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8:55 AM ET, June 6, 2015


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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Hillary Clinton's Grand Strategy to Beat the GOP: Take Bold Positions Early and Often  —  For the better part of 20 years now, Bill Clinton's presidency has been synonymous with a hazy political concept called triangulation.  Since his advisers made the term famous, it has been used …
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 and Power Line
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 …
Salvador Rizzo /
Gov. Christie attacks Hillary Clinton on voter registration
New York Times:
Rubios on the Road Have Drawn Unwanted Attention  —  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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times denies American Bridge was behind Rubio report
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Democratic Oppo Firm's Fingerprints on NYT Rubio Hit
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.
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD finds officers were justified in fatal shooting of mentally ill man, sources say  —  Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and the Police Department's independent watchdog have determined that two officers were justified in fatally shooting Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man whose killing …
Discussion: The Week, Reuters and Twitchy
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 …
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 …
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: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
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 …
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: Hot Air, Washington Post and WQAD-TV
Fox News:
Jessa: Josh Duggar was ‘in puberty and a little too curious about girls’  —  Jessa Seewald detailed the sexual abuse she and sister Jill Dillard experienced at the hands of their older brother Josh Duggar in a sit-down interview with Megyn Kelly, set to air Friday night during “The Kelly File” at 9 p.m.
Discussion: Raw Story and
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
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Ex-boyfriend sought in woman's slaying
Nicholas Hirst / Politico:
Google's European mea culpa
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
A Bipartisan Pledge to Get Iowa Caucuses Count Right in 2016
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Thousands pay tribute to Beau Biden
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
California Farmers Dig Deeper for Water, Sipping Their Neighbors Dry
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Getty labels monkey as Mitt Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Helen Nianias / The Independent:
Patrick Stewart backs bakery after ‘gay cake’ court battle
Discussion: Advocate and Big Think
Washington Post:
Caitlyn Jenner comes out, and social conservatives take an apocalyptic view
Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, dies in Iraqi prison
Discussion: NPR
Stormtrooper arrested outside Lynn school
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
The EPA Fracking Miracle