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9:55 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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Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Transcript: ‘Our Country Needs a Truly Great Leader’  —  Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he was running for president in 2016, a move that threatens to upend the already crowded Republican primary field.  In his speech, Mr. Trump offered a blistering critique of the Obama administration and of politicians in general.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Neil Young to Donald Trump: Don't Rock in My Free World  —  The rocker also endorses Bernie Sanders.  —  When Donald Trump strode on to the stage at Trump Tower on Tuesday to announce that he would enter the Republican race for president, a rock and roll anthem blared: Neil Young's “Rockin' in the Free World.”
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 and Hot Air
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
Discussion: Hit & Run, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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 …
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.
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).
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 …
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Senate passes torture ban despite Republican opposition
Politico:
House GOP poised to pursue fast-track without aid for workers  —  Dropping Trade Adjustment Assistance risks losing Democratic support for the larger trade deal.  —  The House is on the brink of scheduling a standalone vote on giving President Barack Obama fast-track trade authority without …
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Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
McCarthy: Trade Vote Reveals ‘Civil War’ in Democratic Party
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Moe Lane
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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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 …
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 …
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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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.
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Oversight chair wants officials fired over hack  —  House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called on President Obama to fire at least two top officials from the embattled Office of Personnel Management (OPM) over their role in the massive data breach that has rattled the government.
Alex Rogers / National Journal:
Joni Ernst: Jeb Bush Should Return to Iowa, Ride a Harley  —  The Iowa Republican says if Bush wants to ride, she'll “get him hooked up.”  —  Now that Jeb Bush has officially launched his presidential bid, Sen. Joni Ernst has a very specific campaign suggestion for him.
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems should not be losing voting-rights fight
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
 
 
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David Streitfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Kirk Kerkorian, once L.A.'s richest man, dies at 98
Discussion: The Week and NPR
Thomas Tracy / New York Daily News:
Accused gay-bash attacker at Dallas BBQ surrenders to NYPD, but lawyer says he's gay too: sources
Discussion: Daily Mail and Advocate
FIRE:
Northwestern Risks Academic Freedom (Again) by Censoring Bioethics Journal with ‘Bad Girls’ Theme
Discussion: Hit & Run
John Marzulli / New York Daily News:
Long Island high school student sues over SAT printing error
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Revokes Monster's Authority to Make Licensed Accessories
Discussion: The Verge, 9to5Mac and Engadget
Nick Gass / Politico:
White House fence jumper gets 17 months in prison
 Earlier Items: 
Kori Schake / Foreign Policy:
The GOP Is Not Going to Win This Election on Foreign Policy
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lindsey Graham's memoir blunt about his upbringing
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Mediaite