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4:35 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
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 …
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
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
What You Should Know About The Government's Massive Domestic Surveillance Program  —  The Guardian newspaper revealed on Wednesday night that the National Security Administration (NSA) is collecting information about the telephone records of millions of Americans through a warrant obtained …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
George W. 'Bush's 4th term'
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
'It's Called Protecting America': Senators Defend NSA On Phone Records
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Daily Caller
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Verizon on offense behind the scenes
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Unknown Patriot Who Exposed the Government's Verizon Spy Program
Associated Press:
Administration defends collecting phone records
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Mike Rogers: NSA program helped stop a terrorist attack in the U.S. in ‘the last few years’
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Mike Rogers: ‘Legal’ NSA phone program ‘thwarted’ domestic terrorism plot
Discussion: Business Insider
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Flashback: Obama Railed Against Monitoring Citizens Who Did Nothing Wrong
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Politico:   Dianne Feinstein on NSA: 'It's called protecting America'
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Report: Verizon providing all call records to U.S. under court order
Marc Ambinder / The Week:
U.S. responds to NSA disclosures
New York Times:
Christie Picks Chiesa, New Jersey's Attorney General, to Be Interim Senator  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Thursday announced the appointment of Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state's attorney general, to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank R. Lautenberg.
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Christie names N.J. attorney general Jeffrey Chiesa to fill Lautenberg's seat  —  TRENTON —Gov. Chris Christie today named state attorney general Jeffrey Chiesa to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.  —  Chiesa said he won't seek election later this year.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chiesa is N.J. interim senator pick
Discussion: Yahoo! News, CNN and Post Politics
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Rep. Rush Holt enters NJ Senate race
Discussion: CNN
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.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Gov. Deval Patrick says he got drunk after bomber captured
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
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.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
In Gay Marriage Debate, Both Supporters and Opponents See Legal Recognition as ‘Inevitable’  —  OVERVIEW  —  As support for gay marriage continues to increase, nearly three-quarters of Americans - 72% - say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable.”
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Filibuster Ultimatum
Discussion: National Review
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Report Says IRS Approved Tax-Exempt Status For Twice as Many Conservative Groups as Liberal Groups  —  Here's an interesting tidbit from the newsletter Tax Notes.  As we all know by now, the IRS applies extra scrutiny to a group applying for tax-exempt status if it suspects the group is political in nature.
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to defund Obama's ‘administrative amnesty’ for immigrants  —  The House voted Thursday morning to defund President Obama's orders that allow officials to focus deportation efforts on illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes.  —  Republicans have argued that these orders amount …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Booed As They Vote To Deport DREAMers
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 …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Kirk to Eric Holder: Is DOJ spying on Congress? … Attorney General Eric Holder refused to answer when asked if the Justice Department is spying on Members of Congress, citing the need for a classified conversation, which lawmakers accepted while asking him to make sure that evidence of such surveillance is not destroyed.
Discussion: Mediaite, Post Politics and Hot Air
Jonathn Easley / The Hill:
Holder says ‘fatigue’ may eventually lead him to step aside
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Atheist Chaplains Would Call Fallen Soldiers ‘Worm Food,’ GOP Congressman Says (VIDEO)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
CBS News:
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' guilty pleas accepted in Afghanistan massacre
Discussion: The Long War Journal
‘War on women’ returns
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
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: WDDE 91.1 FM, LGBTQ Nation and GLAAD
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeremy Epstein Is Still Looking For A Job
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Linden / Center for American Progress:
It's Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate
Discussion: Washington Wire and ThinkProgress
Harry Hawkins / The Sun:
Bikinis axed from Miss World in bid to avoid Muslim threats
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Virginia candidate E.W. Jackson: Yoga leads to Satan
Edward P. Lazear / Wall Street Journal:
The Hidden Jobless Disaster
Discussion: AEIdeas and Economist's View
‘War on women’ returns
Kerry to U.S. Jews: Next few days will determine Middle East fate for decades
Discussion: Israel Matzav and GLORIA Center