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3:40 PM ET, June 6, 2015


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Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
UPDATES** BREAKING: US CBP Chopper Down at Texas Border, Fired on from Mexico  —  Breitbart Texas has learned that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was shot down or forced to initiate an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas due to receiving gunfire from the Mexican side of the border.
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.
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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Coming Democratic Panic
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Dennis Hastert Hid His Skeletons As He Helped Push GOP's Anti-Gay Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — During the 2004 elections, George W. Bush's campaign, managed by a closeted gay man, pushed a series of anti-gay ballot initiatives across the country.  The House of Representatives …
Ken Palmer / USA Today:
Woman who killed cyclist can't use cellphone for 2 years  —  ST. JOHNS, Mich. — A woman whose car struck and killed a bicyclist last fall will have to go without a cellphone for more than two years, a judge has ruled.  —  Mitzi Nelson, 23, of DeWitt, Mich. also will serve two years …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Daily Mail:
Sepp Blatter named as former lover of Cristiano Ronaldo's ex Irina Shayk by Spanish media  —  Spanish daily El Mundo made the sensational claim about the roving-eyed football chief (left) and Bradley Cooper's girlfriend (pictured, right and with the Oscar-nominated star, inset) …
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.
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