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1:50 AM ET, June 11, 2015


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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 …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama pulls US deeper into Iraq
Discussion: Moe Lane
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
Between Iraq and a hard place
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
The White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on Additional U.S. Steps in the Counter-ISIL Effort
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bloomberg View
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
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Tie Their Favorite Causes to the Trade Agreement  —  WASHINGTON — With a final House showdown coming on Friday on President Obama's push for accelerated power to pursue a sweeping trade agreement, the vote brokering has begun — and it is all tilting to the right.
Discussion: Political Wire
Clare Foran / National Journal:
Paul Ryan Adds Amendment To Trade Bill To Block Climate Deals
William Mauldin / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Seeks to Bar Obama From Tweaking Immigration, Climate-Change Law
Discussion: Slantpoint
The Hill:
Last-second objections threaten Obama-GOP vote on trade
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.
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
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bill Clinton Says Hillary Win Could Change His Philanthropy Role  —  The former president suggests he may hand over the reins to daughter, Chelsea.  —  t margarettalev  —  Former President Bill Clinton said if his wife is elected the next U.S. president, he will consider stepping aside …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Nick Gass / Politico:
Bill Clinton says he'll stop giving paid speeches if Hillary wins
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and ABC News
First Draft / New York Times:
Michelle Kwan to Join Hillary Clinton's Campaign
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
CBS News:
Hillary Clinton launches Instagram account - see her first post
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Daily Mail
Story highlights  — “Even though you have reasonable suspicion,” says one, “nine out of 10 times, that officer is going to keep on driving”  —  (CNN)Forty-two people were killed in Baltimore in May, making it the deadliest month there since 1972.  —  When asked what's behind that number …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Anonymous Baltimore Cops to CNN: Public Asked for ‘Softer’ Police Force, They Got It
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and theGrio
Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore prosecutor asked police to target area where Freddie Gray was arrested
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 …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Bloomberg Business
Gov. Scott Walker / Des Moines Register:
We changed broken education system
Discussion: Business Insider and
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
Anthony Berteaux / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Jerry Seinfeld from a ‘Politically Correct’ College Student  —  Recently, I've heard about your reluctance to perform on college campuses because of how “politically correct” college students are.  You also further made remarks that college students are quick to use the words …
Jane C. Timm /
Ben Carson: Let's spy on government workers  —  Republican presidential contender Ben Carson said Wednesday that if elected next year he might implement a “covert division” of government workers who spy on their coworkers to improve government efficiency.  —  The pediatric neurosurgeon …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Arizona pastor prays for God to rip out Caitlyn Jenner's heart: ‘I hate him with a perfect hatred’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  An Arizona pastor said he prayed for God to rip out the heart of Caitlyn Jenner and cast her soul into the fiery depths of Hell.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Sexting Secret Service agent investigated for flirting on the job, later sending lewd messages  —  This post has been updated.  —  A Secret Service agent can't even send an indecent text message to a prospective date these days without his actions going public.
Discussion: RADAR, Mediaite, Reuters and NBC News
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Cory Turner / NPR:
Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Messenger Platform Gets Its First Game
Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Jawbone Hits Fitbit With Second Lawsuit in Two Weeks
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget and VentureBeat
NBC News:
American Keith Broomfield Killed Fighting Against ISIS in Syria
David McCabe / The Hill:
Funding bill would block net neutrality until courts rule
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Chicago Tribune:
From Hastert: A ‘not guilty,’ but nothing more
Discussion: Capitol
Sacha Feinman / ThinkProgress:
One Governor's Audacious, Unprecedented Effort To Use Personal Wealth To Re-Create The Legislature
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
E.P.A. Says It Will Set Rules for Airplane Emissions
Discussion: The Verge, and The Week
Marcelino Benito / KHOU-TV:
5th grader in wheelchair overlooked at graduation
Discussion: theGrio and Daily Mail
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems set budget trap for GOP