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4:05 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 …
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: Business Insider and The Week
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:   Secret effort to sell Hillary Clinton to rich liberals
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush's Slippery Slope
Discussion: Politico
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Journalists Meet To Discuss Frustration With Clinton Campaign's Control Over Access And Information
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 ›  —
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 …
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
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
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.
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Nevada plan to dump presidential caucus falls short
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and OnPolitics
New York Times:
N.S.A. Surveillance Bill Showdown Looms in Senate
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
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 …
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: Daily Mail and Progress Pond
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.
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
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.
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
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Hillary allows men at ‘women-only’ event amid weak turnout  —  Hillary Clinton had trouble attracting high-powered women to a New York talk hosted by Silda Wall Spitzer two weeks before her campaign officially kicks off.  Sources said that after ticket sales fizzled for an intimate …
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: RedState, Booman Tribune and Hot Air
James Inhofe / Fox News:
Why every property owner should fear EPA's “waters of the United States” rule  —  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announces steps under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants during a news conference in Washington.  (REUTERS) (REUTERS )
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 …
Naomi Schaefer Riley / New York Post:
The feminist revolution is eating its own  —  The revolution always eats its own.  That's the lesson from a recent essay by Northwestern University's Laura Kipnis.  —  Two students were so offended by her article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on why banning romantic relationships between faculty …
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Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Why U.S. billionaires may not be able to buy the 2016 election
Baltimore Sun:
Elijah Cummings' Baltimore rowhome caught fire Tuesday
Boston Globe:
Tsarnaev's friend sentenced to six years in prison for obstruction
Discussion: The Daily Caller
FIFA Statement on the South African Diaspora Legacy Programme
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Velez / New York Post:
Deranged man attacks tourist during subway rush hour
Discussion: Gothamist and New York's PIX11
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Anchor: I Am Sad That I'll Never See Bruce Jenner Again (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Marijuana church given tax-exempt status in Indiana: ‘Somebody at the IRS loves us’
Adrian Chen / New York Times:
The Agency … Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
While nobody was looking, the Islamic State launched a new, deadly offensive
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Another tortured effort by the GOP to help itself with minorities
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice