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8:05 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
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  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)Four million current and former federal employees may have had their personal information hacked, the Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday.  —  The agency, which is conducts background checks …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Suspects Hackers in China Breached About 4 Million People's Records, Officials Say
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Fox News:
At least 4M federal employees potentially affected by major cybersecurity breach
Discussion: Mashable
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!
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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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Says G.O.P. Rivals Try to Stop Young and Minority Voters  —  HOUSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday accused Republicans including her potential rivals Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry of “deliberately trying to stop” young people and minorities …
Discussion: Shakesville
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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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Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Marco Rubio just made another confusing comment about his Middle East policy
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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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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: The Verge and The Week
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: /Film
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton and the frenzy of the media  —  “Mobs of reporters and cameramen and other Big Timers were out there wearing bush jackets with leather straps running this way and that and knocking back their Pepsi-Colas and Nehis and yelling to each other and mainly just milling about …
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: Associated Press and NBC News
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP's shifting goal posts  —  It's said that if you're not liberal when you're young, you have no heart, and if you're not conservative by middle age, you have no brain.  —  By this standard, our Democratic presidential candidates have lost their minds.
Discussion: Guardian and Democratic Strategist
epa.gov:
Hydraulic Fracturing Study - Draft Assessment 2015  —  The U.S. Congress urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water.  This report synthesizes available scientific literature and data to assess the potential …
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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
 
 
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Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Carly Fiorina Is Not Running for Vice President
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Hillary Clinton Cannot Afford to Lose Black Voters
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Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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Democrats, Don't Freak Out!  —  Hillary Clinton's poll numbers …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Bernie Sanders: Let's Spend $5.5 Billion to Employ 1 Million Young People
Discussion: American Spectator
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