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1:30 PM ET, June 11, 2015


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David Faber / CNBC:
Rupert Murdoch preparing to step down as CEO from 21st Century Fox  —  Rupert Murdoch expected to hand Fox CEO title to son James, reports CNBC's David Faber.  —  Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old chief executive officer and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox, is preparing to step …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:   Rupert Murdoch stepping down from 21st Century Fox
Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93 - latest reaction and tributes  —  Screen legend famous for roles in Count Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars dies in hospital after suffering respiratory problems … 13.05  —  Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has paid tribute to …
Benjamin Lee / Guardian:
Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93  —  The veteran actor was best known for roles including Dracula and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise  —  Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
Washington Post:
How Jeb Bush's campaign ran off course before it even began  —  When asked to pinpoint where Jeb Bush's presidential effort began running into trouble, many confidants utter a single word: Dallas.  —  Mike Murphy, Bush's political alter ego, decided early on to hold regular senior staff meetings …
Union Leader to host Presidential candidates' forum Aug. 6  —  Staff Report  —  On the same August night that Fox News hosts a much-criticized and limited Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, the Union Leader will host a New Hampshire Presidential Forum in the first primary state.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Fox News, Union Leader Announce Forums for Candidates Who Don't Make First GOP Debate
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The man who helped kill Clintoncare explains why Obamacare can't be killed  —  In 1993, Republican strategist (and Weekly Standard editor) William Kristol was running the Project for the Republican Future, where he thought about how to assure a — you guessed it — Republican future.
Sir Tim Hunt resigns from university role over girls comment  —  Sir Tim Hunt was speaking at a conference in South Korea  —  A Nobel laureate has resigned from his position as honorary professor at a UK university after he made comments about the “trouble with girls” in science.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How not to become Brian Williams  —  How did a man so fastidious screw up so magnificently?  —  We give thanks for Brian Williams' fall—not because we have anything against the broadcaster, but because from his disgrace can be distilled a medicine that, when taken as directed, will prevent others from a place in perdition.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and FishbowlDC
USA Today:
Rieder: The Brian Williams endgame
Discussion: FTVLive
Jon WardSenior / Yahoo Politics:
The Koch brothers and the Republican Party go to war — with each other  —  The Republican National Committee's data arm last year called it a “historic” occasion when it struck a deal to share voter information with the Koch brothers' rapidly expanding political empire.
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Obama making bid to diversify wealthy neighborhoods  —  The Obama administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America's wealthier neighborhoods, drawing fire from critics who decry the proposal as executive overreach in search of an “unrealistic utopia.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz attacked me for quoting her accurately and in context: “They take something and distort it”  —  Though it is refreshing to see Fox News acknowledging there's a problem with ideological echo chambers  —  On Wednesday's “The Kelly File,” host Megyn Kelly …
Allum Bokhari / BREITBART.COM:
Will Reddit Revolt Against Ellen Pao?  —  When failed discrimination plaintiff Ellen Pao was appointed CEO of Reddit last January, many predicted that it would herald a new age of censorship on the link-sharing and discussion site.  Those predictions appear to have come true …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Vox Popoli
Bloomberg Business:
Obama Fast-Track Trade Plan Heading to Narrow House Vote  —  The House will vote Friday on a bill that would give fast-track trade authority to President Barack Obama, a measure likely headed for a close vote after months of lobbying by the White House and business groups.
The Hill:
GOP, Obama on cusp of fast-track trade victory
Discussion: Common Dreams
Tom Cary / Telegraph:
Lance Armstrong: I've admitted to it all and I have suffered enough - it's now time to draw line in the sand  —  Lance Armstrong believes he has been punished enough, insists cycling is still in a bad place and admits $100m court case could ruin him  —  The words coming out of his mouth …
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg Business:
Jamie Dimon Says He's Unsure If Elizabeth Warren Understands Global Banking System  —  Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co.  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon took aim at U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a critic of large banks, as he expressed broad concerns about leadership in Washington.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush in Warsaw: 'I'll Talk to My National Security Adviser'  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addressed reporters in Warsaw Thursday, speaking on issues ranging from regional security to his expected presidential campaign announcement on Monday.  —  Bush largely reiterated his themes …
Discussion: Hot Air
Zach Schonfeld / Newsweek:
Joyce Carol Oates Says She Was Joking About Those Poor Dinos  —  National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates would like to set the record straight: She does not fear for the fate of the mechanical Triceratops being plundered by Steven Spielberg.  —  The very earnest-seeming tweet that lit …
Discussion:, NPR, The Huffington Post and Salon
Jerome R. Corsi / WND:
CHOMSKY: HILLARY LIKE OBAMA, ONLY ‘MORE MILITANT’  —  86-year-old icon for liberals talks to WND  —  Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is a WND senior staff writer.  He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command.”
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Devin Henry / The Hill:
House panel approves bill cutting EPA funding  —  Appropriators teed up the latest congressional fight over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday when a House panel approved a bill with deep spending cuts for the agency and provisions blocking its rule-making.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Senator Reveals Parkinson's, Will Still Seek Re-Election  —  Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson says that he has Parkinson's disease but that the diagnosis won't stop him from seeking re-election in 2016.  —  In a statement Wednesday, Isakson said he was first diagnosed with the disease in 2013 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Week and Fox News
Gary D. Robertson / Associated Press:
N.C. Passes Law Allowing Court Officials To Refuse To Perform Gay Marriages  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina on Thursday, with the state House voting …
Discussion: Mediaite
Public Religion Research Institute:
Survey |  Majority Favor Same-sex Marriage; Two-thirds Believe Supreme Court Will Rule to Legalize  —  June 2015 PRRI Religion & Politics Tracking Survey  —  ▶ Read the topline questionnaire, including the survey methodology, here.  ▶ Read the news release here.
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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Paul Ryan's Pelosi-Esque Obamatrade Moment: 'It's Declassified And Made Public Once It's Agreed To'
Discussion: TPNN and The Gateway Pundit
Ben Ratliff / New York Times:
Ornette Coleman, Jazz Innovator, Dies at 85
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Nicholas Stephanopoulos / The Atlantic:
The False Promise of Black Political Representation
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A blow for mobile advertising: The next version of Safari will let users block ads on iPhones and iPads
Zoltan Istvan / The Huffington Post:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Dennis Hastert before the fall
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Pizza Hut's newest creation is a pizza with a 28-hot dog crust
 Earlier Items: 
Rowena Mason / Guardian:
Ukip insider Raheem Kassam: ‘We had to lock HQ doors because some people were too embarrassing to be seen’
Discussion: Spectator and Business Insider
Drew Altman / Wall Street Journal:
Seniors and Income Inequality: How Things Get Worse With Age
Why Republican candidates should want to be shut out of debates
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Top Senate Dem warns GOP: Deal now on spending limits or face shutdown
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Silence isn't golden  —  On Saturday, Hillary Clinton …
Fareed Zakaria / The Atlantic:
The Try-Hard Generation  —  Graduation season is almost done …