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9:20 PM ET, June 12, 2015


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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.
NAACP STATEMENT ON RACHEL DOLEZAL  —  Baltimore, MD - For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds.  NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal …
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 …
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
Stop making excuses for Rachel Dolezal: The Spokane NAACP official's fraud is unforgivable  —  The chapter president allegedly passed herself off as black for years  —  It should already be abundantly clear that the still emerging story of Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal is not your typical tale of everyday cultural appropriation.
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 …
Race of Rachel Dolezal, head of Spokane NAACP, comes under question
Jeff Humphrey / KXLY-TV:
Questions raised about NAACP hate mail report
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story, NPR and Politico
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.
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
Associated Press:
House rejects Obama on trade authority
William Finnegan / New Yorker:
Why Does Obama Want This Trade Deal So Badly?
The Huffington Post:
Obama Heads To Capitol Hill To Save His Trade Agenda
Discussion: Slantpoint and Political Wire
Romney's E2 Summit  —  GOP Hopefuls Head To Utah To Win Mitt Romney's Support  —  This weekend at least six Republican 2016 hopefuls are heading to Park City, Utah to Mitt Romney's third annual “E2 Summit” to win the favor of the 2012 Republican nominee.  Retreats of this sort that are sponsored …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Romney hosting GOP summit, planning nomination coup?
Discussion: US News
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Bush: You need ‘boots on the ground’  —  The United States will need combat troops on the ground to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), former President George W. Bush suggested in a new interview.  —  “The president will have to make that determination,” …
Discussion: RedState
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For Hillary, a new Iraq war trap
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Chinese hack compromised security-clearance database  —  The Chinese breach of the Office of Personnel Management network was wider than first acknowledged and officials said Friday that a database holding sensitive security clearance information on millions of federal employees and contractors also was compromised.
Discussion: Forbes, Defense One, Engadget and NPR
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Rick Perry: Obama Lacks ‘Executive Experience’  —  Earlier this week, during his press conference at the G7 Summit in Germany, President Barack Obama said in response to a question about the fight against ISIS, “We don't yet have a complete strategy, because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis.”
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