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10:20 AM ET, June 12, 2015

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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.
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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 …
KREM-TV:
Local NAACP leader outed as white woman refutes claim  —  ON THURSDAY, RACHEL DOLEZAL'S PARENTS CLAIMED SHE HAD BEEN DECEIVING PEOPLE.  —  Family Questions Rachel  —  TROY, MONTANA  —  A recent investigation into racially charged threats made toward the president of the NAACP chapter …
Discussion: Guardian
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
Discussion: Hit & Run, theGrio and Associated Press
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.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Walker open to teaming up with Rubio on 2016 ticket  —  Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) is open to the idea of teaming up with Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) on a GOP presidential ticket, he told Bloomberg on Thursday.  —  “I do like Marco Rubio, I think he and I have similar thoughts on national defense …
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Walker's Tricky Balancing Act  —  What makes Scott Walker such a formidable candidate in the primary is also what makes him vulnerable in a general election.  As Walker flexes his conservative muscle on everything from immigration to gay marriage to abortion, he also risks being easily portrayed …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Says Supporters Have Suggested Walker-Rubio 2016 Ticket
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.
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Wonk warrior  —  Inside the relaunch of Hillary Clinton.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  Hillary Clinton hasn't always been a profile in political courage, but she's had her moments.  One of them came in late December 2006, a month before Clinton announced her first run for the presidency …
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Anti-Hillary Clinton Group Refuses to Change Name, Defying FEC Order
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: The Week
CNN:
Story highlights  —  (CNN)An upstate New York maximum-security prison employee gave hacksaw blades, drill bits and eyeglasses with lights affixed to them to a pair of convicted murderers before their brazen escape, sources said Friday.  —  Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told CNN's …
Politico:
Roger Simon  —  Roger Simon is a Columnist for Politico.  He grew up on the South Side of Chicago where politics was a contact sport.  —  At the Chicago Sun-Times, where he wrote a column four times per week, Simon was taught that the only way for a journalist to look upon a politician was down.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ashlyn Tubbs / KCBD-TV:
Bennett Elementary teacher ‘relieved of her duties’ after posting about McKinney incident  —  A fourth grade teacher at Bennett Elementary has been ‘relieved of her duties’ by the Frenship Independent School District after she posted her opinions about the McKinney pool party incident on her Facebook page.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Texas elementary …
Plain Dealer:
Judge finds probable cause for murder charge against officer who killed Tamir Rice  —  Brandon Blackwell, Northeast Ohio Media Group By Brandon Blackwell, Northeast Ohio Media Group  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann …
Philippe Sotto / Associated Press:
Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn acquitted in pimping trial  —  2 photos  —  LILLE, France (AP) — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was cleared of pimping charges on Friday in France, putting an end to four years of legal drama that began with a sexual assault charge in a New York hotel room.
Discussion: USA Today, Political Wire and The Week
Lenore Skenazy / Hit & Run:
11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard.  CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.  —  One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I'll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house.  The boy didn't have a key, so he played basketball in the yard.
Jenée Desmond-Harris / Vox:
Why I'm finally convinced it's time to stop saying “you guys”  —  The tech startup npm recently blogged about the unusual challenge some of its employees have agreed to participate in: they put a dollar in a glass jar every time they say “you guys.”  —  “We didn't invent the idea …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Niall Ferguson Fights Back Against Smear Campaign by Fact-checkers, Facts  —  A prestigious conservative scholar demands the world stop correcting him.  —  Shares … Committing the odd factual error is an occupational hazard in journalism.  For Niall Ferguson, the commission of error is more than a hazard.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
OPM Hack Far Deeper Than Publicly Acknowledged, Went Undetected For More Than A Year, Sources Say … The massive hack into federal systems announced last week was far deeper and potentially more problematic than publicly acknowledged, with hackers believed to be from China moving through …
The New / New York Times:
Sex Dolls That Talk Back  —  Matt McMullen is developing a sex robot that uses technology to create the illusion of sentience.  But is it enough to generate real emotions in its user?  —  June 11, 2015.  Photo by Zackary Canepari for The New York Times.  —  This is the fifth episode …
Discussion: Mashable and New York Magazine
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Goodbye, Madison  —  As he readies to run for president …
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Discussion: Discourse.net
Daily Mail:
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ABC News:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham Is A ‘Bro With No Ho,’ According To Mark Kirk