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2:50 PM ET, June 8, 2013


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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Tech Companies Concede to Surveillance Program  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When government officials came to Silicon Valley to demand easier ways for the world's largest Internet companies to turn over user data as part of a secret surveillance program, the companies bristled.  In the end, though, many cooperated at least a bit.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
U.S. Internet spying foiled plot to attack NY subways - sources  —  (Reuters) - A secret U.S. intelligence program to collect emails that is at the heart of an uproar over government surveillance helped foil an Islamist militant plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009, U.S. government sources said on Friday.
New York Times:
Administration Says Mining of Data Is Crucial to Fight Terror
Discussion: Spectator and Hot Air
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Cleta Mitchell: How to Investigate the IRS  —  Cleta Mitchell, the attorney who helped expose the tax agency's abuses, has a road map for identifying the culprits.  It doesn't stop in Cincinnati.  —  Washington  —  The woman who helped expose IRS abuse of conservative activists has more news to share …
Ellen Sturtz / Washington Post:
Why I confronted the first lady  —  Ellen Sturtz is a retired public servant and an advocate for LGBT equality.  —  When Barack Obama was running for President in 2008, I thought he was serious about protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from workplace discrimination.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Intelligence for Dummies  —  Question for the day: Do you feel more secure or less secure, now that you know the government is keeping a gargantuan pile of information about everybody's telephone calls in the name of national security?  —  You have heard, I'm sure, that the National Security Agency …
Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
Santa Monica gunman killed father, brother, sources say  —  The two bodies found in a burning Santa Monica house - the starting point in a shooting rampage - are believe to be the brother and father of the suspected gunman, law enforcement sources told The Times.
New York Times:
Four Dead in Santa Monica Shooting
Dr. Susan Berry / BREITBART.COM:
REPORT: HOMESCHOOLING GROWING SEVEN TIMES FASTER THAN PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT  —  As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling.  Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
GOP Poll: Massachusetts Senate Race a Statistical Tie  —  A Republican polling firm has found that the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate is in a dead heat.  Democrat Ed Markey, the longtime congressman, leads Republican and first-time candidate Gabriel Gomez by just a point.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Joan Rivers to Switch With Bristol Palin on ABC's ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’  —  Melissa Rivers and Willow Palin will also participate in the summer cast, joining Nia Peeples, Tiffany and more.  —  Joan and Melissa Rivers  —  ABC has announced the first participating cast members for Celebrity Wife Swap.
Afghanistan: three Americans and one Italian killed in separate attacks  —  Two US troops and one American civilian are shot dead while Italian soldier dies in separate bomb attack on armoured convoy  —  Three Nato soldiers and a civilian have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.
Garance Franke-Ruta / Reuters:
Immigration Reform, or How the GOP Can Screw Up Its 2016  —  Immigration reform is the single most important issue for Latino voters.  Republicans who oppose it are having trouble accepting that reality.  —  This.  —  This is how the Republican Party can cancel out any progress …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
As summit opens, Obama presses Xi on cybersecurity issues  —  President Obama said Friday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping “can work together” on key cybersecurity issues, predicting the nations could arrive at a “firm understanding” to help prevent intellectual property theft and hacking.
Discussion: Politico
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
GLENN GREENWALD: The US Wants To ‘Destroy Privacy Around The World’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
As Bradley Manning Trial Begins, Press Predictably Misses the Point
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hot Air
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Mindful of Previous Defeat, Cantor Pushes Bill to Increase Pediatric Research
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The All-Seeing State  —  A few years ago, after one corruption scandal …
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World News:
Turkey's prime minister invokes Allah, demands protests end immediately
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama: Congress can pass immigration bill by the end of summer
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dershowitz To CNN: ‘Hearing Lot Of Lies’ From People Like Greenwald Who ‘Foment A Paranoid Streak’
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Manchin Seeks End to Widespread Anti-Terror Surveillance
Sen. John McCain / Politico:
The fishy deal on catfish