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11:05 AM ET, June 11, 2013


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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Solitary Leaker  —  From what we know so far, Edward Snowden appears to be the ultimate unmediated man.  Though obviously terrifically bright, he could not successfully work his way through the institution of high school.  Then he failed to navigate his way through community college.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic  —  Public Says Investigate Terrorism, Even IF It Intrudes on Privacy  —  OVERVIEW  —  A majority of Americans - 56% - say the National Security Agency's (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans …
Transcript: Exclusive Interview With House Speaker John Boehner on NSA Leak, Immigration Reform And More  —  House Speaker John Boehner sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on “Good Moring America” to discuss the NSA leak, immigration reform, the IRS scandal and much more.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Sen. Feinstein calls Snowden's NSA leaks an ‘act of treason’  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday said the 29-year-old man who leaked information about two national security programs is guilty of treason.  —  Feinstein said former National Security Agency Edward Snowden she doesn't see him as a hero or a whistle blower.
Abby D. Phillip / ABCNEWS:
House Speaker John Boehner: NSA Leaker a ‘Traitor’  —  House Speaker John Boehner today called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a “traitor” who put Americans at risk by releasing classified information to the media.  —  “He's a traitor,” the highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives …
Daily Mail:
Revealed: The acrobat girlfriend of NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden... who he abandoned when he fled the U.S.  — Lindsay Mills, 28, is reportedly the girlfriend Edward Snowden left behind when he leaked information about PRISM surveillance  —  The girlfriend of NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Leaks fallout: How bad could it be?  —  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper claims the recent wave of leaks has done “huge, grave damage” to our intelligence gathering capabilities.  —  Nonsense, says Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian columnist who served as the primary conduit for the leaks …
Rand Paul / Wall Street Journal:
Big Brother Really Is Watching Us  —  Monitoring hundreds of millions of phone records is an extraordinary invasion of privacy.  —  When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded …
Roger Simon / Politico:
The slacker who came in from the cold  —  Think you're a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished the military training you began?  —  Think you're a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?  —  Well, don't beat yourself up.
Discussion: Reuters
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
NSA leak is treason, says Feinstein
Discussion: Hot Air and
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden's NSA leaks are backlash of too much secrecy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Edward Snowden Is No Hero
New York Times:
Debate on Secret Data Looks Unlikely, Partly Due to Secrecy
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Secrecy News
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Most Americans back NSA tracking phone records, prioritize probes over privacy
Yahoo! News:
Intelligence chief Clapper: I gave ‘least untruthful’ answer on U.S. spying
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Perry Stein / Talking Points Memo:
Pew Poll: 56 Percent Of Americans Say Phone Tracking Is Acceptable Anti-Terror Tactic
New York Times:
Obama to End Effort to Restrict Morning-After Pill  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to stop trying to block over-the-counter availability of the best-known morning-after contraceptive pill for all women and girls, a move fraught with political repercussions for President Obama.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama administration will approve Plan B pill for women and girls of all ages
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Reuters
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Obama Plan B Decision: Feds To Comply With NY Judge's Ruling
Discussion: Gawker
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Labor backs immigration plan with million-dollar ad buy  —  (CNN) - As the U.S. Senate prepares for its first procedural votes on the “Gang of Eight” immigration plan, a top labor union is launching a seven-figure ad buy on cable television.  —  The Service Employees International Union …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tal Kopan / Reuters:
Bill Daley forms exploratory committee
Discussion: CNN, Chicagoist and First Read
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to rally support for immigration reform as Senate weighs bill
Discussion: Politico
New York Post:
Hillary's sorry state of affairs  —  Probes into her department's sex scandals were quashed, memo says  —  WASHINGTON — A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking staff of a massive coverup — including keeping a lid on findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's security detail …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Obama's power grab: Column  —  The common thread running through his scandals is an abuse of power.  —  “How ironic is that?  We wanted a president that listens to all Americans — now we have one.”  That was Jay Leno's take on the Obama administration's expanding NSA spying scandal …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Senate Passes Farm Bill; House Vote Is Less Sure  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a sweeping new farm bill on Monday that will cost nearly $955 billion over the next 10 years, the first step in a renewed attempt at passing legislation that will set the country's food and agriculture programs and policy.
Steven Ertelt /
IRS Caught on Tape Telling Nonprofit: “Keep Your Faith to Yourself”  —  The IRS scandal is deepening as a new tape has been released today showing a disturbing phone call the Internal Revenue Service placed to a non-profit organization.  —  Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life legal group …
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