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11:00 AM ET, June 16, 2015

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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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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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: NBC News, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Week ahead: Defense spending, Benghazi testimony top agenda  —  The Senate is looking to wrap up work on its annual defense policy bill and could take up a Pentagon spending measure.  —  The chamber has spent days wading through amendments to the $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act …
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Hillary Clinton = Jeb Bush?
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Some of Hillary Clinton's Libya emails said to be withheld from Benghazi Committee
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Ex-Clinton aide headed before Benghazi panel
Discussion: RedState
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
Jeb Bush Offers Some Surprises  —  Jeb Bush's speech announcing his presidential campaign today confirmed some things we already suspected — like the fact that he's running — but also revealed a few surprises that suggest the 2016 Republican primaries will be more interesting than expected.
Discussion: Vox and CNN
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Gail Sheehy / Politico:
Full text of Jeb Bush's presidential announcement
miamiherald:
With pressure on, Jeb Bush delivers forceful speech confirming 2016 presidential candidacy
Discussion: Naked Politics and Rush Limbaugh
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  —  Mitchell, a prison tailor, is accused of sneaking hacksaw blades, chisels, drill bits, a punch and other contraband into the two convicts' hands.  She has pleaded not guilty to the two charges brought against her but has been talking to investigators.
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 …
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Obama's anti-police ideology  —  As President Obama starts to wind down his tenure in the White House, with just a year and a half to go, he's focusing on federalization of local police forces in the name of “justice.”  Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be his go-to on this project, just as Eric Holder was before her.
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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 …
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) …
Guardian:
Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earth's ecosystem in leaked encyclical  —  Vatican condemns early release of document in which pontiff calls on people to change their lifestyles and energy consumption or face grave consequences  —  Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles …
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Washington Post:
Pope Francis blasts global warming deniers in leaked draft of encyclical
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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 …
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
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
Josh Bivens / cbpp.org:
A Vital Dashboard Indicator For Monetary Policy: Nominal Wage Targets  —  The most important decision that will influence the economic recovery over the next few years is the trajectory of short-term interest rates.  Debate over when to begin raising these short-term rates has picked up in recent months …
 
 
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Gerri Willis / Fox Business:
IRS Finds 6,400 Lois Lerner Emails But Won't Hand Em Over
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Online sales tax debate reignited in the House
Discussion: Washington Post
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Janine Gibson, a Former Guardian Editor, Will Head BuzzFeed's British Operation
Lyda Longa / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
2 boys shoot out woman's teeth with BB gun in Holly Hill, police say
Discussion: Associated Press
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Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
America's Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend
Discussion: Watts Up With That?
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Arlington Cracks Down on Salty Language
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Cory Booker to Release Memoir
Discussion: Politico
Jack Healy / New York Times:
A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money