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11:20 AM ET, June 4, 2015

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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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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Rick Perry launches comeback White House bid  —  Who is Rick Perry?  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)This time, Rick Perry has nowhere to go but up.  —  Four years after his first presidential campaign was crushed by the weight of his debate gaffe and stump speech mishaps …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Rick Perry, Shrugging Off 2012, Announces He Will Run Again for President
Associated Press:   A ‘Humbler’ Rick Perry Hopes 2016 Bid Goes Better Than First
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
Bruna Nessif / E! Online:
Caitlyn Jenner Starring in New E! Docu-Series I Am Cait—Watch the First Promo!
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Discusses Caitlyn Jenner At 3AM, Goes Completely Off The Rails
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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: Bloomberg Business and The Week
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Jeb Bush to announce 2016 bid on June 15
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tampa Bay Times:
Jeb Bush to announce for president June 15 in Miami
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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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Wall Street Journal:
In Presidential Bid, Lincoln Chafee Calls For Metric System
Discussion: Hot Air
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Lincoln Chafee Talks Peace with Islamic State, Forgiveness for Edward Snowden, and the Metric System for All
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 …
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 …
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
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
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes  —  Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures
Discussion: NPR, The Week and Fusion
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
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
One Person, One Vote?:  Voting Case Has Potential to Put House Further Out of Reach for Democrats  —  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.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and news@JAMA
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Bill would ban noncompete clauses for low-wage workers  —  Two Democratic senators said Tuesday they will introduce legislation banning noncompete contracts for low-wage workers.  —  The bill from Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) would ban noncompete clauses …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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?
 
 
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Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
The Tragedy of the Monet in the Basement
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
As FIFA allegations swirled, Clintons gave Qatar a stage — and legitimacy
Discussion: Hot Air
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ben Carson Reports Big Earnings From Books, Speeches
Discussion: Progress Pond and Political Wire
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Obama Bets It All on the Mullahs
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Only Half of Iowa Republican Caucus-Goers Care if 2016 Candidates Attend Straw Poll
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
James Hibberd / EW.com:
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN EXPLAINS WHY THERE'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ON GAME OF THRONES
Discussion: Daily Mail and ABC News
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements.
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Former news anchor Kathleen Matthews announces bid for Congress
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Matthew Casey / Arizona Republic:
Attorney: Scottsdale yoga instructor was drugged