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2:25 PM ET, June 2, 2015


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Poll: New speed bumps for Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton's 2016 announcement in under 2 minutes  —  Sen. Rand Paul running for president  —  Ted Cruz is first out of the gate in 2016 race  —  Is there room for a non-Hillary Democratic candidate?  —  Story highlights
Washington Post:
Frontrunner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low  —  After five months of forums, fundraising appearances and trips to the early states, the 2016 Republican nomination contest is as unsettled as ever, with no candidate receiving more than 11 percent support …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton unfavorable numbers highest in 14 years  —  Hillary Clinton is seeing her highest unfavorability ratings in 14 years, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday.  —  Just 46 percent said they view the Democratic presidential front-runner favorably, compared to 50 percent who said they have an unfavorable view.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Secret effort to sell Hillary Clinton to rich liberals  —  Winning over such donors is seen as critical to Clinton's White House prospects.  —  Getty  —  Hillary Clinton's allies are working to win over unenthusiastic rich liberals by pitting her against the Koch brothers …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Journalists Meet To Discuss Frustration With Clinton Campaign's Control Over Access And Information
Why We're Suspending the “Run Warren Run” Campaign  —  But we're still declaring victory.  —  Today we announce the suspension of our campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race.  There's no sugar-coating it: We didn't achieve our central goal.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Top pro-Elizabeth Warren group says she's out
‘Run Warren Run’ to Disband
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Megan Apper / BuzzFeed:
Huckabee On Transgender People: I Wish I Could've Said I Was Transgender In HS To Shower With The Girls  —  “There is something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment.”  —  View Video ›  —
Mark Peterson / New York Magazine:
Not the Bush You Think He Is  —  Jeb Bush is more ruthless than he looks, more conservative than moderates like to believe, and possibly more appealing to Latinos than Marco Rubio.  —  Photographs by  —  There's a substantial gulf between the Jeb Bush who served two formidable terms …
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush's Slippery Slope
Discussion: Politico
Gary Langer / ABC News:   Poll Reveals Hillary Clinton's Biggest Weakness
Dominic Tierney / The Atlantic:
Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?  —  At 9:44 p.m. on July 27, 1953, Harold Smith had just 16 more minutes of the Korean War to survive before a ceasefire came into effect at 10:00 p.m. You can imagine this 21-year old Marine from Illinois out on combat patrol that evening, looking at his watch, mentally ticking down the seconds.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
New York Times:
Poll Shows Americans Favor Overhaul of Campaign Financing  —  Americans of both parties fundamentally reject the regime of untrammeled money in elections made possible by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other court decisions and now favor a sweeping overhaul of how political campaigns …
Simon Maloy / Salon:
GOP's massive deception exposed: The Obamacare “contingency” plan they still won't deliver
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
Supreme Court unleashes its inner libertarian  —  Supreme Court rules on case about Facebook threats 01:44  —  Story highlights  —  Jeffrey Toobin is CNN senior legal analyst and author of “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Discussion: The Federalist and New York Times
Discussion: American Spectator
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: A raw deal for Hastert  —  As a Democrat, I know I'm supposed to cheer now that former Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has been charged with federal crimes.  But, in fact, I feel just the opposite.  —  It looks to me like he got a raw deal, and ended up the victim of an overzealous federal prosecutor.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Hot Air and RedState
Annie Martin / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Volusia School Board chair apologizes for remarks at Seabreeze graduation  —  DAYTONA BEACH — Volusia County School Board Chairwoman Linda Costello has apologized after parents and graduates were insulted by her comments Sunday during Seabreeze High School's graduation ceremony.
Discussion: Progress Pond
Sarah Boesveld / National Post:
Becoming disabled by choice, not chance: ‘Transabled’ people feel like impostors in their fully working bodies  —  Oh, The Humanities: Part of a series showcasing research at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences this week.  —  OTTAWA — When he cut off his right arm with a …
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and The Federalist
Associated Press:
FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities  —  3 photos  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies …
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
A Day at a High School Rodeo with Dick Cheney  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney doesn't seem all that ruffled by his villainous public persona.  —  During a recent trip to a high school rodeo in Casper, Wyo., Mr. Cheney responded to a question about his unpopularity by flashing his signature uneven grin.
Official Laverne Cox Tumblr:
On May 29, 2014, the issue of timemagazine magazine which proclaimed the “Transgender Tipping Point” was revealed with me on the cover.  June 1, 2015 a year and 3 days later, Caitlyn Jenner's vanityfair cover was revealed proclaiming #CallMeCaitlyn I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving.
Adrian Chen / New York Times:
The Agency … Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, got a call from a resident who had just received a disturbing text message.  “Toxic fume hazard warning in this area until 1:30 PM,” the message read.
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul, Ron Wyden Release Nine Amendments to USA Freedom Act  —  According to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's presidential campaign, Sunday's votes on the USA Freedom Act amounted to a partial victory and a total fulfillment of Paul's promise.  The Republican had said he would make the Patriot Act expire.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Campus Crusaders  —  Every generation has an opportunity to change the world.  Right now, college campuses around the country are home to a moral movement that seeks to reverse centuries of historic wrongs.  —  This movement is led by students forced to live with the legacy of sexism …
Boston Globe:
Tsarnaev's friend sentenced to six years in prison for obstruction  —  Last week, slain MIT officer Sean Collier's step-father said in a court filing his son's murder “absolutely could have been prevented” by Dias Kadyrbayev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's college friend.  —  On Tuesday, Kadyrbayev was sentence to six years of jail time.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Natasha Velez / New York Post:
Deranged man attacks tourist during subway rush hour  —  Police are looking for this man in connection with the subway attack.  —  A Swedish tourist was assaulted by a deranged man aboard a Brooklyn train, police said.  —  The victim, 29, was on the A train near Euclid and Pitkin avenues …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York's PIX11
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