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9:45 AM 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.
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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.”
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: What Candidate Trump Means For The GOP … By MICHAEL FALCONE  —  NOTABLES  —DONALD TRUMP SAYS HE'D ‘WIN EASILY’ IF HE RAN WITH OPRAH.  According to Donald Trump, a 2016 ticket of Trump for president and Oprah Winfrey for vice president would be a lock for the White House, ABC's CHRIS GOOD notes.
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 …
Discussion: RedState, NBC News, The Week and Ed Driscoll
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Charles Krauthammer On Donald Trump: 'A Campaign That's Run On Know-nothing Xenophobia.'  —  Donald Trump likes Charles Krauthammer about as much as anyone would like a snake bite.  He's called the conservative columnist many things including being an overrated clown and a dummy …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Randy Lewis / Los Angeles Times:
Neil Young: Donald Trump ‘not authorized’ to rock in the free world
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's festival of narcissism
Discussion: Daily Kos, Shakesville and Hit & Run
Chris Good / ABC News:
Trump Says He'd ‘Win Easily’ If He Ran With Oprah
Discussion: Daily Mail and Washington Post
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Donald Trump Isn't A Real Candidate, In One Chart
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.
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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 …
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Ex-Clinton aide didn't write Benghazi memos  —  Hillary Clinton's close adviser Sidney Blumenthal did not personally author or verify any of the memos he sent her about Libya or the Benghazi siege, according to the head of a House panel investigating the 2012 attacks.
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  —  Rachel A. Dolezal, who stepped down Monday as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., could have been a powerful ally to African-Americans.  The participation of white allies has always been important to anti-racism work.
Discussion: Slantpoint and Althouse
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
Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Meet The Valedictorian Who Turned Graduation Into A ‘Shake It Off’ Flashmob  —  Their parents had no idea what was coming.  —  The commencement speech arms race is no joke this year.  It takes something pretty special to grab attention during a season when one valedictorian got …
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Ryan Seacrest
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 …
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.
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
Alicia W. Stewart / Nieman Lab:
From Nieman Reports: Newsrooms find a diverse masthead means better coverage and new audiences  —  “Until the mastheads at the top of organizations understand how critical this reporting is for our democracy, it's not going to change.”  —  Editor's note: Our sister publication Nieman Reports …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton to Pitch Apprenticeships, But Not the Trump Kind  —  Hillary Clinton will call Wednesday for new tax credits for businesses that hire apprentices, drawing on a bipartisan idea for boosting on-the-job training.  —  Clinton will pitch a $1,500-per-apprentice tax credit during …
Discussion: Politico
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / The New Republic:
The Progressive Case for Teaching Shakespeare  —  Last week, high school English teacher Dana Dusbiber took to the pages of The Washington Post to explain why she is reluctant to assign Shakespeare to her students.  Dusbiber, who teaches in Sacramento, California, argued that undue deference …
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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
Julieta Chiquillo / The Scoop Blog:
Woman in McKinney pool party fight denies using racist slurs  —  Tracey Carver, a white woman seen on video in a fight at the McKinney pool party that fueled a national debate about race, spoke at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday to deny accusations that she said racist slurs.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Last Refuge
 
 
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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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