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8:20 PM ET, June 17, 2015


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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Witless Ape Rides Escalator  —  Donald Trump is in the race.  —  Donald Trump may be the man America needs.  Having been through four bankruptcies, the ridiculous buffoon with the worst taste since Caligula is uniquely positioned to lead the most indebted organization in the history of the human race.
Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement  —  Donald Trump's big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.  —  New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list …
Angelo Carusone / Medium:
Donald Trump Hired Paid Actors To Attend Presidential Launch Event  —  “I am officially running for president of the United States and we are going to make our country great again,” proclaimed Donald Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower.  And with that, Trump ended his decades long flirtation …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
@realDonaldTrump - Mr. Trump should know he's doing something right when the malcontents go ballistic in the press!  There is no denying Donald J. Trump's accomplishments and drive to create opportunity for every willing American to succeed.  His own success is testament to the job-creating achievements …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech  —  Businessman Donald Trump is a fact checker's dream ... and nightmare.  He spouts off so many “facts,” often twisted or wrong, that it takes a lot of time to hack through the weeds.  So here are some of the highlights …
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump: Club For Growth is Attacking Me After Seeking $1 Million Donation  —  Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that the Club For Growth is going after him because he did not heed its recent request to donate $1 million dollars.  —  Just hours after Trump announced his candidacy for president Tuesday …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Trump circus comes to Iowa
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Senate GOP floats two-year Obamacare fix  —  Senate Republicans are coalescing around a plan to extend Obamacare subsidies for up to two years if the Supreme Court strikes them this month.  —  The court is due to rule within days on whether the president's health care law allows …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
A Victory for Obamacare's Challengers Will Be a Disaster for Republican Candidates
Robert Pear / New York Times:   Top Plaintiff in Health Subsidies Case Awaits Edict Unperturbed
Robert Pear / New York Times:
G.O.P. Is Wary That Health Care Win Could Have Its Own Risks
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Jeb Bush / Guardian:
Jeb Bush joins Republican backlash against pope on climate change  —  Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush joined forces with the coal industry and climate deniers in a gathering conservative backlash against the pope, lashing out against a leaked draft of the spiritual leader's letter on climate change.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Pope's Views on Climate Change Add Pressure to Catholic Candidates  —  WASHINGTON — As the steamy hurricane season descends on Miami, the city's Roman Catholic archbishop, Thomas G. Wenski, is planning a summer of sermons, homilies and press events designed to highlight the threat that a warming planet …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Confidence in Religion at New Low, but Not Among Catholics
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ data  —  The Federal Communications Commission slapped AT&T with a $100 million fine Wednesday, accusing the country's second largest cellular carrier of improperly slowing down Internet speeds for customers who had signed up for “unlimited” data plans.
Discussion: WATE-TV
German Lopez / Vox:
Police seized his life savings without charging him for a crime.  Now he's fighting back.  —  Charles Clarke entered the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport last February eager to go back to his mother after a months-long visit with relatives.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Walker leads nationally in new poll  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads a tight field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling.  —  Walker is alone in first place in the poll with 17 percent, followed by former Florida …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Marco Rubio scares all other presidential candidates
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Alison Griswold / Slate:
A California Labor Ruling Just Said Uber Drivers Are Employees.  That's Uber's Worst Nightmare.  —  In what could be an explosive decision, the California Labor Commission has found that a driver for Uber in San Francisco is an employee of the company.  That's from a ruling filed in state court …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
We Crashed Jeb Bush's Super PAC's Donor Call, And Here's What They Said  —  Right to Rise PAC says its raised $17 million in the New York-area so far, and its July fundraising report will give Jeb Bush's opponents a “heart attacks.”  —  ANDREW PATRON / Getty Images
Discussion: Guardian
Jose Martinez / Americans for Tax Fairness:
The Walmart Web: How the World's Biggest Corporation Secretly Uses Tax Havens to Dodge Taxes  —  A groundbreaking report reveals that Walmart has built a vast, undisclosed network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 overseas tax havens, which may be used to minimize foreign taxes …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Guardian and Common Dreams
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April suggests that economic activity has been expanding moderately after having changed little during the first quarter.  The pace of job gains picked up while the unemployment rate remained steady.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Roger Ailes's Demotion Signals Power Shift Within Murdoch Empire  —  Rupert Murdoch issues a stinging rebuke.  —  Shares  —  For much of the past 15 years, Roger Ailes has operated with virtual impunity inside Rupert Murdoch's media empire.  Nothing, it seemed, could induce Murdoch …
Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
A brief history of liberal musicians who were horrified when conservatives appropriated their songs  —  Neil Young suing the Donald is just the latest reason why right-wingers should just stop using music at rallies  —  When Donald Trump announced his presidential bid yesterday …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Carly for America?  Bad.  CARLY for America?  Fine.  —  Back in April, the executive director of the super PAC backing Carly Fiorina dared the Federal Election Commission to sanction the organization for calling itself “Carly for America,” which violated rules prohibiting using a candidate's name …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
Taken  —  I took some time this weekend to re-read Jennifer Gonnerman's piece on the odyssey of Kalief Browder.  I wanted to understand how, precisely, it happened that a boy was snatched off the streets of New York, repeatedly beaten, and subjected to the torture of solitary confinement, and yet no one was held accountable.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Encryption “would not have helped” at OPM, says DHS official  —  Attackers had valid user credentials and run of network, bypassing security.  —  During testimony today in a grueling two-hour hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Office of Personnel Management …
Discussion: RedState
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul to Detail Flat Tax Plan
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
As budget fight rages at home, Wisconsin's Scott Walker goes abroad
Discussion: JSOnline and Talking Points Memo
Agence France-Presse:
Stop eating Nutella and save the forests, urges French ecology minister
Discussion: Guardian, Grist, New York Times and CBS DC
Eun Kyung Kim /
Rachel Dolezal: I cried reading Caitlyn Jenner's story — it ‘resonated’
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Walks the Line Between Presidential Ally and Aspirant
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
CBO: Debt to hit 101 percent of GDP by 2039
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Forbes
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Hillary Clinton's Identity Crisis
Discussion: New York Times
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Bernie Sanders surge forms backdrop for Hillary Clinton S.C. visit
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