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10:45 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 …
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.”
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Report: NSA collecting daily phone logs of millions of American Verizon customers
Discussion: Guardian, Politico, Yahoo! News and Nice Deb
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 …
Ralph Peters / New York Post:   O's cynical picks
Josh Kraushaar /
In Scandal's Wake, Obama's Hardball Tactics Could Backfire
Discussion: Power Line and Yahoo! News
David A. Graham / Reuters:
Forget the Charm, Keep the Offensive: Obama's Aggressive New Strategy
Discussion: The Week and The Impolitic
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.
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 …
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
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: Opinionator and National Review
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Virginia's Republican Lt. Gov. Candidate Wrote an Interesting Book
‘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
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
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 …
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.
NY Daily News:
Exclusive: Co-hosts of radio show ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ committed suicide  —  Lynne Rosen and John Littig were found dead Monday in their Park Slope home.  As a psychotherapist Rosen, 46, and motivational speaker Littig, 48, were in the business of telling people how to live.
Discussion: New York Post, The Raw Story and Gawker
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Army Punishes Soldier who Served Chick-fil-A  —  An Army master sergeant was punished after he hosted a promotion party and served Chick-fil-A sandwiches in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act.  —  FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS.  CLICK HERE TO JOIN!
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bill Varian / Tampa Bay Times:
Hillsborough County Commission unanimously repeals ban of gay pride recognition  —  TAMPA — For years, Hillsborough County stood firm, refusing to protect gays from discrimination as other governments approved domestic partnerships and even gay marriage.  —  But Hillsborough County …
Real Clear Politics:
The Boys of Pointe du Hoc  —  (Note: The following are remarks delivered by President Ronald Reagan on June 6, 1984 commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Invastion of Normandy.)  We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty.
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
Discussion: Politico
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Conservative super-PAC hits Pryor on ObamaCare support in new ad
Discussion: Phantom Public
Roll Call:
House Immigration Group Claims Deal, but Labrador Drops Out to Pursue Separate Bill
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
Smartphone Ownership 2013  —  Findings  —  56% of American adults …
Discussion: The Verge and AllThingsD
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
Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
The heckler — and FLOTUS — were right
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog and The Fix
Phil Plait / Slate:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Anti-Vaxxer
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Mitt Romney to CNN: Rice appointment ‘disappointing’
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
 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
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ex-Miss America Erika Harold's campaign plan
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Power Line
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
Jim Avila / ABCNEWS:
House Talks on Immigration Reform Near Collapse