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2:55 AM ET, June 13, 2013


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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Disapprove of Government Surveillance Programs  —  Americans split on whether leaker did the right or wrong thing  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans disapprove (53%) than approve (37%) of the federal government agency program that as part of its efforts to investigate terrorism obtained records …
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
NSA leaker Edward Snowden: U.S. targets China with hackers  —  HONG KONG — Edward Snowden, the self-confessed leaker of secret surveillance documents, claimed Wednesday that the United States has mounted massive hacking operations against hundreds of Chinese targets since 2009.
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
More Americans see man who leaked NSA secrets as ‘patriot’ than traitor: Poll  —  (Reuters) - Roughly one in three Americans say the former security contractor who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance activity is a patriot and should not be prosecuted, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Democratic Sen. Tester: Snowden Didn't Compromise National Security (VIDEO)
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
GOP congressman: Rate of pregnancies from rape is ‘very low’  —  Another Republican congressman ventured into the realm of rape and pregnancy Wednesday, saying at a committee hearing that incidences of pregnancy from rape are “very low.”  —  Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
No, Trent Franks Is Not Todd Akin  —  Ever since Todd Akin exposed his boundless stupidity, and handed Democrats political gold, by insisting that raped women can't get pregnant, liberals have been looking for more Akins.  They think they've found the latest one in Trent Franks, who …
Abby D. Phillip / ABCNEWS:
Massachusetts GOP Candidate Slams ‘Moron’ Lawmaker's Rape Comment
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Glenn Greenwald to Pete King: Bring it on  —  A number of commentators have already suggested that Edwards Snowden should be prosecuted for leaking explosive details about the NSA programs.  But today, for the first time, a member of Congress called for prosecution of Glenn Greenwald …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Rep. Peter King Calls For Glenn Greenwald's Arrest
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Wants Just One Reporter Prosecuted For NSA Leaks: 'I'm Talking About Greenwald'
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Rep. Peter King: There's a moral and legal obligation to punish reporters who leak classified info
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Burgess Everett / Politico:
First immigration reform votes stalled  —  Fewer than 24 hours after the Senate immigration bill cleared its first major hurdle, the legislation is facing its first procedural obstacle.  —  On Wednesday afternoon, both parties objected to the others' amendment proposals …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and The Daily Caller
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Marco Rubio crafting tougher amendment on gov't benefits for immigrants
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How conservatives are trying to kill immigration reform
Discussion: Immigration Reform
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
First look: The amendment that could upend the immigration debate
Discussion: Immigration Reform
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Arizona Senator's Son Used Homophobic, Anti-Semitic Language On Twitter  —  “He has apologized and I apologize as well,” says Senator Jeff Flake.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake's high school-aged son Tanner used Twitter to threaten the “faggot” who stole his bike that he “will find you …
Ed Markey / Conservative Intelligence Briefing:
6/13: Conservative Intel poll of MA-SEN  —  Re: Massachusetts Senate Special Election Poll  —  Democratic Congressman Ed Markey holds a formidable 12-point lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez in the race to succeed Secretary of State John Kerry.  However, there are clear signs of opportunity for Gomez.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Conservative group making big ad buy in Mass. Senate race
Discussion: Post Politics, KALW and Politico
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
MA Senate Poll: Markey 49, Gomez 37
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
AUDIENCE MEMBER CONFRONTS BILL MAHER AFTER COMIC SLAMMED SARAH PALIN'S SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD  —  Conservative Ron Futrell knew to expect plenty of left-of-center jibes when he settled into his seat to see Bill Maher at The Pearl Theater in Las Vegas June 8.  —  Futrell didn't think he'd hear …
Norm Clarke / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Ex-sports anchor chides Bill Maher
Greg Lindley / Facebook Newsroom:
Public Conversations on Facebook  —  Every day, hundreds of millions of people use Facebook to share their thoughts on big moments happening all around them.  Whether it's talking about a favorite television show, cheering on a hometown sports team or engaging with friends during a breaking news event …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NSA revelations only ‘the tip of the iceberg,’ says Dem lawmaker  —  The federal surveillance programs revealed in media reports are just “the tip of the iceberg,” a House Democrat said Wednesday.  —  Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said lawmakers learned “significantly more” …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Merkley waves Verizon phone, demands NSA chief share grounds for seizing data
Discussion: Politico
Liberty Unyielding:
Flashback: Sen. Biden says Americans shouldn't trust a president who spies on them  —  File this one under “aren't you glad we didn't elect an idiot like Sarah Palin to be one heartbeat away from the president?”  Actually, according to the current buffoon who is a heartbeat away from the president …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NewsBusters
Yahoo! News:
Joe Biden: Al Gore ‘was elected president’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bill Clinton splits with Obama on Syria  —  Bill Clinton told Sen. John McCain he agrees that President Barack Obama should act more forcefully to support anti-Assad rebels in Syria, saying the American public elects presidents and members of Congress “to see down the road” and “to win.”
Walter Shapiro / American Prospect:
Dear 2016 Democratic Upstart
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jeff Duncan questions IRS rifle usage  —  Rep. Jeff Duncan wants to know why IRS law enforcement agents are training with AR-15 rifles.  —  As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Booker, in Senate Race, Will Try to Match His Reputation  —  MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — With the announcement that Cory A. Booker would speak in five minutes, a crowd flooded the largely empty lawn at the gay pride celebration here over the weekend.  It took him twice that amount of time to reach the stage …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:
CIA's deputy director to be replaced with White House lawyer  —  The CIA's deputy director plans to resign and will be replaced by White House lawyer and agency outsider Avril D. Haines, Director John O. Brennan said Wednesday.  —  Haines, who will succeed career officer Michael Morell on Aug. 9 …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NRA hits former ally Manchin with new ads on gun control fight
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Demands Obama Apologize To Oklahoma For Investing In Climate Change Research
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Raw Story
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Blaming Cincinnati a ‘Nuclear Strike on Us,’ Says Cincy IRS Employee
Alan B. Krueger / White Blog:
Discussion: Wonkblog
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Panel rejects pulling sex assault cases from military's chain of command
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Michael Lind / Salon:
Libertarians: Still a cult
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Katie Dvorak / The Hill:
White House, Senate Republicans spar at closed-door meeting
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Plum Line
Craig Jarvis / Raleigh News & Observer:
NC bill would do away with handgun permits
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
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