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1:35 AM ET, June 5, 2015

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New York Times:
Data Breach Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees' data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion …
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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
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 …
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  —  U.S. officials suspect that hackers in China stole the personal records of as many as four million people in one of the most far-reaching breaches of government computers.
CNN:   Cyberattack compromises government workers
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Suspects Hackers in China Breached About 4 Million People's Records, Officials Say
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Marco Rubio's moment  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) is the most interesting GOP presidential candidate in the 2016 field, a field that is becoming a party embarrassment and will soon have more candidates than FIFA has indicted officials.  —  It includes candidates who are egotistical vanity players …
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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.
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Marco Rubio just made another confusing comment about his Middle East policy
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Says G.O.P. Rivals Try to Stop Young and Minority Voters
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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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Duggar Endorsements Disappear From Huckabee's Campaign Site
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!
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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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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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
Edward J. Snowden / New York Times:
Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance  —  MOSCOW — TWO years ago today, three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the United States.
Discussion: Engadget
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New York Times:
Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border
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.
Jerry Useem / The Atlantic:
Why It Pays to Be a Jerk  —  Smile at the customer.  Bake cookies for your colleagues.  Sing your subordinates' praises.  Share credit.  Listen.  Empathize.  Don't drive the last dollar out of a deal.  Leave the last doughnut for someone else.  —  Sneer at the customer.  Keep your colleagues on edge.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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.
KGW-TV:
Fake orca mission called off for day after engine trouble, capsize  —  Fake Orca in the water after engine trouble  —  ASTORIA, Ore. — After a rough start, a fake killer whale finally took to the water off Astoria, in an effort to scare off sea lions.  The mission was called off late Thursday …
Discussion: NBC News and Associated Press
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 …
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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