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11:55 PM ET, June 4, 2015

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Chinese breach data of 4 million federal workers  —  Hackers working for the Chinese state breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, U.S. officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify about 4 million current and former federal employees …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Suspects Hackers in China Breached About 4 Million People's Records, Officials Say  —  Described as one of the largest thefts of government data ever seen  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing an apparently far-reaching penetration of data held by the Office …
Sam Schumach / U.S. Office of Personnel Management:
OPM to Notify Employees of Cybersecurity Incident  —  WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information (PII).
Discussion: Politico, CBS DC and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Data Breach Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers
Discussion: Power Line, The Atlantic and Guardian
CNN:   Cyberattack compromises government workers
Fox News:
At least 4M federal employees potentially affected by major cybersecurity breach
Discussion: Allen West Republic
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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Fox News:
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 …
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.
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
HEY LENA, WHY NOT LAUGH OFF EVERYONE'S SEXUAL “EXPERIMENTS” AS YOU HAUGHTILY ENJOY REWARDS FOR YOUR OWN PERVERSION?  YOU PEDOPHILE, YOU  —  Radical liberals in media who have total control over public narratives are disgusting hypocrites, so says my daughter.  Go get 'em, Bristol!  Read her post!
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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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Says G.O.P. Rivals Try to Stop Young and Minority Voters
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Advocate
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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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 …
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Therese Apel / The Clarion Ledger:
Family members charged for cheering at graduation  —  Foster: “We just asked them to wait until the end so everyone has an opportunity to hear their graduate's name.”  —  CONNECT  —  Senatobia School District's superintendent said he pressed charges on people who cheered out of turn …
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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
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Democrats, Don't Freak Out!  —  Hillary Clinton's poll numbers were always going to fall a little.  That doesn't change anything.  —  George W. Bush is popular again.  —  According to a new poll from CNN, the majority of Americans—52 percent—have a “favorable” view of Bush …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham Compares Hillary Clinton To North Korea's Kim Jong Un
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
Elana Schor / Politico:
EPA: Fracking's no big threat to water  —  For both anti-fracking groups and the industry, it's another example of Obama's mixed messages on fossil fuels.  —  The Environmental Protection Agency's long-awaited report on fracking dismayed liberal green groups Thursday while pleasing the oil …
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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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Gdrosenblum / CBS San Francisco:
Selfie With Parents' Sex Toys?  Alameda Teacher Accused Of Assigning Bizarre Extra Credit For Sophomores  —  ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Parents of students at Encinal High School in Alameda want a teacher fired after they say he sent them home with an extra credit assignment of finding sex toys …
 
 
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Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Assisted-death bill approved by California Senate
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Emily Schultheis / National Journal:
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Ilan Ben-Meir / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
In Vermont, Frustrations Mount Over Affordable Care Act
New York Times:
Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border