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2:25 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.
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Donald Trump has spent years courting Hillary and other Dems  —  Donald Trump jumped into the crowded and rowdy Republican presidential field on Tuesday, but the business magnate has astutely played both sides of the aisle for years, and has been especially cozy — financially and personally — with Hillary Clinton.
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
Why Donald Trump will be good for the Republicans in 2016  —  Everyone thinks Donald Trump's candidacy will be a disaster for the Republican Party.  But here are three ways his presence could actually help the GOP.  —  Donald Trump, ignoring my political advice, announced Tuesday …
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
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.
Jason Newman / Rolling Stone:
Neil Young, Donald Trump Spar Over ‘Rockin’ in the Free World' Use  —  Young claims campaign was not authorized to use track, but Trump spokesperson says song was legally obtained  —  When Neil Young released his anthemic track “Rockin' in the Free World” off 1989's Freedom …
Paul Waldman / The Week:   Donald Trump is the personification of the Republican id
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's festival of narcissism
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House Democrats endorse former President Clinton's paid speeches  —  House Democrats say there's nothing wrong with Bill Clinton getting paid to give speeches while Hillary Clinton runs for president.  —  Critics of the speeches, including former Clinton administration official Robert Reich and others …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Senate Dems give GOP 45-day highway deadline
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Path Forward For Obama And Boehner's Trade Agenda Is A Game Theory Jumble
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slantpoint
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: WKRN-TV
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Marco Rubio scares all other presidential candidates  —  US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio  —  Ever get the feeling the candidate who is making other candidates worry the most is Marco Rubio?  Your feeling is on the money.  —  On Sunday, Hillary Rodham …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker, Bush, Rubio lead GOP field; Clinton Still Dominant
Discussion: Political Wire, Daily Kos and Fox News
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 …
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: Scripting News
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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 …
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News' Roger Ailes to Report to James and Lachlan Murdoch, Not Rupert
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Senate votes to ban use of torture  —  The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to ban the U.S. from ever again subjecting prisoners to waterboarding, “rectal feeding” and other brutal interrogation practices widely condemned as torture.  —  In a 78-21 vote, lawmakers on both sides …
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 …
Microsoft:
Satya Nadella email to employees on aligning engineering to strategy  —  As we approach a new fiscal year, I'd like to share with you how we are aligning our structure to our strategy and the changes to our Senior Leadership Team.  —  Over the past year, I have said that Microsoft aspires …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jim Webb: Presidential Decision Coming In Next Two Weeks  —  “I think there's a lot of movement around Bernie just for people to show they're uneasy.”  —  Scott Olson / Getty Images  —  Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a possible Democratic presidential candidate, says he will announcing whether he's running …
CNBC:
Calif. rules Uber driver is an employee  —  A San Francisco-based driver for ride-hailing service Uber is an employee, according to a ruling by the California Labor Commission.  —  The ruling, filed on Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, was the latest in a host of legal …
Lenore Skenazy / Hit & Run:
Male Teen Has Consensual Sex with Female Teen.  He Gets 25 Years as Sex Offender, Banned from Internet.  —  Computer science student Zach Anderson, 19, met a girl, 17, on the “Hot or Not?” app.  He was from Elkhart, Indiana.  She was 20 minutes over the border in Niles, Michigan.  They hooked up.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
 
 
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German Lopez / Vox:
Police seized his life savings without charging him for a crime. Now he's fighting back.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
A brief history of liberal musicians who were horrified when conservatives appropriated their songs
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House Republicans to huddle on Obamacare ruling response
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
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