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8:50 AM ET, June 11, 2015


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William Mauldin / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Seeks to Bar Obama From Tweaking Immigration, Climate-Change Law  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is seeking to prevent President Barack Obama from using trade agreements to make changes to U.S. laws on immigration and climate change, a move aimed at reassuring conservatives wary …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Tie Their Favorite Causes to the Trade Agreement
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Clare Foran / National Journal:
Paul Ryan Adds Amendment To Trade Bill To Block Climate Deals
The Hill:
Last-second objections threaten Obama-GOP vote on trade
Discussion: Washington Post
Jared Sichel / Jewish Journal:
Did NPR host Diane Rehm just accuse Bernie Sanders of dual citizenship with Israel?  —  On a Wednesday morning broadcast, longtime NPR host Diane Rehm interviewed presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and asked the Jewish self-described socialist some strange questions when it came to his connection with Israel.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Bernie Sanders offended by Diane Rehm's Israeli citizenship question  —  National Public Radio host Diane Rehm falsely stated in an interview with Bernie Sanders on Wednesday that the Vermont senator has dual Israeli citizenship.  —  In an unusual exchange in the middle of the interview …
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
J Street poll: Jewish Americans favor Hillary over Jeb
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Silence isn't golden  —  On Saturday, Hillary Clinton will officially launch her presidential campaign for what may be the last time.  —  There have been a few starts, like a book tour last year that did not subtly or successfully portend a coming campaign, and a soft-launch video announcing her candidacy in April.
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bill Clinton Says Hillary Win Could Change His Philanthropy Role
Discussion: Politico and OnPolitics
Nick Gass / Politico:
Bill Clinton says he'll stop giving paid speeches if Hillary wins
First Draft / New York Times:
Michelle Kwan to Join Hillary Clinton's Campaign
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
The GOP's Secret Plan To Fix Obamacare  —  Congressional Republican leaders say they have a fallback plan ready to go if the Supreme Court cripples a core component of Obamacare this month.  —  But the details of the plan are being kept secret.  —  “We'll have a plan that makes sense …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Ryan, health chief clash over ObamaCare plans
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
House, Senate closing in on ObamaCare backup, senator says
Discussion: Daily Kos
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama smoking?  President caught on camera holding ‘pack of cigarettes’  —  President Obama, who claimed when he first entered the White House to have mostly kicked his nicotine habit, may have been caught on camera holding a pack of cigarettes.  —  The Commander-in-Chief is seen clutching …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and The Jawa Report
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama pulls US deeper into Iraq
Discussion: RedState
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
America's Iraq quagmire
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Christina Veiga / miamiherald:
Miami-Dade schools remove principal after his post about police controversy  —  The principal of North Miami Senior High School inadvertently injected himself into the racially charged national debate over police treatment of blacks with a social media comment — and it wound up costing him his position at the school.
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.
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.
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
Bob Costas Is Wringing His Hands Off Over Caitlyn Jenner's ESPY Award  —  Recently, it was revealed that this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award—an award concocted by ESPN and given out every year at the ESPY Awards—will be given to Caitlyn Jenner.  No one should really be upset by this …
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Friday could be the day the Iowa Straw Poll dies.  —  The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa will revisit going forward with the event during a conference call Friday morning, as some party officials resign themselves to the view that the much-criticized party fundraiser …
Gov. Scott Walker / Des Moines Register:
We changed broken education system
Discussion: Business Insider and
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Top Senate Dem warns GOP: Deal now on spending limits or face shutdown  —  Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday warned Republicans that if they don't reach another bipartisan deal to lift spending ceilings, they risk causing another government shutdown this fall.
USA Today:
Rieder: The Brian Williams endgame  —  The Brian Williams endgame is approaching.  —  It's been four months since NBC News suspended its marquee personality without pay for half a year for exaggerating, not to say fabricating, his reporting exploits.  It's unlikely the network will wait another two months before deciding his fate.
Discussion: FTVLive
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Anonymous Baltimore Cops to CNN: Public Asked for ‘Softer’ Police Force, They Got It  —  Two Baltimore police officers spoke through voice-altering technology to CNN's Brooke Baldwin Wednesday morning, telling her that cops are in a “reactionary mode” since the criticism of the department …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN's Jeff Zucker to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: “Start Getting Your Résumé Ready”  —  A version of this story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  —  In May 2014, CNN's daytime viewership fell …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Business Insider
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The North-South Divide on Two-Parent Families  —  When it comes to family arrangements, the United States has a North-South divide.  Children growing up across much of the northern part of the country are much more likely to grow up with two parents than children across the South.
Discussion: Wonk Wire and Slate
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Fareed Zakaria / The Atlantic:
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Cory Turner / NPR:
Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Arizona pastor prays for God to rip out Caitlyn Jenner's heart: ‘I hate him with a perfect hatred’
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