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8:40 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 …
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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 …
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 …
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Robert Reich Still Sees No ‘Convincing Explanation’ on Hillary Clinton Email … Robert Reich, who served during the administration of former President Bill Clinton as the secretary of labor, will appear on “This Week Sunday morning.  Before his appearance, we asked him five questions …
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Salvador Rizzo / NorthJersey.com:
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.”
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Coming Democratic Panic  —  Watch what happens if Hillary Clinton falls behind in the polls.  —  When a CNN poll last week showed Hillary Clinton leading Rand Paul by a single percentage point (48-47) and only three points ahead of Marco Rubio (49-46) and Scott Walker (49-46), it was mildly shocking.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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 …
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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: The Week, Daily Kos and SCOTUSblog
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Anti-war activist confronts Sen. Tom Cotton  —  Hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton was confronted by an anti-war activist on Friday, provoking a tense and awkward exchange about the United States's role overseas.  —  Fred Boenig, whose son died in Afghanistan in 2010, was seated next to Cotton …
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.
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James Oliphant / Reuters:
Why Ted Cruz's candidacy isn't catching fire with U.S. Latinos
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
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 …
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Washington Post:
Ben Carson's campaign faces turmoil amid staff exits and super PAC rivalry  —  The presidential candidacy of Ben Carson, a tea party star who has catapulted into the top tier of Republican contenders, has been rocked by turmoil with the departures of four senior campaign officials and widespread disarray among his allied super PACs.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lone Star Stumble  —  Remember the Texas economic miracle?  In 2012, it was one of the three main arguments from then-Gov. Rick Perry about why he should be president, along with his strong support from the religious right and something else I can't remember (sorry, couldn't help myself).
Discussion: Washington Post, Hullabaloo and Vox
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
A Bipartisan Pledge to Get Iowa Caucuses Count Right in 2016  —  With Iowa's first-in-the-nation franchise on the line, Republican and Democratic leaders are showcasing new technology they say will ensure timely and accurate results from their February 2016 presidential nominating caucuses.
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
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Dave Price / Politico:
Is Iowa over?  —  The caucus state fears it won't be a kingmaker in 2016.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Skylar Gallop / KLTV-TV:
‘Ghetto’ awards anger E. Texas middle school parents  —  Some trouble today for a couple of Sulphur Springs Middle School teachers after they handed out classroom awards to each student bearing the moniker, “The Ghetto Classroom” awards.  One student received the “Huh?” award.
Brian Everstine / Air Force Times:
Carlisle: Air Force intel uses ISIS 'moron's' social media posts to target airstrikes  —  OPSEC isn't the Islamic State group's strong suit.  —  Airmen at Hurlburt Field, Florida, used social media posts by the insurgent group to track the location of an Islamic State group headquarters building.
Discussion: Washington Post, WQAD-TV and Hot Air
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: Advocate and Big Think
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
California Farmers Dig Deeper for Water, Sipping Their Neighbors Dry  —  Early one morning in late April, Parvinder Hundal stood beside a hole in the ground at the edge of his almond farm near Tulare in the Central Valley of California.  The hole, which was about the size of a volleyball …
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
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 …
 
 
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
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Washington Post:
Caitlyn Jenner comes out, and social conservatives take an apocalyptic view
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bernie Sanders Lays Into Republicans For Their Attack On Social Security
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BBC:
Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, dies in Iraqi prison
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Jeet Heer / The New Republic:
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New York Times:
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Helena Smith / Guardian:
Greece moves closer to eurozone exit after delaying €300m repayment to IMF
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