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9:20 AM ET, June 12, 2013


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The Official Google Blog:
Asking the U.S. government to allow Google to publish more national security request data  —  This morning we sent the following letter to the offices of the Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Read the full text below.  -Ed.  —  Dear Attorney General Holder and Director Mueller
Cole Premo / CBS Minnesota:
Franken ‘Very Well Aware Of’ NSA Tracking Phone Records  —  ST. PAUL (WCCO) — US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he's not surprised by revelations that federal security agencies collect phone and computer data on American citizens.  —  The National Security Agency secretly gathered personal data …
Michael Isikoff / Open Channel:
FBI sharply increases use of Patriot Act provision to collect US citizens' records  —  The FBI has dramatically increased its use of a controversial provision of the Patriot Act to secretly obtain a vast store of business records of U.S. citizens under President Barack Obama, according to recent Justice Department reports to Congress.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Former President George W. Bush's Image Ratings Improve  —  Views of Bush more positive than negative for first time since 2005  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' views of former president George W. Bush have improved, with 49% now viewing him favorably and 46% unfavorably.
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:
George W. Bush Gets First Positive Rating Since 2005: Poll
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Little Birdie Told Me  —  WASHINGTON — In her first two days on Twitter, Hillary Clinton did not bother to follow the man she wants to follow.  —  No @BarackObama for @HillaryClinton as of Tuesday night.  —  Hillary debuted firmly entrenched in Clintonworld, following Bill, Chelsea …
Bill Clinton to be honored as ‘Father of the Year’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Nominee For Virginia Lieutenant Governor Misspells Own Book Title...On The Cover  —  E.W. Jackson's self-published book Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life has a big error on the cover.  Commandments — not “comandments.”
Noah Barkin / Reuters:
Germans accuse U.S. of Stasi tactics before Obama visit  —  (Reuters) - German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation when he lands in Berlin next week and one official likening …
Spiegel Online:
US Prism Scandal:
New York Times:
Obama Offers Endorsement of Immigration as Debate Is Set  —  WASHINGTON — As the Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to begin debating a new immigration measure, President Obama offered a wholehearted endorsement of the bipartisan proposal, which presents him with a chance to reach the kind …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
In 84-15 vote, Senate moves forward on immigration reform
Discussion: American Spectator
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate votes 82-15 in first step to debate immigration reform
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: US Muslim leaders ‘complicit’ in terrorist attacks  —  Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) on Tuesday said the failure of Muslim leaders to repudiate acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam makes them “potentially complicit” in these attacks.  —  “When the most devastating terrorist attacks …
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Kristi Noem Not Running for Senate #SDSEN  —  Noem announced Tuesday that she won't run for Senate.  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Republicans are now on track to avoid a costly, high-profile primary in the South Dakota Senate race next year.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Noem declines Senate run in South Dakota
Discussion: Politico
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Peter King: Journalists Who Report On Leaks Should Be Punished (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took a hardline Tuesday in the debate over intelligence leaks, arguing that journalists who report on classified information like the recently revealed National Security Agency surveillance programs should be punished.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
N.S.A. Disclosures Put Awkward Light on Previous Denials  —  WASHINGTON — For years, intelligence officials have tried to debunk what they called a popular myth about the National Security Agency: that its electronic net routinely sweeps up information about millions of Americans.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Wired
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Fire James Clapper
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Darrell Issa On IRS Investigation: Releasing Full Transcripts Now Would Be ‘Reckless’  —  WASHINGTON — One week after he released partial transcripts of interviews with IRS officials involved in the scandal surrounding the targeting of conservative groups, the chair of the House Oversight …
Yahoo! News:
Lindsey Graham: ‘If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham would propose censoring Americans' ‘snail’ mail if he thought it would help protect national security, the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday.  But for now, he says he doesn't think it's necessary.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Schmoozes Reporters At Secret Meeting  —  The president popped into an off-the-record briefing with reporters Monday.  —  Via: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with select reporters from some of the nation's largest print …
Des Moines Register:
Iowans: State, U.S. on diverging paths  —  The frustration with Obama stands in stark contrast to Iowans' feelings about the state of their state.  —  Results of this poll had Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and his Republican advisers doing a happy dance — he gets a job approval rating of 58 percent, his all-time high for this term.
Discussion: Politico
CBS News:
Most disapprove of gov't phone snooping of ordinary Americans  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Polling analysis by Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus  —  In the wake of the recent disclosure of two classified U.S. surveillance programs, most Americans disapprove …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Trailing, Gabriel Gomez takes fight to Ed Markey  —  Underdog Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez went all out in a debate against frontrunner Ed Markey Tuesday to pin Washington's ills on the longtime Democratic congressman.  —  Gomez said the national debt, now $17 trillion …
Discussion: CNN
Obama administration to drop limits on morning-after pill  —  (Reuters) - The Obama administration will scrap age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women and girls without a prescription.  —  The U.S. Department of Justice …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:   Obama didn't change his mind on Plan B, Justice changed its legal strategy
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Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
No Tax Reform Before The End Of This Decade
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Interns Win Huge Victory in Labor Lawsuit Against Fox
Discussion: Guardian
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Letterman: Obama Gave Sasha Justin Bieber's Phone Records For Her Birthday
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: Guardian, Gawker and The Daily Caller
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Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Why Should We Even Care If the Government Is Collecting Our Data?
Discussion: Via Meadia and Business Insider