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2:50 PM ET, June 16, 2015

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ABC News:
Trump Makes It Official: He's Running For President  —  Donald Trump, the real estate mogul, reality television star and hair icon, today announced he is taking his first run at the White House.  —  From the iconic Trump Tower in New York City, the Donald told his supporters he is …
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Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Donald Trump Isn't A Real Candidate, In One Chart  —  At FiveThirtyEight, we like to celebrate outliers.  LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers may end up losing in the NBA Finals, but James's performance has been outlandishly good.  In the same vein, I want to congratulate Donald Trump …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Donald Trump: I'm running for president  —  In a free-ranging speech, Trump takes on China, his own wealth, and declares 'I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created"  —  Donald Trump is running for president.  —  Speaking from New York City's Trump Tower office building …
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Why Donald Trump Is Important, in One Chart  —  Businessman Donald Trump is controversial, and his political star has dimmed a bit since he last floated the idea of a White House bid.  But he scores well enough in polls to land a seat in the Republican debates, should he move ahead.
Discussion: Washington Post
William Leitch / Bloomberg Business:
We Are All Donald Trump Now  —  Back in 2000, my grandmother returned from visiting my uncle in Chattanooga to the Coles County Airport of Mattoon, Illinois.  She flew as cheaply as possible, which meant she took tiny US Airways shuttles from Chattanooga to West Lafayette, Indiana, to Mattoon.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, for hacking …
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Rachel Dolezal breaks her silence on TODAY: ‘I identify as black’  —  Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president accused of pretending to be black, tells TODAY's Matt Lauer in an exclusive live interview that she identifies as black — something she started doing at the age of five.
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Paul Steinhauser / NH1:
Shocking new poll in NH suggests Sanders giving Clinton real fight  —  NH1 Political Director - NH1.com  —  CONCORD - A new poll suggests that New Hampshire's 2016 Democratic primary may be up for grabs.  —  According to a survey released Tuesday by Suffolk University …
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Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders' Longshot Campaign Drawing Big Crowds  —  Challenge for the Democratic presidential candidate is to channel the enthusiasm into donations, votes  —  DES MOINES, Iowa—It's the sort of problem many candidates would envy.  Sen. Bernie Sanders is drawing large …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
The Hill:
House punts on trade  —  House GOP leaders are punting on voting again on President Obama's trade agenda, possibly until the end of July.  —  After Friday's failed vote to pass aid for workers displaced by trade deals, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Tina Moore / New York Daily News:
Joyce Mitchell had sexual relationships with both escaped N.Y. inmates, sources say  —  They got out with a bang.  —  The wayward wife accused of helping two killers break out of upstate's Clinton Correctional Facility had sex with both of them, sources told the Daily News.
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CNN:   Source: Fugitives planned to kill husband
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clintons charge big fees to small groups  —  The Clinton Foundation has taken in as much as $11M in payments from non-profit groups.  —  Getty  —  When Condoleezza Rice headlined a 2009 fundraising luncheon for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, she collected a $60,000 speaking fee …
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Michael B. Oren / Wall Street Journal:
How Obama Abandoned Israel  —  Netanyahu and the president both made mistakes, but only one purposely damaged U.S.-Israel relations.  —  'Nobody has a monopoly on making mistakes.  " When I was Israel's ambassador to the United States from 2009 to the end of 2013, that was my standard response …
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
It's official: Obama axes trans fat  —  The Obama administration is making good on its pledge to all but ban trans fat nationwide.  —  The Obama administration is making good on its pledge to all but ban trans fat nationwide.  —  The FDA issued a final decision Tuesday that gives …
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Pete Buttigieg / South Bend Tribune:
South Bend mayor: Why coming out matters  —  Editor's note: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg wrote this essay, which was published on the Tribune's Voices page.  —  Any day now, the Supreme Court will issue a decision on same-sex marriage that will directly affect millions of Americans.
Politico:
GOP rife with tensions over Obamacare-SCOTUS response  —  The Republican senators running for president could stymie the party's response to an anti-Obamacare ruling.  —  Senior Republicans who are worried they'll be blamed for killing health insurance for millions of Americans …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems should not be losing voting-rights fight  —  Why are Democrats losing the debate over voting rights?  —  The biggest political fight shaping the 2016 campaigns for the White House and Senate is over limiting the Democrats' base of likely voters.  —  President Obama twice won …
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project:
Catholics Divided Over Global Warming  —  Partisan Differences Mirror Those Among General Public  —  On the eve of a forthcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment and climate change, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. Catholics' views on global warming …
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Guardian:
Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earth's ecosystem in leaked encyclical
 
 
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