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7:10 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
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 …
Washington Post:
Front-runner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low  —  (Rebecca Schatz and Julio Negron/The Washington Post)  —  After five months of forums, fundraising appearances and trips to the early states, the 2016 Republican nomination contest is as unsettled as ever …
Bloomberg Business:
Senate Votes to Renew U.S. Spy Programs, Sending Bill to Obama  —  Bill would the NSA's program of bulk-data collection, including phone calls.  —  t kate_hunterDC  —  The U.S. Senate passed and will send to President Barack Obama legislation to revive anti-terrorism programs …
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
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.
New York Times:
Senate Approves Bill to Rein In N.S.A. Surveillance
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Bill ending NSA phone data collection heads to Obama
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 …
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 …
Star Tribune:
AP Exclusive: FBI behind mysterious fleet of aircraft conducting surveillance over US cities
Discussion: Power Line and Shakesville
Hmsadusky / CBS Denver:
Kitchen Manager Fired For Giving Lunch To Students Without Money  —  AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - Della Curry is out of work, and unashamed, after being fired by the Cherry Creek School District.  —  A married mother of two, Curry is the former kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora.
Discussion: WTVR-TV
By David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
The inside story of how the Clintons built a $2 billion global empire  —  Chevy Chase was on the plane with Bill Clinton.  So was a former president of Brazil.  The founders of Google.  A former president of Mexico.  And John Cusack.  —  They were all going to Davos …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Garfinkel / Boston Herald:
Boston police: Man killed by FBI agent, cop during active terror probe  —  Photo by:  —  Boston police officers and detectives investigate at the scene of a shooting Tuesday morning at 4600 Washington St. in Roslindale.  —  By:  —  An armed man in his 20s being surveilled …
Evan Allen /
Man armed with ‘military-style’ knife shot, killed in Roslindale
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Fellow Congressman Was Told About Dennis Hastert Abuses, Source Says  —  WASHINGTON — At least one member of Congress was likely aware that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) allegedly sexually molested a former male student prior to his time in Congress.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Mail
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.
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.
New York Times:
Sepp Blatter, Under Investigation, to Resign as FIFA President  —  Sepp Blatter, who was re-elected last week for a fifth term as president of world soccer's governing body, said Tuesday that he would resign his position as law enforcement officials confirmed that he was a focus of a federal corruption investigation.
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 …
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 …
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 Kumbroch / WHNT-TV:
Bill scrapping marriage licenses hits Alabama House after passing Senate  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage.  It should settle a lot of questions once and for all.  At least, that's the idea.
Eliyahu Berkowitz / JP Updates:
Obama's Close Advisers Open Up About Strained Obama-Netanayhu Relationship  —  In advance of an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, Channel 2's Ilana Dayan interviewed the people who were most close to the president in the past years, finding out what happened to the US-Israel relationship …
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
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.
Baltimore Sun:
Elijah Cummings' Baltimore rowhome caught fire Tuesday  —  Congressman Elijah Cummings' West Baltimore rowhome caught fire Tuesday morning, a fire department spokesman said.  —  Firefighters were called to the three-story brick rowhome in the 2000 block of Madison Ave. at 10:42 a.m. …
Robert Patrick / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Two admit plot to bomb police station, kill St. Louis County prosecutor and Ferguson police chief  —  ST. LOUIS  • Two men admitted in federal court here Tuesday that they plotted to blow up a police station, vehicles and perhaps other targets, including the St. Louis County prosecutor and Ferguson police chief.
Steve Benen /
Ted Cruz believes JFK ‘would be a Republican today’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made a campaign stop in, of all places, Massachusetts over the weekend, where he spoke to several hundred supporters in one of the nation's bluest states.  As BuzzFeed noted, the far-right Texan even connected …
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Dennis Prager /
Differences Between Left and Right, Part II: Battling Society vs. Battling Yourself
Discussion: Truth Revolt
CBS Philly:
Rick Santorum On Pope Francis' Letter On Climate Change: ‘Leave The Science To The Scientist’
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Bob Schieffer heads to the Ivy League, accepts Harvard fellowship
Zack Kopplin / Slate:
Politicians, school boards, principals, and teachers are pushing creationism on kids.
Discussion: NOLA River and Raw Story
Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
Key U.S. Senator Doubts Ex-Im Bank Deserves Long-Term Renewal
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Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Why U.S. billionaires may not be able to buy the 2016 election
James Inhofe / Fox News:
Why every property owner should fear EPA's “waters of the United States” rule
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Campus Crusaders  —  Every generation has an opportunity to change the world.
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
A Day at a High School Rodeo with Dick Cheney
Natasha Velez / New York Post:
Deranged man attacks tourist during subway rush hour
Discussion: Gothamist and New York's PIX11
Dominic Tierney / The Atlantic:
Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: A raw deal for Hastert
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Booman Tribune