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8:20 AM ET, June 17, 2015

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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.”
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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.
P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Garish Tastes, Awful Hair: Donald Trump Is America  —  He's the king of bad taste in a country that loves bad taste.  And all the candidates (him included) are pygmies anyway.  Go, Donald!  —  Who are these jacklegs, highbinders, wirepullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots …
Randy Lewis / Los Angeles Times:
Neil Young: Donald Trump ‘not authorized’ to rock in the free world
Discussion: The Week
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Pushing Someone Rich, Donald Trump Offers Himself
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:   Watch Donald Trump Go Full Nativist In Presidential Campaign Launch
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Issa escorted out of Benghazi deposition  —  Former House Oversight Committee 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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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Blumenthal says he didn't write Libya intel he sent Clinton  —  Sidney Blumenthal did not write or know the source of any of the Libya intelligence he passed on to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Blumenthal told House Benghazi investigators on Tuesday, according to sources in the room.
Camille Gear Rich / CNN:
Rachel Dolezal has a right to be black  —  NAACP official's race questioned 5 photos  —  Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the head of the local chapter of the NAACP and has identified herself as African-American.  But her Montana birth certificate says she was born to two people who say they are Caucasian.
Discussion: New York Times
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Tamara Winfrey Harris / New York Times:
Black Like Who? Rachel Dolezal's Harmful Masquerade
Discussion: Slantpoint and Althouse
Erin McClam / NBC News:
‘I Definitely Am Not White’: Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Rubio, Bush, Paul Are Clinton's Top Opponents in Swing-States Poll  —  The findings may ramp up the rivalry between two Florida sons, Bush and Rubio.  —  t margarettalev  —  Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul are leading the Republican pack as most electable against Democrat Hillary Clinton …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker, Bush, Rubio lead GOP field; Clinton Still Dominant  —  PPP's newest national Republican poll continues to find a bunched up race at the top.  Scott Walker leads with 17% to 15% for Jeb Bush, 13% for Marco Rubio, 12% for Ben Carson, 11% for Mike Huckabee, 8% for Ted Cruz and Rand Paul …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems give GOP 45-day highway deadline  —  Senate Democrats are giving Republicans 45 days to negotiate a long-term highway funding extension.  —  And while they aren't ruling out supporting another short-term fix when funding runs out at the end of July, they suggest it will be difficult …
Bjorn Lomborg / USA Today:
What Pope Francis should do to really help the poor: Bjorn Lomborg  —  How can we best aid the world's most vulnerable?  —  Pope Francis's concern for the poor is clear, so it is understandable that climate change is the topic of his forthcoming Encyclical — a Papal letter that is sent out to the world.
Wall Street Journal:
The Florida Ties Behind Jeb Bush's Rise  —  Venturing out to make his name, Bush scion tapped the family network in business, politics  —  Jeb Bush came to Miami in 1980, stumping for his father's presidential bid and contemplating his own future.  —  The co-chairman of George H.W. Bush's campaign …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jeb Bush knocks Pope on climate change push  —  He makes a little news during his foray into New Hampshire.  —  DERRY, N.H. — A day after pledging to run, and run hard, in every state, Jeb Bush started off with the relatively easy road through New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
What I learned from covering the Bushes for more than 30 years  —  If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.  —  Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes.
Discussion: Progress Pond
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 …
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.
 
 
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Lenore Skenazy / Hit & Run:
Male Teen Has Consensual Sex with Female Teen.  He Gets 25 Years as Sex Offender, Banned from Internet.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Pelosi / USA Today:
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Asbury Park Press:
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Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Iran Is “Hitler With Nuclear Weapons”
David Brooks / New York Times:
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Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Eschaton and The Hill
Los Angeles Times:
Kirk Kerkorian dies at 98; shook up the car, movie and casino industries
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
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