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3:33 AM ET, June 12, 2015


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham Is A ‘Bro With No Ho,’ According To Mark Kirk  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a “bro with no ho,” according to his colleague, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)  —  The assessment of Graham's love life was made during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup on Thursday and caught on a live microphone.
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:   Sen. Kirk calls Lindsey Graham a ‘bro with no ho’
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Hillary's 4 aces in the hole  —  Hillary Clinton is playing presidential poker, and she's holding four aces that will give her a tremendous advantage in a general election against any Republican nominated to run against her in November 2016.  —  This accounts for the Hillary hysteria …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Anti-Hillary Clinton Group Refuses to Change Name, Defying FEC Order  —  An anti-Hillary Clinton group is refusing to change its name in an escalating dispute with the country's election watchdog agency.  —  The Federal Election Commission, which is tasked with enforcing campaign finance law …
Plain Dealer:
Judge finds probable cause for murder charge against officer who killed Tamir Rice  —  Brandon Blackwell, Northeast Ohio Media Group By Brandon Blackwell, Northeast Ohio Media Group  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann …
Ashlyn Tubbs / KCBD-TV:
Bennett Elementary teacher ‘relieved of her duties’ after posting about McKinney incident  —  A fourth grade teacher at Bennett Elementary has been ‘relieved of her duties’ by the Frenship Independent School District after she posted her opinions about the McKinney pool party incident on her Facebook page.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Texas elementary …
Jenée Desmond-Harris / Vox:
Why I'm finally convinced it's time to stop saying “you guys”  —  The tech startup npm recently blogged about the unusual challenge some of its employees have agreed to participate in: they put a dollar in a glass jar every time they say “you guys.”  —  “We didn't invent the idea …
Lenore Skenazy / Hit & Run:
11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard.  CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.  —  One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I'll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house.  The boy didn't have a key, so he played basketball in the yard.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
OPM Hack Far Deeper Than Publicly Acknowledged, Went Undetected For More Than A Year, Sources Say … The massive hack into federal systems announced last week was far deeper and potentially more problematic than publicly acknowledged, with hackers believed to be from China moving through …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Niall Ferguson Fights Back Against Smear Campaign by Fact-checkers, Facts  —  A prestigious conservative scholar demands the world stop correcting him.  —  Shares … Committing the odd factual error is an occupational hazard in journalism.  For Niall Ferguson, the commission of error is more than a hazard.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Goodbye, Madison  —  As he readies to run for president and grabs whatever low hanging fruit on the conservative agenda tree he can find, Scott Walker is now planning to strip the tenure from professors in the University of Wisconsin higher education system.
Discussion: Althouse
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The free-market Republican Party just got Uber'd  —  As champions of America's businesses and the free market, the Republican Party has embraced the disruptive, entrepreneurial spirit fostered by the new tech boom.  When the taxi-disrupting Uber was under fire from regulators, the GOP stepped up …
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 …
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.”
ABC News:
Transcript for President Obama The Slacker?  —  This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.
Discussion: Slantpoint
Credibility of local NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal questioned  —  Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest's most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Rachel Dolezal saying the local leader of the NCAAP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Bye, Bye, American History  —  Professors and historians urged opposition to the College Board's new curriculum for teaching AP U.S. History.  —  The memory hole, a creation of George Orwell's novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” was a mechanism for separating a society's disapproved ideas from its dominant ideas.
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
Russian Oligarch Wanted to Turn My Joke Into Reality  —  One of my core political beliefs is that there would still be a Soviet Union if they'd been smart enough to have two communist parties that agreed on everything except abortion.  —  Obviously that's a joke about the U.S. …
Dean Obeidallah / CNN:
‘Seinfeld’: Where are they now? 17 photos  — O'Hurley has remained popular since the end of “Seinfeld.”  He was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2005, and he was host of “Family Feud” from 2006 to 2010.  He also has been host of the annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina.
The New / New York Times:
Sex Dolls That Talk Back  —  Matt McMullen is developing a sex robot that uses technology to create the illusion of sentience.  But is it enough to generate real emotions in its user?  —  June 11, 2015.  Photo by Zackary Canepari for The New York Times.  —  This is the fifth episode …
Discussion: Mashable and New York Magazine
Ken Dilanian / Associated Press:
UNION: HACKERS HAVE PERSONNEL DATA ON EVERY FEDERAL EMPLOYEE  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, charging that the cyberattack on U.S. employee data is far worse than the Obama administration has acknowledged.
Discussion: Engadget, The Week and Vox Popoli
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Down the Stretch  —  American Pharoah's stretch run in the Belmont Stakes was a beauty to behold.  The Supreme Court's stretch run in the closing weeks of its term?  Not so much.  —  I can't remember a second week in June during which the justices delivered only one opinion.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
GOP amendment would limit climate deals  —  A Republican amendment attached to the House's customs and trade bill would limit the Obama administration's ability to include any climate change provisions in trade agreements.  —  The provision, sponsored by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell escalate their war of words  —  Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid ratcheted up their partisan sniping on Thursday morning as the Republican leader accused Reid of waging a hypocritical assault on spending bills and Reid advised McConnell to go to his “little bathroom” …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Daily Mail:
Labor Department employee with six-figure salary surfed porn on his government computer for hours every day after searching for pics of Alyssa Milano - and it took FIFTEEN WEEKS to fire him  — Unnamed Labor Department worker was spotted viewing pornography on his office PC in August 2014 and later said he was ‘addicted’ to porn
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Euan Rocha / Reuters:
Exclusive: BlackBerry may put Android system on new device: sources
Discussion: Engadget and The Verge
David McCabe / The Hill:
Tech groups urge support for fast-track
Discussion: Politico
ABC News:
$2 Billion of Your Dollars Wasting Away, Says Senator
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Fox Plans Second-Tier Debate in Response to Threat from N.H. Newspaper
Rep. John Larson / The Hill:
A crisis for seniors who rely on Social Security
Discussion: Daily Kos
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton to Lay Out Economic Vision in New York Speech
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Al-Qaida ‘cut off and ripped apart by Isis’
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John Branch / New York Times:
Lost Brother in Yosemite
Discussion: Althouse
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Diane Rehm Explains Why She Asked Bernie Sanders Bizarre Israel Question
Discussion: Washington Post and BuzzFeed
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Republican field looks to Romney for '16 help
Brian Dulle / KSNT-TV:
When cicadas attack KSNT reporter
Discussion: Daily Mail and theGrio