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2:50 PM ET, June 10, 2013


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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Code name ‘Verax’: Snowden, in exchanges with Post reporter, made clear he knew risks  —  He called me BRASSBANNER, a code name in the double-barreled style of the National Security Agency, where he worked in the signals intelligence directorate.  —  Verax was the name he chose for himself, “truth teller” in Latin.
Daniel Ellsberg / Guardian:
Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America |  Daniel Ellsberg  —  Snowden's whistleblowing gives us a chance to roll back what is tantamount to an ‘executive coup’ against the US constitution  —  In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
10 things to know about Edward Snowden  —  Edward Snowden burst in public view when the 29-year-old identified himself as the source of leaks about the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans.  Here are 10 things to know about Snowden.  —  1. Doesn't have a high school diploma.
New York Times:
Booz Allen Grew Rich on Government Contracts  —  WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden's employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, has become one of the largest and most profitable corporations in the United States almost exclusively by serving a single client: the government of the United States.
The Atlantic Online:
Edward Snowden in Hong Kong  —  I'm glad we have this information; I am sorry we are getting it from Hong Kong.  —  Three points:  —  1) I believe what I wrote two days ago: that the United States and the world have gained much more, in democratic accountability, than they have lost …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Greenwald: NSA leak doesn't jeopardize national security  —  Greenwald accused the government of trying to “scare the American public.”  —  Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian reporter who broke the story about the National Security Agency's phone and internet surveillance programs …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump: Edward Snowden ‘a bad guy’
Discussion: The Hill and
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Big Brother isn't watching you
Washington Post:
Code name ‘Verax’: Snowden, in exchanges with Post reporter, made clear he knew risks
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor vows ‘serious’ House investigation of NSA leaker Snowden
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Edward Snowden's choice of Hong Kong as haven is a high-stakes gamble
Edward Snowden leak exposes cracks in contractor system
Discussion: New Republic, First Read and The Hill
CBS News:
State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations  —  (CBS News) CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks.  —  The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS …
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
CBS News: U.S. State Department Cover-Ups Range From Prostitution Charges to Drug Rings
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Nice Deb
Apple Special Event, June 10, 2013 … Shop the Apple Online Store (1-800-MY-APPLE), visit an Apple Retail Store, or find a reseller.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror  —  When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy.  —  The image is still powerful, isn't it?  —  So are the anger, and the memories.  —  Most Americans don't just remember …
Discussion: The Dish and Prairie Weather
John Boehner begins to sketch immigration plan  —  Speaker John Boehner has been stunningly silent about his plans to move immigration reform through the House.  —  But privately, the Ohio Republican is beginning to sketch out a road map to try to pass some version of an overhaul in his chamber …
Caren Bohan / Reuters:   Rand Paul Open To Immigration Bill, Says Changes Necessary
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  June 10, 2013 - Booker Leads In First Look At New Jersey Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Buries Buono 2-1  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker has substantial leads over relatively unknown Democratic primary and general election opponents in a first look …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Report: Rep. Pallone joins NJ Senate race
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Favorability Slips Slightly  —  Unfavorable views up to 39%, from 31% in April  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hillary Clinton's favorability rating fell slightly in June to 58%, from 64% in April.  That is the first sub-60% rating Americans have given her since 2008.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
In 2001, Obama Predicted “Majoritarian Check” On Mass Surveillance In PATRIOT Act  —  “When we come to the wiretap provisions for example if those laws start encroaching too much on people's privacy the average person, me, Joe, everybody starts griping an complaining.”  —  View Video ›
Discussion: CBS DC and Weasel Zippers
Simon Johnson / Bloomberg:
Next Debt-Ceiling Histrionics Could Do Real Harm  —  At this stage in the U.S. recovery, there isn't much that fiscal policy can do to accelerate growth.  Some argue that we need another tax cut, while others would prefer increased spending.  —  Neither is going to happen on a significant scale.
Discussion: The Week and Real Time Economics
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Shrug  —  I've been in this economics business for a while.  In fact, I've been in it so long I still remember what people considered normal in those long-ago days before the financial crisis.  Normal, back then, meant an economy adding a million or more jobs each year …
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Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to nominate Furman to lead economic council
Discussion: Politico, The Week and CNN
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Leaking Secrets Empowers Terrorists