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5:45 PM ET, June 6, 2013


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New York Times:
President Obama's Dragnet  —  Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every …
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
George W.  'Bush's 4th term'  —  The outrage over President Barack Obama's authorization of a nearly limitless federal dive into Americans' phone records obscures a hiding-in-plain-sight truth about the 44th president many of his supporters have overlooked for years:
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Mike Rogers: NSA program helped stop a terrorist attack in the U.S. in ‘the last few years’
Discussion: American Spectator and emptywheel
Verizon forced to hand over telephone data - full court ruling
Ron Fournier /
Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House: They're Spying on Us
Discussion: Hot Air, The PJ Tatler and Twitchy
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Flashback: Obama Railed Against Monitoring Citizens Who Did Nothing Wrong
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Report: Verizon providing all call records to U.S. under court order
Politico:   Dianne Feinstein on NSA: 'It's called protecting America'
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Mike Rogers: ‘Legal’ NSA phone program ‘thwarted’ domestic terrorism plot
Discussion: Business Insider
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Unknown Patriot Who Exposed the Government's Verizon Spy Program
Washington Post:
Administration, lawmakers defend NSA program to collect phone records
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 and CNN
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: 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.”
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.
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
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Grand Bargain Loses Center For American Progress Support In Major Blow To Austerity  —  WASHINGTON — The Center for American Progress, a pillar of the Democratic establishment in Washington is walking away from the broad negotiations aimed at reaching a “grand bargain,” …
Michael Linden / Center for American Progress:
It's Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate
Discussion: Washington Wire and ThinkProgress
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 …
Michelle Mondo /
Jury acquits escort shooter  —  Ezekiel Gilbert denied he meant to kill Craigslist escort.  —  A Bexar County jury on Wednesday acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of murder in the death of a 23-year-old Craigslist escort.  —  Gilbert, 30, embraced defense attorneys Bobby Barrera and Roy Barrera Sr …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Dems to hit Gomez with ads  —  National Democrats will launch television ads on Friday that tie GOP Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez to his national party.  —  Republicans argue the ads, which will run just three weeks before a special election, suggest Democrats are worried about Gomez …
Discussion: Politico
‘War on women’ returns
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
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.
Jonathn Easley / The Hill:
Holder says ‘fatigue’ may eventually lead him to step aside
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Atheist Chaplains Would Call Fallen Soldiers ‘Worm Food,’ GOP Congressman Says (VIDEO)  —  WASHINGTON — There are no atheists in foxholes, the saying goes.  Republicans in Congress don't want them in the military chaplain corps, either.  —  That's after New Jersey Democratic …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Senate Passes Bill Making the Harassment of a Police Officer a Crime
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Anna Palmer / Politico:
Verizon on offense behind the scenes
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Focus On The Family Doesn't Want Transgender People To Use Bathrooms In Delaware
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, WDDE 91.1 FM and GLAAD
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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