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6:45 PM ET, June 11, 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.
Sen. Mark Kirk regrets calling Lindsey Graham a ‘bro with no ho’  —  Sen. Mark Kirk said in an interview that he regrets referring to Sen. Lindsey Graham as a “bro with no ho” but declined to clarify or further explain his controversial remark.  —  One of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2016 …
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Washington Post
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Kirk calls Lindsey Graham a ‘bro with no ho’
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
These 9 words prove that Bill Clinton still doesn't get it on the Clinton Foundation
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.
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 …
Fox News:
Rupert Murdoch to propose 21st Century succession plan that hands control to sons James and Lachlan
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Co-Author Of Mike Huckabee Books Was Accused Of Child Molestation In Two Legal Cases  —  Prominent Christian author John Perry, who has also co-authored a book with Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, has been accused of child molestation in two separate lawsuits.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Federalist
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Fox Plans Second-Tier Debate in Response to Threat from N.H. Newspaper  —  Candidates who don't meet the criteria for the prime-time event will get to make their cases to voters on television earlier the same day.  —  Fox News has changed its plan for the first Republican presidential debate …
Union Leader to host Presidential candidates' forum Aug. 6
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slantpoint
Rep. John Larson / The Hill:
A crisis for seniors who rely on Social Security  —  It seems every time we talk about the long-term future of Social Security, many in Washington start clamoring to raise the retirement age or propose other ways to trim Social Security's modest benefits.  Those calling for cuts are missing …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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
David McCabe / The Hill:
Tech groups urge support for fast-track  —  A coalition of tech groups is urging the House to approve legislation granting President Obama fast-track trade powers ahead of a vote on Friday.  —  The tech groups, which have traditionally been supporters of free trade, say fast-track …
Discussion: Politico
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. …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Republican field looks to Romney for '16 help  —  At least six Republican candidates for the presidency are headed to Utah for a summit hosted by Mitt Romney that begins on Thursday.  —  If the old saying that you learn more in defeat than in victory is true, Romney has plenty to teach.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
Frenship ISD teacher apologizes after McKinney-related segregation post  —  Fitzgibbons: ‘I apologized to the appropriate people’  —  A Frenship teacher said she apologized after writing a  —  Facebook post saying she was “almost to the point” of wanting segregation regarding a racially charged police issue in McKinney.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush in Warsaw: 'I'll Talk to My National Security Advisor'  —  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: Politico
John Branch / New York Times:
Lost Brother in Yosemite … YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Afternoon gave way to evening, and the parade of restless clouds and the occasional bursts of rain had moved on from Yosemite Valley.  In their wake was the empty quiet of Taft Point, 3,000 feet above a famous green valley going gray in late-day shadow.
Discussion: Althouse
Ben Ratliff / New York Times:
Ornette Coleman Dies at 85; Composer and Saxophonist Reshaped Jazz  —  Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday morning in Manhattan.  He was 85.  —  The cause was cardiac arrest, a representative of the family said.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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Jaime Fuller / New York Magazine:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell escalate their war of words
Discussion: Daily Kos
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton to Lay Out Economic Vision in New York Speech
Discussion: Common Dreams and FishbowlDC
Mustafa Khalili / Guardian:
Al-Qaida ‘cut off and ripped apart by Isis’
Discussion: Daily Mail and Unfogged
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Discussion: Yahoo Politics and Daily Kos
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Vox Popoli
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