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8:05 AM ET, June 10, 2015

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Politico:
Rubio's ‘luxury speedboat’ is a fishing boat  —  In an effort to showcase Sen. Marco Rubio's history of financial struggles, The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Florida Republican had spent “$80,000 for a luxury speedboat” even as he faced outstanding debts.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ted Cruz team looks beyond Iowa, New Hampshire  —  Stuck in the pack in the Hawkeye State, the Texas senator looks to later-voting states.  —  He's stuck in the middle of the pack in Iowa, lags in polls, and much of the GOP donor class views him with disdain.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Embracing a New Approach on Battling ISIS in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — In a significant shift of strategy in Iraq, the Obama administration is planning to establish a new military base in Anbar Province and send 400 American military trainers to help Iraqi forces retake the city of Ramadi and repel the Islamic State.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Prepares Plan to Send Hundreds More Trainers to Iraq  —  Move follows Iraqi loss of Ramadi to Islamic State  —  President Barack Obama is poised to send hundreds more American military advisers to a new base in a strategic Iraqi region to help devise a counterattack …
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Jeb Bush, explaining campaign shakeup, calls for ‘patience’  —  BERLIN — In his first comments since Monday's shakeup, Jeb Bush told reporters here he felt the need to reorganize his team based on “the magnitude of the journey,” not any perceived struggles of his nascent campaign.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
Super PAC backing Jeb Bush unlikely to hit $100 million by end of June  —  A super PAC backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush is likely to fall short of collecting $100 million by the end of this month, despite widespread expectations that the group would hit that record-breaking sum, according to people close to the operation.
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Seth Stoughton / Talking Points Memo:
A Former Cop On What Went Wrong In McKinney
Dallas Morning News:
Dueling views of McKinney melee fault intruding teens, racist adults, police officer
Nick Gass / Politico:
Bachelor Lindsey Graham promises a ‘rotating first lady’  —  Unmarried Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says that if he becomes president, he will have a “rotating first lady.”  —  “Well, I've got a sister.  She could play that role if necessary,” the 59-year-old South Carolinian presidential …
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Francesca Chambers For / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: 'I've got lots of friends, we'll have a rotating First Lady': Bachelor Lindsey Graham reveals how he'd solve biggest unanswered question of his White House campaign  — The Republican senator told Daily Mail Online at a recent campaign event, 'Well, I've got a sister, she could play that role if necessary'
CJCiaramella / BuzzFeed:
Justice Department Subpoenas Reason.com To Unmask Commenters  —  The Justice Department made the classic mistake of reading the comments, and now it wants to know the identity of internet commenters who talked about putting a federal judge in a wood chipper.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Kasich taps two veteran advisers for expected presidential campaign  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has tapped a pair of veteran Republicans to play senior roles in his upcoming presidential campaign, according to multiple sources.  The decisions are the latest steps in preparation …
Discussion: Fox News
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Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
John Kasich's Super-PAC Hires Fred Davis as Media Strategist
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project:
NATO Publics Blame Russia for Ukrainian Crisis, but Reluctant to Provide Military Aid  —  Publics of key member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) blame Russia for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.  Many also see Russia as a military threat to other neighboring states.
Discussion: Politico
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Survey Points to Challenges NATO Faces Over Russia
Discussion: The Week and Marginal REVOLUTION
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trouble looms for Mitch McConnell's Senate  —  That burst of legislative activity this year?  It was fun while it lasted.  —  Getty  —  A summer of gridlock is bearing down on Washington, threatening to put an end to the burst of legislative productivity that kicked off Mitch McConnell's reign atop the Senate.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid rips McConnell over judges
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Politico:
Mitch McConnell tries to turn tables on Dems with cyber bill
Discussion: The Hill
David K. Li / New York Post:
The genius behind ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ headline dies at 74  —  Longtime New York Post news editor and film critic Vincent Musetto — who wrote what's arguably the most famous headline in newspaper history — died on Tuesday.  —  He had just turned 74 in May.
Discussion: NPR
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Army Gen. Randy Taylor introduces his husband at Pentagon Gay Pride event … A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his spouse at a Pentagon event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker.  —  What made this seemingly routine …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
A new inside account of Obama's Israel ire  —  President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  —  When it's released June 23, the new book by bestselling historian Michael Oren is going to be the talk of Washington and Jerusalem — not to mention everywhere people …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Service Dog Throws Self In Front Of Bus To Save Blind Owner's Life  —  BREWSTER, N.Y. (AP) — A service dog threw himself in front of a mini school bus to try to protect his blind owner and stayed by her side as emergency responders tended to the injured pair, authorities said.
Discussion: WCNC-TV and The Week
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Peter D. Kramer / lohud.com:
Dog on the mend after protecting blind owner
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Louisiana GOPers In Fiscal Mess Beg Grover Norquist To Relax No Tax Pledge  —  Republican state lawmakers in Louisiana and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist are in a war of words over the state's terrible budget options, with Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a 2016 White House contender, stuck in the middle.
 
 
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GOP aiming for Friday trade vote, but snag remains
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Obama lawyers asked secret court to ignore public court's decision on spying
ABC News:
Judge: Arkansas Must Recognize in-State Same-Sex Marriages
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Scott Mayerowitz / Associated Press:
Airline group suggests smaller carry-on bags to free up bins
Discussion: IATA, Washington Post, Mashable and The Week
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Court hands down surprise pension ruling for Christie
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Republicans Try to Curtail the Census
Discussion: Hot Air
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Franklin Graham Drops Bank Over LGBT Rights Stance, Joins Bank That's Sponsoring A Pride Event