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Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed:
A Civil Rights Leader Has Disguised Herself As Black For Years, Her Parents Say  —  Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP and also chairs a city police oversight commission.  Her parents also told BuzzFeed News that she is passing off her younger adopted black brother as her own son.
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Coeur d'Alene Press:
Black like me?  —  Civil rights activist's ethnicity questioned  —  COEUR d'ALENE - She's risen from North Idaho civil rights champion to positions of power in Spokane as a self-described black woman.  —  But what if Rachel Dolezal is really white?  —  Dolezal, chair of Spokane's Office …
Spokesman.com:
Credibility of local NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal questioned  —  Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest's most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Rachel Dolezal saying the local leader of the NCAAP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
If Rachel Dolezal Isn't Black, How Is Caitlyn Jenner A Woman?  —  Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, a professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, was outed earlier this week by her parents as being white.  —  In what has to be one of the more bizarre news stories of 2015 …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Unfogged, Guardian and Althouse
USA Today / WXIA-TV:
‘Black’ NAACP leader outed as white woman  —  The leader of the Spokane NAACP falsely portrays herself as black, according to her family.  A recent investigation into racially charged threats made toward the president have raised more questions about who made the threats.  KREM-TV … CONNECT
NAACP:
NAACP STATEMENT ON RACHEL DOLEZAL
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Full Feed
KREM-TV:
Local NAACP leader outed as white woman refutes claim
Discussion: BizPac Review and Guardian
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
A Big Slobbery Welcome To My Newest Trans-Black Sister, Rachel Dolezal
Jeff Humphrey / KXLY-TV:   Questions raised about NAACP hate mail report
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Rejects Trade Bill, Rebuffing Obama's Dramatic Appeal  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats rebuffed a dramatic personal appeal from President Obama on Friday, torpedoing his ambitious push to expand his trade negotiating power — and, quite likely, his chance to secure a legacy-defining trade accord spanning the Pacific Ocean.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House deals humiliating blow to Obama in trade fight  —  Defying President Obama, House Democrats on Friday rallied to vote down legislation granting aid to workers displaced by trade, dealing a potentially fatal blow to the fast-track legislation that had been scheduled to hit the floor.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Pelosi defies Obama on trade  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a meandering but dramatic floor speech on Friday announced her vote against a measure providing assistance to workers displaced by trade.  —  “If TAA slows down the fast-track, I'm prepared to vote against TAA,” Pelosi said.
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Political Wire
William Finnegan / New Yorker:
Why Does Obama Want This Trade Deal So Badly?  —  The political battle over the enormous, twelve-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership keeps getting stranger.  President Obama has made the completion of the deal the number-one legislative priority of his second term.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and rubber hose
Politico:
Obama: A vote against trade is a vote against me
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
House rejects Obama on trade authority
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama-backed trade bill fails in the House
Politico:   Dems deal Obama huge defeat on trade
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
ObamaTrade Relaxes Visa Process for Pakistan
The Huffington Post:
Obama Heads To Capitol Hill To Save His Trade Agenda
Discussion: Slantpoint and Political Wire
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mark Halperin, Ann Romney to host ‘Sunrise Pilates’ for GOP megadonors  —  Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor Mark Halperin and Ann Romney, wife of Mitt, will co-host an early morning pilates session for wealthy Republican donors at this weekend's Romney retreat in Deer Valley, Time's Zeke Miller reports.
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is About To Get Personal … NOTABLES  —CLINTON TO UNVEIL TALK-ABOUT-HER-MOM STRATEGY AT FIRST CAMPAIGN RALLY: Hillary Clinton spent the opening weeks of her campaign addressing policy issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights, and equal pay for women.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For Hillary, a new Iraq war trap
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Capitol gridlock taking toll on Gov. Brownback, House GOP members say  —  Despair about the tax-and-budget impasse overwhelming the Capitol exacted a toll on Gov. Sam Brownback.  —  Brownback apparently choked up in a private meeting with House Republicans who sought an audience …
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  The Iowa Straw Poll is dead.  —  The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously Friday to cancel the straw poll, a milestone on the path to the White House that had passed the strategic tipping point.  It was no longer a political risk for presidential campaigns …
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Tells Us That She Can't Even With Jamie Dimon's Mansplaining  —  So that happened.  On this week's podcast, come for Sen. Eilzabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) plan to fix higher education, stay for her throwing shade back on JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Congressman On Sex Abuse Scandal: ‘The Only Victim Here Is Denny Hastert’  —  The indictment last month of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) on charges of illegally concealing millions in banks withdrawals and lying to the FBI also revealed another serious breach …
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week
 
 
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