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2:25 PM ET, June 3, 2015

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Nick Gass / Politico:
George W. Bush outpolls Barack Obama  —  Americans now have a more favorable view of former President George W. Bush than they do of President Barack Obama.  —  It is the first time in more than a decade that Americans have expressed a favorable view of Bush, at least according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Obamacare's unlikely No. 1 city  —  The health-care law's top spot is a solidly Republican working-class town just 10 miles outside of Miami.  —  HIALEAH, Fla. — The unlikely epicenter of Obamacare lies in a solidly Republican working-class town just 10 miles outside of the Miami stomping grounds of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
CNN:
Obama approval heads down hill - CNNPolitics.com  —  Obama's job approval numbers are sinking as American attitudes about the nation's progress have taken a turn for the worse, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
CNN:
Warming on W.: More Americans like George W. Bush than dislike  —  Washington (CNN)The latest CNN/ORC Poll found warning signs for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but for his brother, former President George W. Bush, the poll reveals some happier news: For the first time in a decade, more Americans say they like him than dislike him.
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Hillary's huge plummet in new poll
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Marco Rubio sells his house of horrors  —  Marco Rubio finally sold his money-pit of a home in Tallahassee on Tuesday, freeing the presidential candidate from a nagging financial liability and allowing him to distance himself from his scandal-plagued co-owner, former Rep. David Rivera …
Discussion: Washington Post
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New York Times:
Jeb Bush, Taking His Time, Tests the Legal Definition of Candidate  —  WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush is under growing pressure to acknowledge what to some voters and a number of campaign finance lawyers seems obvious: He is running for president.  —  The lawyers say Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor …
Discussion: Above the Law and Slate
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Why a 20-candidate field would actually be great for the GOP in 2016
Discussion: Hot Air and FishbowlDC
Politico:
Marco Rubio rise sets collision course with Jeb Bush
Michael Quander / WREG-TV:
Warrants issued for people who cheered at Senatobia graduation  —  SENATOBIA, Miss. — “My 18-year-old daughter, Lanarcia Walker, graduated from Senatobia High,” Linda Walker said.  —  The pomp and circumstance did not last long for some Mississippi families.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and WTVR-TV
New York Times:
Democrats Challenge Voter Restrictions in Battleground States  —  Democrats allied with Hillary Rodham Clinton are mounting a nationwide legal battle 17 months before the 2016 presidential election, seeking to roll back Republican-enacted restrictions on voter access that Democrats say could …
Cameron / The Uncool:
A Comment on Allison Ng  —  From the very beginning of its appearance in the Sony Hack, “Aloha” has felt like a misunderstood movie.  One that people felt they knew a lot about, but in fact they knew very little.  It was a small movie, made by passionate actors who wanted to join me in making …
BostonGlobe.com:
Two men plotted to behead a police officer, official says  —  The man fatally shot by antiterrorism officers in Boston on Tuesday and the suspect arrested Tuesday night in Everett had conspired to kill a police officer, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the case.
Jen Steer / fox8.com:
Michael Brelo, brother face charges after fight  —  BAY VILLAGE, Ohio- The Cleveland police officer acquitted on manslaughter charges for the 2012 deadly police chase and shooting is wanted for assault.  —  Michael Brelo and his brother, Mark, are charged with one count each of misdemeanor assault …
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Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Police officer Michael Brelo faces assault charge in Bay Village
Alastair Jamieson / NBC News:
The Queen Isn't Dead (Despite What You Read on Twitter)  —  LONDON — A behind-the-scenes rehearsal of how the BBC will handle the death of Queen Elizabeth II ended with an apology Wednesday after one of its reporters mistakenly tweeted that the British monarch had passed away.
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
NY Democrats push Bloomberg to run for president  —  A dirty secret behind Hillary Clinton's lead in the Democratic presidential race is the lack of a credible challenger.  Despite rising voter disgust over sordid revelations about the Clinton Foundation, there is no appealing alternative.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, The Week and JP Updates
Bloomberg Business:
Take the Test to Get Into China's Top Universities  —  The grueling nine-hour gaokao is all that matters when applying for universities in China.  No one has ever got full marks.  —  During two days in June, 9 million Chinese high school graduates will take a college entrance test that will decide their future.
Discussion: NOLA River
Washington Times:
Bill Clinton's foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions … Bill Clinton's foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Iran nuclear stockpile grows 20 percent amid negotiations  —  International inspectors report that Iran's stockpile of nuclear fuel has increased about 20 percent over the past 18 months of negotiations, according to The New York Times.  —  The increase in Iran's stockpile was based …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple's Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy  —  Yesterday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored for ‘corporate leadership’ during EPIC's Champions of Freedom event in Washington.  Cook spoke remotely to the assembled audience on guarding customer privacy …
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Lincoln Chafee Set to Enter Democratic Presidential Field  —  Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican-turned-independent who became a Democrat while he was governor of Rhode Island, is expected to formally launch his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday.
interpol.int:
INTERPOL issues Red Notices for former FIFA officials and executives wanted by US authorities  —  LYON, France - At the request of US authorities, INTERPOL Red Notices - or international wanted persons alerts - have been issued for two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives …
Nicole Norfleet / Star Tribune:
Mpls. private school takes students to adult novelty store for sex ed lesson  —  The field trip upset some parents at Gaia School.  “It's just a major breach of trust,” said one parent.  —  Smitten Kitten owner Jennifer Pritchett.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  Some parents are outraged after the leader …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
For prosecutors, two questionable calls  —  Not every bad act is a crime.  Not every bad act that can technically be categorized as a crime should be pursued by prosecutors.  And not every bad act that clearly amounts to a crime should be pursued by prosecutors in the United States.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Danny Vinik / Politico:
Larry Summers backs a new idea for the Fed — almost  —  Over the past few years, an obscure economic policy idea has slowly been gaining support among liberal and conservative economists.  It hasn't made it into the mainstream agendas of either the Democratic or Republican Party.
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion
 
 
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WSB-TV:
Man raises eyebrows carrying rifle through Atlanta Airport
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
KXAN-TV:
Video shows Austin officers thrown back from exploding car
Discussion: Daily Mail and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Iraqi leader decries ‘failure’ of world to confront Islamic State gains
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz: ‘Tom Brady was framed’
Discussion: Mediaite
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
US Congress passes surveillance reform in vindication for Edward Snowden
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Why Is It a Crime to Evade Government Scrutiny?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama confident in the TSA despite failure to detect explosives
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
House panel moves to block State funding over Benghazi emails
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg Business:
Amazon Debuts Free Shipping on Small Goods, No Minimum Order
Discussion: The Verge, Mashable and Consumerist
Boyd Huppert / KARE-TV:
5th grade boys spot a bully and take action
Joel Snape / Telegraph:
Manspreading arrests: the long arm of the law just invaded our personal space