* With the addition of over 200,000 jobs last month, the American economy has now finally eliminated the jobs lost in the Great Recession. Michael Hiltzik has the charts of the day, demonstrating how long and hard the recovery has been.
* David Leonhardt notes that while private sector jobs have more than recovered to their pre-recession levels, public sector jobs have not. “If the government hadn’t done so much cutting over the last several years, the job market would almost certainly be healthier today.”
* Eric Cantor has released the House GOP’s agenda for June, and guess what: immigration reform is nowhere to be seen. This will increase pressure on Obama to get ready to act unilaterally.
* Steve Benen brings us the latest state gay marriage restriction to fall (this time in Wisconsin), and a recap of all of the recent victories in many other states, which are demonstrating “how routine success is becoming” on this civil rights issue. — gs
* Vikram Singh raises an intriguing possibility: What if it was the Army that deserted Bowe Bergdahl, by not addressing what may have been serious mental health issues with which he was grappling before he walked away from his outpost?
* Ryan Cooper on why there’s actually grounds for optimism that we will address climate change in time: Just as in war, when threats become impossible to ignore, even the messiest of political systems can be motivated to fast and urgent action.
* At Grist, Heather Smith reports that climate change is becoming one of the key issues in Michigan’s Senate race, with even the Koch-backed Republican candidate admitting it’s real.
* Over at the American Prospect, I ask whether the GOP has moved so far right it’s left even many of its own voters behind.
* Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee bring us an under-covered story, one that mirrors the battles on the right that are sucking up all the media attention:
On Tuesday, in competitive primaries from New Jersey to Iowa to California, voters chose bold progressive Democrats over more conservative and corporate Democrats, handing big victories to the ‘Elizabeth Warren wing’ of the Democratic Party.
* But Ed Kilgore responds that we shouldn’t overstate the differences between Democrats in these races. “I don’t think it’s a terribly good idea for Democrats to emulate Republicans in treating their differences as equivalent in significance and heat to the Thirty Years War.”
* Oregon GOP Senate nominee (and doctor) Monica Wehby’s campaign is based on how awful Obamacare is. But conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru takes a look at her health care plan, and finds she would basically keep the things people like about Obamacare, but repeal the parts people don’t like.
As we’ve already seen, multiple other GOP Senate candidates are opting for a similar approach.
* Jennifer Rubin makes the case for a Rick Perry presidential candidacy. Oh please, let it be true. Your country needs you, Rick!
* And finally, Travis Waldron breaks down what countries are permitting their players to do between the sheets during the World Cup, from the Mexican coach forbidding his players from having sex during the tournament, to U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who says, “We are very casual in the way we approach things.”