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6:10 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.
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 …
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 …
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: Guardian, Hit & Run, Unfogged and Althouse
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.
Local NAACP leader outed as white woman refutes claim
Discussion: Raw Story, 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
Discussion: NPR
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
William Finnegan / New Yorker:
Why Does Obama Want This Trade Deal So Badly?
Obama: A vote against trade is a vote against me
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
House rejects Obama on trade authority
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
California Announces Restrictions on Water Use by Farmers  —  LOS ANGELES — Farmers with rights to California water dating back to the Gold Rush will face sharp cutbacks, the first reduction in their water use since 1977, state officials announced Friday.  State officials announced …
Discussion: The Verge and The Week
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