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9:15 AM 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  —  The National Security Agency …
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Report: Verizon providing all call records to U.S. under court order  —  The National Security Agency appears to be collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of American customers of Verizon, one of the nation's largest phone companies, under a top-secret court order issued in April.
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.”
Discussion: Hot Air and The Verge
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 …
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 …
David A. Graham / Reuters:
Forget the Charm, Keep the Offensive: Obama's Aggressive New Strategy  —  Appointing Susan Rice as a top aide, attacking Darrell Issa, and fighting for judicial nominees show Obama and his allies don't want to make nice.  —  No more Mr. Nice President.  For a brief few weeks this spring …
Discussion: The Week and The Impolitic
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Mitt Romney to CNN: Rice appointment ‘disappointing’  —  Washington (CNN) - As Mitt Romney begins to re-emerge into the public spotlight with a Utah conference, the former Republican presidential nominee told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger he was disappointed with President Obama's pick …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
K.T. McFarland / Fox News:
The real reason Obama tapped Susan Rice for national security adviser
Discussion: Mediaite and VodkaPundit
Josh Kraushaar /
In Scandal's Wake, Obama's Hardball Tactics Could Backfire
Discussion: Power Line and Yahoo! News
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Holder to GOP: I meant no disrespect  —  Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee that he meant no disrespect by allowing a deputy to respond to their requests for information on a leak investigation.  —  By responding personally …
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Ex-Rep. Allen West: Holder is bigger threat than al-Qaeda  —  Former congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) says Attorney General Eric Holder is more dangerous than al-Qaeda.  —  In a new fundraising e-mail for his political action committee, the Allen West Guardian Fund, West pictures Holder next …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Allen West: Holder a ‘bigger threat to our republic’ than al Qaeda
Discussion: Reuters and Weasel Zippers
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.
Brett Norman / Politico:
Sarah Murnaghan lung transplant case: Sebelius ordered to make exception on transplant  —  A federal judge has ordered HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old in Pennsylvania dying of cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
JoNel Aleccia / Vitals:
Judge orders girl added to adult lung transplant list
Girl's family goes to court over lung transplant
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Top IRS Official For Obamacare Implementation Placed On Administrative Leave  —  Sources say a key official in charge of overseeing health reform implementation, as well as another staffer, have been put on leave for accepting more than $1,000 in free meals and other items at a 2010 conference.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:   IRS officials suspended for taking gifts
Politico:   Daniel Werfel's IRS discipline wins praise on Hill
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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Rubin Reports
United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas:
Cornyn RESULTS Amendment to S.744  —  Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety, & Upgrading Legitimate Trade and travel Simultaneously  — Strengthens Border Security, national security, and public safety.  — Requires DHS Secretary and GAO Comptroller General to jointly certify …
Jim Avila / ABCNEWS:
House Talks on Immigration Reform Near Collapse  —  Rep. Raul Labrador is one of the members of the House Gang of Eight involved in immigration reform.  Image credit: Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images  —  Bipartisan meetings in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive immigration reform bill …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
House panel adopts ‘conscience’ amendment to defense bill  — Stumble upon something good?  Share it on StumbleUpon  — Send via Email  — Send this page to Print Friendly  —  A House panel approved an amendment that would make it easier for troops to harass their gay colleagues.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
New Jersey Gov. Christie Has Broad Cross-Party Appeal
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and National Review
Reid Wilson /
Susana Martinez: No To Presidency, Down On Immigration Reform
NY Daily News:
Exclusive: Co-hosts of radio show ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ committed suicide
Discussion: New York Post, The Raw Story and Gawker
Phil Plait / Slate:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Anti-Vaxxer
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Army Punishes Soldier who Served Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Donor John Mills's gift to Labour avoided tax bill of £1.5m
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Wall Street Journal:
IMF Admits Mistakes on Greece Bailout
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
John Watson / The Age:
Japan's radiation disaster toll: none dead, none sick
Discussion: Hit & Run
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Ohio Group Has Decided To Take Same-Sex Marriage To State's Voters In 2014
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Carey Mulligan Eyed to Play Hillary Clinton in Biopic (Exclusive)
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters and Mediaite
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Yes, Europe really is in the throes of austerity
Jordan Smith / Austin Chronicle:
Judge Edith Jones: Blacks and Hispanics More Violent