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12:45 AM ET, June 18, 2015


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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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Brian Williams expected to stay at NBC  —  Brian Williams is down, but not out.  —  NBC and Williams have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August.  —  The decision, described by people with knowledge of the plan …
New York Times:
Brian Williams to Stay at NBC, but Not as News Anchor  —  NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq …
Discussion: Guardian, Ed Driscoll, The Week and TVNewser
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Fox News as we know it may be screwed: Roger Ailes' stunning rebuke could spell the end  —  With Rupert Murdoch stepping aside, Roger Ailes will now report to Murdoch's Fox-hating sons  —  After reports surfaced that Rupert Murdoch planned to step down as head of media giant 21st Century Fox …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Senate GOP floats 2-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 people using to get insurance subsidies.
Robert Pear / New York Times:   Top Plaintiff in Health Subsidies Case Awaits Edict Unperturbed
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
A Victory for Obamacare's Challengers Will Be a Disaster for Republican Candidates
Robert Pear / New York Times:
G.O.P. Is Wary About Winning on Health Law
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
Ed Payne / CNN:
Source: Multiple fatalities in shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston  —  Police: Shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C. 01:32  — An official close to the investigation told CNN there are multiple fatalities inside the church.
Matthew Fortner / Post and Courier:
Nine shot, multiple fatalities reported in downtown church shooting  —  Staff reports  —  Scene of church shooting at 9 p.m. at 110 Calhoun Street, site of Mother Emanuel AME Church.  —  Nine people were shot, some fatally, inside one of Charleston's oldest and most well known black churches tonight.
Discussion: Washington Post, Mashable and The Week
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 …
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
Why Donald Trump will be good for the Republicans in 2016
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: WBAY-TV
James Eng / NBC News:
FCC Plans $100 Million Fine Against AT&T Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans
Discussion: WWLP-TV
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Hillary eyeing two terms in Oval Office?  —  Hillary Clinton isn't just ready for 2016—she's ready for 2020, as well.  —  Clinton referenced her plans for “two terms as president” during a campaign stop Wednesday in South Carolina, where she outlined her economic goals.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
Trade Deal Comments Put Hillary Clinton at Odds With Her Former Boss
What really happened at Fairfield pool?  —  Cellphone videos from bystanders show police restraining and arresting teens at Fairfield pool.  Some teens hospitalized and claim police abuse.  Provided/Edited by Glenn Hartong  —  CONNECT  —  An altercation between Fairfield police and patrons …
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.
Jeet Heer / The New Republic:
The Last Time Conservatives Dismissed a Major Encyclical, It Ended Terribly for Them  —  Despair is ranked as one of the unforgivable sins, yet right-wing Catholics deserve some mercy in their despondency.  The bulwark of their political creed is being subverted by both the new direction Pope Francis …
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
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 …
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton: Then and now  —  As I watched Hillary Clinton deliver her formal announcement speech Saturday at Roosevelt Island in New York City, I went through kind of a time warp.  What year is this?  —  I remembered the first time I met her: It was in September of 1969 …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Keegan Hankes / Hatewatch:
Anniston Police Department Has Two Hate Group Members on the Force  —  In 2013, Josh Doggrell took the stage at the national conference for the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS).  In a non-descript suit-and-tie, he spoke about gun rights, county supremacy, the state of law enforcement in Alabama and his loyalty to the League.
Benghazi panel probes Sidney Blumenthal's work for David Brock  —  Republican members of a special congressional committee spent hours on Tuesday grilling Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal about the inner workings of the Clinton's philanthropic and political operations …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Gun owners not likely to use firearms for self-defense, study claims  —  A new study attempts to debunk the claim that gun owners rely on their firearms for self-defense.  —  The left-leaning Violence Policy Center released a study Wednesday that finds people are much more likely to use …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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Brian Koerber / Mashable:
Awesome dad creates custom eye patches for his daughter
Discussion: KFOR-TV and
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
UC teaching faculty members not to criticize race-based affirmative action, call America ‘melting pot,’ and more
Discussion: Althouse
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul to Detail Flat Tax Plan
Jeb Bush / Guardian:
Jeb Bush joins Republican backlash against pope on climate change
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
 Earlier Items: 
Eun Kyung Kim /
Rachel Dolezal: I cried reading Caitlyn Jenner's story — it ‘resonated’
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
CBO: Debt to hit 101 percent of GDP by 2039
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Forbes
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
An American Kidnapping
Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
A brief history of liberal musicians who were horrified when conservatives appropriated their songs