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2:00 PM ET, June 16, 2015

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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 …
Discussion: FOX News Radio, Slantpoint and Hot Air
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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 …
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 …
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.
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Why Donald Trump Is Important, in One Chart
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Politico:
Democrats face gut-check moment on spending  —  They aim to force Republicans to increase domestic spending by killing GOP funding bills.  —  Senate Democrats are ready to follow through on a risky strategy to confront Republicans this week over government spending, shrugging off Republicans' assertions …
Discussion: The Hill and Balloon Juice
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Week ahead: Defense spending, Benghazi testimony top agenda
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Hillary Clinton = Jeb Bush?
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
Discussion: KSNT-TV
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 …
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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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sidney Blumenthal, Hillary Clinton's Confidant, Turns Over Memos on Libya  —  WASHINGTON — A close confidant of Hillary Rodham Clinton's, Sidney Blumenthal, has provided the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, with dozens of pages of emails between him and Mrs. Clinton …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clintons charge big fees to small groups
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.
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 …
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: June 2015  —  Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie … A Focus On Prescription Drugs  —  The Public Says Prescription Drug Prices Are Unreasonable  —  In April, when asked about their health care priorities for the President and Congress going forward …
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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lindsey Graham's memoir blunt about his upbringing  —  He shares stories of tough times and failed relationships.  —  Lindsey Graham grew up in the back room of a South Carolina bar, sharing a bathroom with patrons who worked down the street at a nearby mill plant.  He took baths with water heated up on the stove.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Mediaite
 
 
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Brandon Wade / Associated Press:
Indictment: Phoenix Man Helped Plan Texas Cartoon Contest Shooting
Discussion: The Week
Kori Schake / Foreign Policy:
The GOP Is Not Going to Win This Election on Foreign Policy
Tom Ginsburg / New York Times:
Stop Revering Magna Carta
Alison Elkin / Bloomberg Politics:
Michelle Obama's European Trip in Photos
Discussion: ABC News and BBC
Gerri Willis / Fox Business:
IRS Finds 6,400 Lois Lerner Emails But Won't Hand Em Over
 Earlier Items: 
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Online sales tax debate reignited in the House
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Bivens / cbpp.org:
A Vital Dashboard Indicator For Monetary Policy: Nominal Wage Targets
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
Jeb Bush Offers Some Surprises
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Obama's anti-police ideology
Lyda Longa / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
2 boys shoot out woman's teeth with BB gun in Holly Hill, police say
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Mail
Guardian:
Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earth's ecosystem in leaked encyclical