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5:55 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 …
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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
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Transcript: ‘Our Country Needs a Truly Great Leader’
Discussion: Mashable and The Bob and Chez Show
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump: An Announcement Like No Other
Discussion: ABC News
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:   Watch Donald Trump Go Full Nativist In Presidential Campaign Launch
Washington Post:
Full text: Donald Trump announces a presidential bid
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Issa escorted out of Benghazi deposition  —  Former House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal's deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday.  —  Issa marched into the closed-door deposition …
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Donald Trump Elbows His Way into the Republican Clown Car  —  And Sidney Blumenthal does the whole Benghazi thing.  —  GETTY NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP  —  This is one of those days that cries out for Mark Twain.  Not the jovial old squire of Hartford, but the dark, brooding skeptic who saw human nature …
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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / TIME:
Let Rachel Dolezal Be as Black as She Wants to Be  —  She's given me the courage to reveal my true identity.  —  I sympathize with the dilemma of Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP whose parents maintain that she is not any part black, as she has claimed (#whiteisthenewblack).
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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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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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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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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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Alex Rogers / National Journal:
Joni Ernst: Jeb Bush Should Return to Iowa, Ride a Harley
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 …
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.
Mark Schultz / Raleigh News & Observer:
Teacher, vice principal resign over gay fable  —  Teacher Omar Currie reads a copy of a complaint a parent filed after he read the book 'King & King" to his third grade students at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School.  The school has upheld the use of the book, but a parent has appealed the superintendent.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
The mysterious case of $54 million VA spent on prosthetics in $24,999 payments  —  The payments couldn't help but catch the attention of the top procurement official at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  —  Employees in the purchasing department of a VA hospital in the Bronx …
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
Brian Murphy / Talking Points Memo:
With Eye on Fiscal Armageddon, Texas Set to ‘Repatriate’ Its Gold To New Texas Fort Knox  —  Texas wants its gold back.  —  On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation that will create a state-run gold depository in the Lone Star State - one that will attempt to rival those operated …
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 …
 
 
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Lindsey Graham's memoir blunt about his upbringing
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Alison Elkin / Bloomberg Politics:
Michelle Obama's European Trip in Photos
Discussion: BBC and ABC News
Politico:
Democrats face gut-check moment on spending