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11:10 AM ET, July 1, 2015


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Poll: Bush, Trump rising nationally for GOP, but both trail Clinton  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)With nearly all of the expected 2016 presidential candidates formally in the race, a new CNN/ORC national poll finds two recent entrants to the GOP field on the rise …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Sees Iowa Lead Shrink in Latest Quinnipiac Poll  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continues to lead prospective and declared 2016 Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, although his support is shrinking, a Quinnipiac University poll shows.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Gov. Chris Christie's Phony Truth-Telling  —  On his new website, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey portrays himself as a guy who gets attacked for “telling it like it is,” but that's what his mom told him to do from her deathbed.  —  It is part of the legend Mr. Christie has carefully cultivated …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: What's Coming Up For Cuba … NOTABLES  —U.S., CUBA TO ANNOUNCE EMBASSY OPENINGS IN WASHINGTON AND HAVANA: President Obama is expected to announce today that the two countries have reached an agreement to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in Washington and Havana …
Discussion: NBC News, Fusion and The Federalist
National Journal:
Chris Christie Is Running For President. But Is He Too Late?
Nick Gass / Politico:
Bon Jovi: I ‘absolutely’ gave Christie permission to use my songs
Brent Budowksy / The Hill:
Budowsky: Obama could sink 2016 Dems  —  Nothing better dramatizes the damage that President Obama has done to Democrats than the fact that Republicans now control the House of Representatives, the Senate and a majority of governorships across America.  —  Nothing better illustrates the reason …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans slam the door on scrapping the filibuster
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
New Hillary Clinton emails show expansive role of Sidney Blumenthal  —  The liberal writer and family confidant peppered the secretary of state with advice on everything from internal turf battles to climate change.  —  Getty  —  In her early months in office, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State Dept. hands over 3,600 pages of Benghazi-related docs
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Cindy Archer / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Filing a Civil-Rights Lawsuit  —  Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his agents ransacked my house and ruined my career.  —  By  —  After much soul-searching, I am filing a civil-rights lawsuit on Wednesday against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
America is not racist  —  In wake of the Charleston massacre in South Carolina, many on the left want us to believe America is a racist nation dominated by white supremacy and hatred for blacks.  —  They're wrong.  —  “Racism, we are not cured of it.  And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n—
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Spiegel / Financial Times:
Alexis Tsipras backs down on many Greece bailout demands  —  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will accept most of the bailout creditors' conditions offered last weekend but is still insisting on a handful of changes that could thwart a deal, according to a letter he sent late on Tuesday night.
As default looms, Merkel rules out more negotiations with Greece
Discussion: New York Times and Slate
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Treasury chief: Keep Greece in eurozone
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Slantpoint
Elizabeth Drew / The Atlantic:
Richard NIxon Was Not Misunderstood  —  Every once in a while someone writes a book arguing that Richard Nixon has been misunderstood.  These authors tend to focus on some particular aspect of his presidency that, the argument goes, is more important than that Watergate business.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Sunny Side of Greed  —  In the dire prophecies of science-fiction writers and the fevered warnings of left-wing activists, big corporations will soon rule the earth — or already do.  —  Fine with me.  —  They've been great on the issue of the Confederate flag.
Jonathan Rauch / Politico:
No, Polygamy Isn't the Next Gay Marriage  —  Group marriage is the past—not the future—of matrimony.  —  AP Photo.  —  I am a gay marriage advocate.  So why do I spend so much of my time arguing about polygamy?  Opposing the legalization of plural marriage should not be my burden …
Discussion:, Althouse and Hit & Run
Melissa Boughton / Post and Courier:
Fire crews responding to blaze at African American church in Greeleyville  —  A prominent African-American church that was burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995 is currently on fire, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.  —  Fire crews are still battling an active blaze …
Charlie Cook / National Journal:
A Momentous Week, and a GOP That Needs to Change  —  The fight over the Confederate flag and the Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage all send the signal that Republicans need to adapt to keep pace with younger voters.  —  The momentous events of the last week can be interpreted in numerous ways.
Discussion: The Hill, Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Rand Paul overlooks Cliven Bundy's racism to pander to the far right  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Rand Paul is openly courting Cliven Bundy's militia supporters by appealing to the scofflaw rancher at a campaign event Monday.  —  Paul spoke at a campaign stop in Mesquite …
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Barack Obama basks in public approval after ‘best week of his presidency’  —  Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to “squeeze every last ounce of progress” out of his remaining time in the White House, as his poll ratings reached a two-year high following what political commentators said was the best week of his presidency.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Shakesville
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. and Cuba to reopen embassies
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Sam Weiner / BuzzFeed:
We Got Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz To Do An Audition For “The Simpsons”  —  These impressions are “Excellent...”  —  GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz isn't just a conservative firebrand.  He's also a huge fan of The Simpsons.  —  Cruz does a confident Mr. Burns.  —  And he absolutely nails Ned Flanders.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
BuzzFeed's Ben Smith Says Ted Cruz 'Approaches Going Viral Like It's His Job'
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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CBS Sacramento:
Modesto Vigilantes Attack Homeless Man After False Facebook Warning Goes Viral
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Mail
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Why America needs the Export-Import Bank
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Patience Spent, de Blasio Accuses Cuomo of Hurting New York City Out of ‘Revenge’
Sara Burrows / The Federalist:
Polyamory Is Next, And I'm One Reason Why
Washington Post:
Officers often lack the training to approach the mentally unstable, experts say
Discussion: NOLA River and Daily Kos
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Redistricting litigation persists in key states despite court ruling
Discussion: The Hill and 89.3 KPCC
 Earlier Items: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump sues Univision for $500 million
Paul Coombs / Guardian:
I created the Isis dildo flag at London Pride to start a dialogue, not get a laugh
Discussion: Towleroad, Mediaite and Poynter.
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
The Cheerful Belligerence of Lindsey Graham
Phyllis Schlafly / Commentary:
How Congress Should Respond to Justice Kennedy
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
‘The Solution I Propose Is Massive Civil Disobedience’