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Nick Gass / Politico:
Lincoln Chafee doubles down on metric conversion  —  Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee did not give a centimeter on his defense of the metric system Thursday, touting the economic benefits and the symbolic importance of the United States joining the rest of the world in implementing the measurement scale.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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
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.
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
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Rick Perry, Shrugging Off 2012, Announces He Will Run Again for President
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
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 …
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
ULTIMATE XI — YOU DECIDE  —  It's the biggest match in club football, with this year's European Champions League final between the champions of Spain and Italy — Barcelona and Juventus — taking place on June 6 at Berlin's Olympiastadion.  —  Both sides are packed with star players.
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
As FIFA allegations swirled, Clintons gave Qatar a stage — and legitimacy
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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Steven Greenhouse / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Will Gawker go union?
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
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
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
Drew Mikkelsen / KING-TV:
Attorney says officer wasn't assaulted with skateboard  —  We're hearing for the first time from the attorney representing the family of the two step-brothers who were shot by an Olympia police officer.  Drew Mikkelsen reports.  —  CONNECT  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. - An attorney …
Discussion: Associated Press
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,” …
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
Nick Gass / Politico:
Jeb Bush to announce 2016 bid on June 15  —  In a tweet sent Thursday morning, Bush teases “Coming soon.”  —  Jeb Bush will officially enter the presidential race on June 15 in Miami, nearly six months after announcing that he was “actively” exploring running for the Republican nomination.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Tampa Bay Times:
Jeb Bush to announce for president June 15 in Miami
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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
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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
9 Completely Bonkers Things The Newest GOP Presidential Candidate Believes About The Constitution  —  Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce his bid to seek the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday.  It will be Perry's second attempt to secure a home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
 
 
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New York Times:
Let Transgender Troops Serve Openly
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Mark Green / fox13now.com:
Parents of teen who survived tragedy at Bear Lake speak; community rallies to mourn those who died
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
The Tragedy of the Monet in the Basement
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP open to extending ObamaCare subsidies
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and news@JAMA
The Fiscal Times:
To Overcome Rising Inequality, Workers Need More Bargaining Power
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ben Carson Reports Big Earnings From Books, Speeches
Discussion: Progress Pond
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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
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Whoa, If True: Hillary Clinton Blows Off Autograph-Seeking Voter
James Hibberd / EW.com:
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