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3:55 PM ET, June 5, 2015


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New York Times:
Marco Rubio and His Wife Cited 17 Times for Traffic Infractions  —  Senator Marco Rubio has been in a hurry to get to the top, rising from state legislator to United States senator in the span of a decade and now running for president at age 44.  —  But politics is not the only area where Mr. Rubio …
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Democratic Oppo Firm's Fingerprints on NYT Rubio Hit  —  The New York Times Friday report that Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and his wife Jeanette have been cited 17 times for traffic violations was written after the citations were pulled by liberal opposition research firm American Bridge …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times denies American Bridge was behind Rubio report  —  The New York Times says its report about Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife's traffic violations did not came from an outside source, denying a Free Beacon allegation that the information was provided by American Bridge …
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.
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.”
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Robert Reich Still Sees No ‘Convincing Explanation’ on Hillary Clinton Email
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.
James Oliphant / Reuters:
Why Ted Cruz's candidacy isn't catching fire with U.S. Latinos
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Dave Price / Politico:
Is Iowa over?  —  The caucus state fears it won't be a kingmaker in 2016.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mike Allen / Politico:
IOWA'S BIG WEEKEND, amid fears state's clout is waning …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and SCOTUSblog
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justice Scalia Blows Creationist Dog-Whistle During Graduation Speech At Catholic High School  —  Justice Antonin Scalia spoke on Thursday at his granddaughter's graduation from a Catholic high school in Bethesda, Maryland.  During the speech, however, the sitting Supreme Court justice offered …
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.
Helen Nianias / The Independent:
Patrick Stewart backs bakery after ‘gay cake’ court battle  —  The actor and activist said the issue was complex, but believes the bakery should not be forced to write things they disagree with  —  Patrick Stewart has weighed into the ‘gay cake’ debate, saying that he supports the right …
Discussion: Big Think and Advocate
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 …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Getty labels monkey as Mitt Romney  —  Our colleague Bill Kuchman, assistant managing editor for design, spotted something unusual Thursday: A photo on Getty Images' website labeled as a photo of Mitt Romney in 2012 is actually of a monkey.  —  The monkey is wearing a red long-sleeved shirt and carries a bag over its shoulders.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bernie Sanders Lays Into Republicans For Their Attack On Social Security  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders laid into the Republicans and their calls to raise the retirement age and means test Social Security on Wolf Blitzer's show this Thursday: … Unlike the GOP, Sanders actually has a plan to keep …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Mitch McConnell Says Obama's Circuit Court Nominees Won't Be Confirmed Anymore  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have been slow-walking President Barack Obama's judicial nominees all year.  It looks like things are about to get even less productive.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
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
Cait Munro / artnet News:
Emma Sulkowicz Breaks New Ground With Troubling Video Performance  —  Emma Sulkowicz, the recent Columbia graduate who has taken the Internet by storm thanks to her year-long performance art project Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight, released a video, which shows two people …
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Bankroller of Democratic Voting Rights Cases?  George Soros  —  George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, in New York last year.  —  The billionaire philanthropist George Soros, whose first major involvement in politics was with a large-scale voter mobilization effort in the 2004 presidential race …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Hugh Naylor / Washington Post:
Quietly, al-Qaeda offshoots expand in Yemen and Syria
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Post:
Caitlyn Jenner comes out, and social conservatives take an apocalyptic view
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:
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New York Times:
Unions Subdued, Scott Walker Turns to Tenure at Wisconsin Colleges
Discussion: Althouse
Helena Smith / Guardian:
Greece moves closer to eurozone exit after delaying €300m repayment to IMF
Discussion: Spectator and The Week
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