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8:35 PM ET, June 4, 2015

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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Michelle Duggar Defends Smearing Transgender People As Pedophiles: It's ‘Just Common Sense’  —  During Wednesday night's interview with Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar about their son Josh's history of molesting his younger sisters, Fox News' Megyn Kelley pressed the conservative couple to justify their advocacy against LGBT equality.
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Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar: Sisters 'weren't even aware' of Josh's ‘wrongdoing’  —  Michelle Duggar told Megyn Kelly Wednesday that she and her husband were “devastated” when they learned their then-teenage son Josh had molested several of his sisters.  —  During an hour-long exclusive interview on …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Duggar Endorsements Disappear From Huckabee's Campaign Site  —  Endorsements from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of TLC's “19 Kids and Counting,” have disappeared from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) presidential campaign website.  —  The Duggar endorsements enjoyed top billing on the campaign site's …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Media Matters Exec, Editor For ‘The Nation’ Have No Clue Who Marcus Luttrell Is  —  Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced the launch of his 2016 presidential campaign today, complete with a freshly painted C-130 behind him and Navy SEALs to his left and right.
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Bristol Palin:
Let's Get This Straight, Liberals - What Kinds of Molestation are Acceptable?  —  I can't believe how crazy the media is going over the Duggar family compared to the big fat yawn they gave Lena Dunham when she wrote in her book that she sexually experimented with her sister.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Chinese hackers breach federal government's personnel office  —  Chinese hackers breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Suspects Hackers in China Breached About 4 Million People's Records, Officials Say
Fox News:
At least 4M federal employees potentially affected by major cybersecurity breach
Discussion: Allen West Republic
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Hillary leans hard into the battle over voting  —  As you may have heard, Hillary Clinton is already leaning into the ever-simmering battle over voting.  Her Democratic allies are preparing to wage a national legal battle against GOP state-level voting restrictions, and she is calling for a national 20-day early voting period.
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Josh Rottenberg / Los Angeles Times:
Josh Trank sets the story straight on why he left ‘Star Wars’  —  When Josh Trank announced May 1 that he was dropping out of a planned “Star Wars” spinoff film less than a year after being brought on to direct, it didn't take a Jedi master to intuit that the news would cause a major disturbance in the Force.
Discussion: Comicbook.com, /Film and Spinoff Online
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham Compares Hillary Clinton To North Korea's Kim Jong Un  —  Presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took a swipe at Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during a Thursday appearance on Fox News, comparing her to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Democrats, Don't Freak Out!  —  Hillary Clinton's poll numbers …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Science:
Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus  —  1National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), Asheville, NC 28801, USA.  —  2LMI, McLean, VA, USA.  —  Much study has been devoted …
Elana Schor / Politico:
EPA: Fracking poses no ‘widespread, systemic’ harm to drinking water  —  A long-awaited EPA report on hydraulic fracturing hands a victory to the oil and gas industry, concluding that the extraction process has “not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Is the Tide Turning against PC?  —  Has the contemptible Laura Kipnis Affair incensed the worm into turning?  Our own David French certainly hopes so.  “Feminists from Jezebel to The Nation have expressed concern about Kipnis's treatment,” French wrote on Monday, “and Jonathan Chait …
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Bfearnowcbs / CBS Houston:
Arrest Warrants Issued To People Who Cheered At High School Graduation  —  Senatobia, Miss. (CBS HOUSTON) — Four people who cheered at a Mississippi high school graduation may be thrown in jail after police issued warrants for their arrest.  The superintendent who filed the charges said it's …
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Twitter Just Killed Politwoops  —  A Twitter spokesperson just provided the following statement to Gawker regarding the apparent suspension of Politwoops' access to Twitter's developer API, which enabled the Sunlight Foundation-funded site to track tweets deleted by hundreds of politicians.
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Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Eulogy for Politwoops
Discussion: The Hill and Mashable
ABC News:
VP Biden Leans on Faith and Family in Mourning Son Beau … Friends and aides to Vice President Joe Biden say his deep family bonds and his strong reliance on faith are helping him cope with the passing of his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer last weekend.
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Oosting / MLive.com:
GOP hopeful Ted Cruz, after Joe Biden joke in Michigan speech, offers condolences to family
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Black Chicago Pastor: Dems ‘Failing’ Us  —  A pastor on the South Side is asking Republicans to talk to his flock after what he says are 50 years of disappointment from the other party.  —  CHICAGO — It is difficult to imagine a less likely GOP presidential campaign stop than O Block.
Alan Smith / Guardian:
Fifa made payment to FAI after Thierry Henry handball, claims John Delaney  —  The Football Association of Ireland chief executive, John Delaney, has confirmed that the body accepted a payment from Fifa after Thierry Henry's handball in the 2010 World Cup qualifying play-offs ended their hopes …
Discussion: Screamer
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RTÉ:
FIFA: ‘$5m loan’ given to FAI to stop legal action over Thierry Henry handball
Discussion: New York Times and USA Today
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Huckabee's Son Posted YouTube Video Of His Acting In Raunchy Film  —  John Mark Huckabee — son of presidential candidate Mike Huckabee — posted, then removed, a clip on his YouTube page of his acting in a raunchy, never-released, low-budget film.
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Marco Rubio just made another confusing comment about his Middle East policy  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) offered a somewhat confusing explanation of his Iraq policy in an appearance on Fox News' “Outnumbered” on Thursday.  —  Rubio seemed to express support for US troops being present in Iraq …
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Greg Endries / Vanity Fair:
The Complex Power Coupledom of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge  —  Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and political activist Sean Eldridge were once the ultimate team, but Hughes's controversial purchase of The New Republic and Eldridge's failed run for Congress made the once-heroes villains.
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Cusack Talks ‘Love & Mercy,’ Drug Trips, and How Obama Is ‘Worse Than Bush’  —  In a wide-ranging chat, the celebrated film star discusses his excellent biopic on Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, psychedelics, and why President Obama has let him down.  —  “I just say what I think, and if people don't like it, that's OK.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Chicago
 
 
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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Bernie Sanders: Let's Spend $5.5 Billion to Employ 1 Million Young People
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
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Mark Green / fox13now.com:
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