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9:15 AM ET, June 12, 2015


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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  —  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
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 …
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 …
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 …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Says Supporters Have Suggested Walker-Rubio 2016 Ticket
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Anti-Hillary Clinton Group Refuses to Change Name, Defying FEC Order  —  An anti-Hillary Clinton group is refusing to change its name in an escalating dispute with the country's election watchdog agency.  —  The Federal Election Commission, which is tasked with enforcing campaign finance law …
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: Unexamined Premises
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
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham Is A ‘Bro With No Ho,’ According To Mark Kirk  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a “bro with no ho,” according to his colleague, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)  —  The assessment of Graham's love life was made during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup on Thursday and caught on a live microphone.
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 …
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
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Texas elementary …
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
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 …
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.
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
ABC News:
Transcript for President Obama The Slacker?  —  This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.
Discussion: Slantpoint
CBS Miami:
Witnesses: Police Officer Shoots Homeless Man Five Times In Miami  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - The heavy police presence in Overtown has subsided after a fatal police-involved shooting on Thursday, which unfolded in front of dozens of children, witnesses said.  —  According to CBS4's news partner …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Goodbye, Madison  —  As he readies to run for president and grabs whatever low hanging fruit on the conservative agenda tree he can find, Scott Walker is now planning to strip the tenure from professors in the University of Wisconsin higher education system.
Discussion: Althouse
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
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David McCabe / The Hill:
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Russian Oligarch Wanted to Turn My Joke Into Reality
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Labor Department employee with six-figure salary surfed porn on his government computer …
ABC News:
$2 Billion of Your Dollars Wasting Away, Says Senator
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell escalate their war of words
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Rep. John Larson / The Hill:
A crisis for seniors who rely on Social Security
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
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