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12:05 PM ET, June 6, 2015


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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Clinton Support Has Nowhere to Go But Down  —  I've long been bearish on Hillary Clinton.  It isn't that I particularly dislike her; I don't, and there are certainly a number of presidential aspirants that I like less.  I'm simply puzzled at what seems to be the conventional wisdom among Democrats I meet …
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 …
Fox News:
‘Dividing Americans’: Potential GOP rivals assail Clinton over fiery voting law speech  —  Accusing her of “dividing Americans” and political pandering, several of Hillary Clinton's potential Republican rivals fired back Friday after the Democratic frontrunner accused them of trying …
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: CANNONFIRE and Power Line
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Robert Reich Still Sees No ‘Convincing Explanation’ on Hillary Clinton Email
Laredo Morning News:
CBP helicopter comes under fire  —  A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was shot at Friday evening near La Bota Ranch, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said.  —  Cuellar said that out of the five shots, two were confirmed to have hit the helicopter.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
2016 field descends on Iowa for Joni Ernst shindig  —  The uncertainty surrounding the Iowa GOP's embattled straw poll means the ‘Roast and Ride’ gathering could end up being one of the state's most important retail politicking events of the year.  —  BOONE, Iowa—It's a newly created political event …
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
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.
New York Times:
A Detainee Describes More C.I.A. Torture  —  Anyone who had the time to read the summary of the 6,700-page report by Senate investigators on the federal government's program of torturing detainees captured after the Sept. 11 attacks knew, or at least suspected, that there was more to the sickening story.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
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.
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
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Nicholas Hirst / Politico:
Google's European mea culpa
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Verge
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
A Bipartisan Pledge to Get Iowa Caucuses Count Right in 2016
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Politico
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
California Farmers Dig Deeper for Water, Sipping Their Neighbors Dry
 Earlier Items: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Getty labels monkey as Mitt Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times denies American Bridge was behind Rubio report
Helen Nianias / The Independent:
Patrick Stewart backs bakery after ‘gay cake’ court battle
Discussion: Advocate and Big Think