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11:40 PM ET, June 15, 2015


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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
NAACP Imposter Sued School Over Race Claims  —  Rachel Dolezal alleged she was victim of white discrimination  —  The NAACP official who today resigned in the face of evidence that she masqueraded as black once sued Howard University for denying her teaching posts and a scholarship …
Spokane NAACP / Facebook:
Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members,  —  It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation.  Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency.  Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement …
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Black Like Her  —  On June 7th, Elinor Burkett published an Op-Ed in the Times expressing what she portrayed as a feminist's reluctant skepticism about aspects of the transgender movement.  She argued, in part, that the notion of men simply transitioning into women was equivalent …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal: Clash of identity and authenticity
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Some of Hillary Clinton's Libya emails said to be withheld from Benghazi Committee  —  It's not clear who withheld the correspondence.  —  House GOP Benghazi investigators have discovered additional Libya communications between Sidney Blumenthal and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush Embarks On Least Joyful Campaign Ever  —  Five days ago, Jeb Bush was outside a hotel in Berlin, straining to evince something other than abject dread at the prospect of running for president.  —  He stood, rigid and erect, in front of a semicircle of American political reporters …
Hillary Clinton = Jeb Bush?  —  Their policies may be different, but their political problems look remarkably similar.  —  One candidate vowed to “ban discrimination against LGBT Americans” and “make preschool and quality childcare available to every child in America.”
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Ex-Clinton aide headed before Benghazi panel  —  THE TOPLINE: The House Select Committee on Benghazi is set to spend Tuesday with a member of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's inner circle.  —  Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton confidant …
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Jeb Bush makes it official: ‘I will run to win’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and The Week
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Papal Draft Blames Most Global Warming on Human Activity  —  Draft of encyclical calls reducing carbon emissions an ‘urgent’ matter  —  ROME—Pope Francis calls global warming a major threat to life on the planet, says it is due mainly to human activity and describes the need to reduce …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Why the Pope's New Climate-Change Doctrine Matters
Discussion: The Week and Observer
Page Six:
Prince puts on private show at White House  —  Prince played two shows in Washington, DC, on Sunday, but he also gave a private VIP performance at the White House on Saturday night to celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month.  —  Spies exclusively told Page Six that the …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House defends private Prince party
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Chris Spargo / Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton campaign denies access to political editor as Monday's pool reporter in New Hampshire  — The Clinton campaign denied access to David Martosko of in New Hampshire this morning  — Clinton press aide Nick Merrill offered varied and contradictory reasons …
David Zweig / Salon:
The facts vs. David Brooks: Startling inaccuracies raise questions about his latest book  —  Factual discrepancies in the NYT columnist's new book raise some alarming questions about his research & methods  —  For at least the past four years David Brooks, the New York Times columnist …
Gail Sheehy / Politico:
Full text of Jeb Bush's presidential announcement  —  Jeb Bush announced his 2016 candidacy for President of the United States of America.  Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery.  —  Thank you all very much.  I always feel welcome at Miami-Dade College.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Transcript: Read Full Text of Former Gov. Jeb Bush's Campaign Launch
Joe Siegrist / The LastPass Blog:
LastPass Security Notice  —  We want to notify our community that on Friday, our team discovered and blocked suspicious activity on our network.  In our investigation, we have found no evidence that encrypted user vault data was taken, nor that LastPass user accounts were accessed.
Athens Daily News:
The sun has not exploded  —, the website of the Athens Banner-Herald, was the victim of an online miscue early Monday when an unauthorized updated news item atop the site announced “the sun just exploded.”  —  The item was taken off the site and the Banner-Herald is investigating.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:   Georgia Newspaper Retracts Alert Saying ‘The Sun Just Exploded’
Washington Post:
Donald Trump will declare $9 billion in assets as he reveals 2016 plans  —  Businessman and TV personality Donald Trump is a possible Republican contender for the White House in 2016.  Here's his take on Obamacare, building a border wall, and more, in his own words.  (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)
New York Post:
Bride rages as Waldorf cancels reception after shooting  —  Anna Goldshmidt was not told of the shooting as she got married to Elan Stratiyevsky.  —  She got married at the Waldorf-Astoria not knowing that two of her guests had just been wounded by gunfire, but the real shocker came later …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Mail
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Arlington Cracks Down on Salty Language  —  Watch your mouth or pay a $250 fine.  —  Uttering some of the more expressive words in the English language will cost you up to $250 if you say them in Arlington, now that county officials have upped their fines on public uses of profanity.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and ThinkProgress
Geoff Pender / The Clarion Ledger:
Clayton Kelly gets 5 years, but will be released after 2 1/2  —  CANTON - A judge on Monday sentenced Clayton Kelly to 2 1/2 years in jail and 2 1/2 probation for photographing Sen. Thad Cochran's late wife in her nursing home bed.  —  Kelly, 29, an aspiring political blogger …
Casey Conley / Portsmouth Herald:
Scott Brown goes from Senate to cycle assembly  —  Scott Brown's work at Gus' Bike Shop on his ‘bucket list’
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Kate Bratskeir / The Huffington Post:
Amy Schumer Leaves Ginormous Tip For Student Waiter With 2 Jobs
Discussion: Daily Mail, Mashable and
Chris Palmer /
Montco man gets 20 to 40 years for ricin-laced card
Discussion: Telegraph
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Iran's Spies Tried to Recruit Me
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Poynter.
Lee Stranahan / BREITBART.COM:
Four Weeks Later: Waco Police Narrative Unravels
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Cory Booker to Release Memoir
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
DeMaio calls on CNN to correct sexual harassment ‘smear’
Discussion: Hit & Run and TVNewser
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Healy / New York Times:
A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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121 Illegal Aliens Avoid Deportation, Now Charged With Murder
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Scalia slips, refers to Justice ‘Goldberg’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Bad Choices
Discussion: PolicyShop
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Peter R. Orszag / Bloomberg View:
Congress Doesn't Understand Health Costs, or Care
New York Post:
Bob Simon knew he was dying after crash: suit
Discussion: Associated Press and TVNewser