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4:10 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:
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.
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.
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.
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Hillary's huge plummet in new poll
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Does Anybody Remember Lincoln Chafee's Facebook Password?  —  Getting ready to launch a presidential campaign is a lot of work.  There's a speech to write, staff to hire, and social-media profiles to touch up.  —  That last task is tripping up Lincoln Chafee, a former Rhode Island governor …
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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: Hot Air, Above the Law and Slate
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Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Why a 20-candidate field would actually be great for the GOP in 2016  —  In the past week, several more Republicans, with varying degrees of gravitas, have joined an already crowded field of contenders.  Lindsey Graham became the fourth sitting senator to enter the race.
Discussion: Hot Air and FishbowlDC
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.
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 …
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 …
Julie Fancher / Crime Blog:
Fifth family member arrested after Dallas teen's forced abortion is charged with sex assault of a child  —  Robert Joseph Cayald, 22, is accused of raping the teen.  —  Police say they've arrested a fifth family member of a 14-year-old girl whose cousins are accused of beating her to abort the baby.
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.
WSB-TV:
Man raises eyebrows carrying rifle through Atlanta Airport  —  ATLANTA —  A man carrying a rifle inside the Atlanta airport wasn't breaking any laws, but he did raise a few eyebrows, including those of some Atlanta police officers.  —  Jim Cooley says he carried his gun through …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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: Liberaland and Washington Post
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Axelrod: Clinton “Hurt” By Only Doing “Sporadic” Events, Challenge Is For Her To Take “Risks”  —  “I think inevitability is not her friend.  I think it's a real burden.”  —  View Video ›  —  buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com  —  Former Obama strategist David Axelrod says Hillary Clinton's …
Christal Hayes / Orlando Sentinel:
101 busted in joint Lake, Polk sex sting  —  Orlando community activist Ahmad Saleem drove to a Clermont-area house intending to meet a 12-year-old girl he had been chatting with online for sex in a vehicle with a specialty “Invest in Children” license plate, authorities said Tuesday.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Tribune reduces staff in cost-cutting move  —  The Chicago Tribune is eliminating about two dozen positions, including 10 in the newsroom, in a cost-savings measure, sources said.  Notice of the layoffs began Wednesday.  —  A Chicago Tribune spokesman would not confirm the number …
Discussion: Poynter. and Chicago
Edward Schlosser / Vox:
I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me  —  I'm a professor at a midsize state school.  I have been teaching college classes for nine years now.  I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly on my student evaluations.
New York Post:
Cop busted for buying diamond ring with dead man's credit card  —  The officer allegedly bought the diamond ring at Zales' online store.  —  An NYPD officer who found the body of a Manhattan man used the victim's credit card number to buy herself a pricey diamond ring, authorities said Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
De Blasio's Gang Rationale  —  Whatever happened to ‘black lives matter’?  —  Shootings are up in New York this year over last, as they are in many big American cities.  So are murders.  But not to fret, says Mayor Bill de Blasio.  —  “I think it's clear that what we have primarily …
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker: Women Mostly Worry About Rape Pregnancies ‘In The Initial Months’  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Monday that he'd be willing to sign a 20-week abortion ban without exceptions for rape or incest, adding that women were mostly concerned about those issues “in the initial months” …
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 …
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.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Discusses Caitlyn Jenner At 3AM, Goes Completely Off The Rails  —  Fox News' gritty 3 AM talk show Red Eye has been described as “being at a bar with your friends and hearing all their opinions” — if your friends are all the kind of people who want to be Fox News contributors enough that they'll take the 3 AM slot.
 
 
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