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12:45 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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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.
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
Discussion: Slate
Politico:
Marco Rubio rise sets collision course with Jeb Bush
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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: WTVR-TV and Raw Story
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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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 …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Iraqi leader decries ‘failure’ of world to confront Islamic State gains  —  PARIS — After a string of victories by Islamic State militants, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed Tuesday for more international military support, saying Iraq's ground forces were largely going it alone despite promises of help.
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John Irish / Reuters:
U.S. says 10,000 Islamic State militants killed in nine-month campaign
Discussion: The Long War Journal and The Week
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama confident in the TSA despite failure to detect explosives  —  President Obama has confidence in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) despite the ease with which undercover agents were able to smuggle explosives into airports, the White House said Tuesday.
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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
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
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 …
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
cms.gov:
March 31, 2015 Effectuated Enrollment Snapshot … About 11.7 million Americans selected plans through the Health Insurance Marketplaces as of February 22, the end of the “in-line” special enrollment period for 2015 Open Enrollment for individual market coverage.
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 …
KXAN-TV:
Video shows Austin officers thrown back from exploding car  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police Department and Fire Arson investigators are looking into the cause of an explosion that sent three people, including two police officers, to area hospitals early Tuesday morning.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Mediaite
Joel Snape / Telegraph:
Manspreading arrests: the long arm of the law just invaded our personal space  —  As two men are arrested for ‘manspreading’ on the New York metro, Joel Snape argues that we should all take a bit of responsibility rather than making anti-social behaviour illegal
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 …
 
 
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz: ‘Tom Brady was framed’
Discussion: Mediaite
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
US Congress passes surveillance reform in vindication for Edward Snowden
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Why Is It a Crime to Evade Government Scrutiny?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Instapundit
Demos:
The Retail Race Divide: How the Retail Industry Is Perpetuating Racial Inequality in the 21st Century
Discussion: The Nation, Salon and Washington Post
Mary Cheney / Fox News:
It's time for Republican Party leaders to embrace marriage equality
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Republican wins Mississippi congressional seat
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
House panel moves to block State funding over Benghazi emails
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Lincoln Chafee Set to Enter Democratic Presidential Field
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
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
This astonishing chart shows how moderate Republicans are an endangered species
Discussion: Daily Kos