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10:20 AM ET, June 4, 2015

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Politico:
The campaign to put Julian Castro on Hillary Clinton's VP shortlist  —  It's way too early, Clinton insiders say.  But the Castro buzz is useful as Democrats court Hispanics.  —  Getty  —  The Democratic National Convention isn't for 13 months, and Hillary Clinton isn't the party's nominee …
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Lindsey Graham compares Hillary Clinton to Kim Jong Un  —  Lindsey Graham says Hillary Clinton is avoiding media questions on the campaign trail because she lacks confidence in her own foreign policy record.  —  “Well, it's easier to talk to the North Korean guy than it is her,” …
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Martin O'Malley counters Hillary Clinton: I'm not new to immigration reform
Discussion: ABC News
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Dems, Gowdy spar over Hillary Clinton emails
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Clinton rivals pounce as her ratings fall  —  A once-sleepy Democratic presidential primary contest is fast coming alive as Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers fall and a diverse array of long-shot opponents step forward to challenge her.  —  The recent developments mark a dramatic evolution …
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Lincoln Chafee Talks Peace with Islamic State, Forgiveness for Edward Snowden, and the Metric System for All
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Cruz apologizes for Biden joke at Livingston Co. dinner  —  Howell — GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz used a speech before Livingston County Republicans on Wednesday night to tell jokes about liberals and Democrats, including Joe Biden on the week the vice president lost his eldest son to brain cancer.
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Ted Cruz / Facebook:
It was a mistake to use an old joke about Joe Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize.  The loss of his son is heartbreaking and tragic, and our prayers are very much with the Vice President and his family.
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Limbaugh to GOP: Don't accept Caitlyn Jenner  —  Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh thinks Republicans should reject Caitlyn Jenner, even if she agrees with them politically.  —  Limbaugh said on his radio show Tuesday that liberals are trying to “redefine normalcy” …
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Rhonda Garelick / New York Times:
The Price of Caitlyn Jenner's Heroism
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Discusses Caitlyn Jenner At 3AM, Goes Completely Off The Rails
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Story highlights  —  (CNN)Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.  —  But Rahim, a 26-year-old security guard …
New York Times:
Inequality Troubles Americans Across Party Lines, Times/CBS Poll Finds  —  Americans are broadly concerned about inequality of wealth and income despite an economy that has improved by most measures, a sentiment that is already driving the 2016 presidential contest, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
Discussion: Slantpoint and Prairie Weather
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New York Times:
Americans' Views on Income Inequality and Workers' Rights
Discussion: Common Dreams
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
White House Brief: Things to Know About Rick Perry  —  Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is entering the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday.  Key things to know about him:  —  THE BRIEF  —  The longest-serving governor in Texas history, Perry was a Democrat who became …
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Associated Press:   A ‘Humbler’ Rick Perry Hopes 2016 Bid Goes Better Than First
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Dish Network in Merger Talks With T-Mobile US  —  Dish and T-Mobile have agreed Charlie Ergen would be chairman and John Legere CEO, sources say  —  Dish Network Corp. is in talks to merge with T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter said, a deal that would accelerate a wave …
Gawker:
Gawker Media Votes To Unionize  —  Yesterday, more than 100 Gawker Media editorial employees voted on the question of whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East for the purpose of collective bargaining—that is, whether we want to form a union.  The results are in.
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Obama Bets It All on the Mullahs  —  The president looks to secure his legacy with a deal that would prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.  But can he stave off the hawks both here and in Tehran?  —  The moment of truth for U.S.-Iranian relations—and for President Obama's foreign policy legacy— is nearly upon us.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama's trust-me approach falls flat with Democrats  —  President Obama's argument that Democrats should trust his vision on trade is falling flat on Capitol Hill.  —  Democrats — even some of Obama's closest allies — say it's not enough for the president to pronounce his trade agenda the most progressive in history.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Fiscal Times:
To Overcome Rising Inequality, Workers Need More Bargaining Power  —  The Fiscal Times  —  There is widespread agreement that inequality increased over the last several decades, but why that has happened is the subject of considerable debate.  — Is it because technological change reduced the number of good, middle class jobs?
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ben Carson Reports Big Earnings From Books, Speeches  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, earned between $8.9 million and $27 million in a recent 16-month period, largely fueled by book royalties, speaking engagements and Mr. Carson's service on the board of directors for two big companies.
Discussion: Progress Pond and Political Wire
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Voting Case Has Potential to Put House Further Out of Reach for Democrats  —  In 2012, Republicans won a majority of seats in the House even though more people voted for Democratic candidates over all.  This is because of structural biases, factors that allow a party to outperform its share of the popular vote.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP open to extending ObamaCare subsidies  —  House conservatives are hinting at support for a temporary extension of Obama-Care subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law, even as they set up a working group to develop their own plan.  —  The high court is set to rule later this month …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is the Other Party  —  How negative partisanship is dividing Americans and shaping the outlook for the 2016 election  —  Which candidate will emerge from the crowded Republican presidential field next year?  Can anyone stop or at least slow …
 
 
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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
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Tampa Bay Times:
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James Hibberd / EW.com:
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
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