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2:30 PM ET, June 5, 2015


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ABC News:
Exclusive: Alleged Dennis Hastert Sex Abuse Victim Is Named By Family … In Steve Reinboldt's 1970 high school yearbook, wrestling coach Dennis Hastert wrote that Steve was his “great, right hand man” as the student equipment manager of the Yorkville, Illinois wrestling team.
New York Times:
Marco Rubio and His Wife Cited 17 Times for Traffic Infractions  —  Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, with his wife, Jeanette, after announcing his candidacy for the presidential nomination in Miami on April 13.  —  Senator Marco Rubio has been in a hurry to get to the top …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Marco Rubio's moment
Salvador Rizzo /
Gov. Christie attacks Hillary Clinton on voter registration  —  CONCORD, N.H. - Governor Christie went on the attack against Hillary Clinton on Friday, saying the Democratic presidential candidate is calling for an expansion of voter registration because “she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud.”
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Bankroller of Democratic Voting Rights Cases? George Soros
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Perry: Hillary Doesn't Grasp Voter ID Because She Doesn't Fly Commercial (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos, Off the Kuff and Shakesville
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Hillary Clinton Hits the GOP on Voter Suppression
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Tom Coburn On 2016: Cruz And Walker Not Ready For Primetime, America Won't Elect Another Bush  —  The former Republican senator from Oklahoma says that Rand Paul scares him to death, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are not ready for primetime, Rick Perry is not capable enough, and America will not elect another Bush to be president.
Dave Price / Politico:
Is Iowa over?  —  The caucus state fears it won't be a kingmaker in 2016.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Oliphant / Reuters:
Why Ted Cruz's candidacy isn't catching fire with U.S. Latinos
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Mike Allen / Politico:
IOWA'S BIG WEEKEND, amid fears state's clout is waning …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
City of Springdale Responds to Duggar Claims  —  SPRINGDALE, AR — Springdale City Attorney Ernest Cate released the following statement about releasing Josh Duggar's records to the media:  —  “On 5/20/15, in full compliance with Arkansas Law, the Springdale Police Department responded …
In Touch Weekly:
Duggar Interview: 7 Crucial Facts They Didn't Tell You — The Cover-Up Continues
Science publishes new NOAA analysis: Data show no recent slowdown in global warming  —  [Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET: Headline truncated; no longer refers to original study title.  Title was revised today by the journal Science at the time of publication]  —  A new study published online today …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Scientists Drop Science Bomb on Climate-Change Skeptics  —  Now there's <em>no way</em> conservatives can deny global warming, right?  —  1k  —  Shares  —  Over the last couple of years, the conservative movement, which loves science, has had a completely scientific-based reason for skepticism about climate change.
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Justice Scalia takes on commencement cliches in humor-filled speech  —  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered an off-the-bench opinion on graduation addresses Thursday, drawing laughter and applause as he criticized cliches that don't work during a commencement speech at an all-girls Catholic school.
Stormtrooper arrested outside Lynn school  —  Students in Lynn were surprised by a man dressed as a Stormtrooper outside their school Wednesday, and the man is now facing charges.  —  After snapping pictures and taking cell phone video, parents in Lynn could not stop talking …
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
Edward J. Snowden / New York Times:
Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance  —  MOSCOW — TWO years ago today, three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the United States.
Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, dies in Iraqi prison  —  Tariq Aziz (right) played a prominent role in Saddam Hussein's reign as Iraq's president  —  Tariq Aziz, known as the face of Saddam Hussein's regime on the world stage for many years, has died in an Iraqi prison, officials say.
Discussion: NPR
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
School Cancels Gay Valedictorian's Speech After He Said He Planned to Come Out  —  Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D), the first openly gay parent in Congress, is calling for an investigation into Twin Peaks Charter Academy after its principal decided to cancel a gay valedictorian's speech at graduation.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Helena Smith / Guardian:
Greece moves closer to eurozone exit after delaying €300m repayment to IMF  —  Athens takes creditor by surprise, saying it will bundle together €1.6bn of debt payments due to International Monetary Fund and settle up on 30 June  —  Greece has moved closer to default and possible exit …
Discussion: Spectator and The Week
Eight out of 10 Malala suspects ‘secretly acquitted’  —  Malala Yousafzai was seriously injured in a 2012 assassination attempt  —  Eight of the 10 men reportedly jailed for the attempted assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai were acquitted, it has emerged.
Jeet Heer / The New Republic:
Why Are Libertarians Mostly Dudes?  —  Rand Paul is polling terribly among women.  His political philosophy might be to blame.  —  Since 1980, the Republican Party has been bedeviled by a persistent gender gap in presidential elections, as GOP nominees have struggled with female voters.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse
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Bernie Sanders Lays Into Republicans For Their Attack On Social Security
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Discussion: Hollywood Life and In Touch Weekly
Scott Malone / Reuters:
Two friends of Boston bomber to be sentenced for hampering probe
Discussion: TalkLeft
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Saudi-led naval blockade leaves 20m Yemenis facing humanitarian disaster
Discussion: Common Dreams
Wall Street Journal:
The EPA Fracking Miracle
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Unions Subdued, Scott Walker Turns to Tenure at Wisconsin Colleges
Discussion: Althouse
Steven Lubet / The New Republic:
Alice Goffman's Denial of Murder Conspiracy Raises Even More Questions
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Unfogged
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Republicans Are Wrong About Obama's American Exceptionalism
Discussion: Washington Post and The Federalist
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP's shifting goal posts
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Jerry Useem / The Atlantic:
Why It Pays to Be a Jerk
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
New York Times:
Hacking Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers

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Thomas Barrabi / New York Post:
Google fires 28 employees over their participation in a 10-hour sit-in at the company's New York and Sunnyvale offices to protest its business ties with Israel

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