bombing portrayal  —  A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering …
Michael Linden / Center for American Progress:
It's Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate  —  Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF version of this report.  —  The federal budget has dominated the policy and political debate in Washington over the past three years.  During this time, both the underlying fiscal landscape …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Gay Marriage Gains Ground in Poll as Court Readies Ruling  —  More than half of Americans support allowing same-sex couples to marry, endorsing the goal of gay-rights activists as the U.S. Supreme Court this month prepares to rule on the issue for the first time.
‘War on women’ returns  —  Not every Republican learned Todd Akin's lesson from 2012 - and Democrats noticed.  —  This week alone: Sen. Saxby Chambliss blamed sexual assaults in the military on hormones, conservative pundit Erick Erickson credited biology for male dominance in society …
Discussion: Shakesville and First Read
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Beth Reinhard /
Terry McAuliffe Tests Obama Playbook in Virginia
Discussion: The Plum Line and Opinionator
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Focus On The Family Doesn't Want Transgender People To Use Bathrooms In Delaware
Discussion: GLAAD, WDDE 91.1 FM and LGBTQ Nation
Boston Herald:
D-Day vet: “We made a difference”
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and normblog
Harry Hawkins / The Sun:
Bikinis axed from Miss World in bid to avoid Muslim threats
Discussion: Power Line and Jihad Watch
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Higher Health Insurance Premiums: The Obamacare Debate We Didn't Have
Susan Haigh / Associated Press:
Ct. law to restrict Newtown photos
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Real Clear Politics:
The Boys of Pointe du Hoc
 Earlier Items: 
Roll Call:
House Immigration Group Claims Deal, but Labrador Drops Out to Pursue Separate Bill
Discussion: Politico
Bill Varian / Tampa Bay Times:
Hillsborough County Commission unanimously repeals ban of gay pride recognition
NY Daily News:
Exclusive: Co-hosts of radio show ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ committed suicide
Discussion: New York Post, The Raw Story and Gawker
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Mitt Romney to CNN: Rice appointment ‘disappointing’
Discussion: Politico
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Army Punishes Soldier who Served Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Holder to GOP: I meant no disrespect