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5:15 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.
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 …
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 …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Donald Trump names his favorite prez: Bill Clinton  —  Donald Trump may be a Republican, but his favorite president of the last four is none other than Bill Clinton.  —  “There was a little spirit,” Trump said in an interview set to air on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and BuzzFeed
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 …
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 …
Paul Waldman / The Week:   Donald Trump is the personification of the Republican id
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Bernie Sanders surge forms backdrop for Hillary Clinton S.C. visit  —  Her stop in the first-in-the-South primary state is exposing her to a dose of Bernie-mentum.  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — This humid Southern city just a few miles from the Atlantic coast is far from Bernie Sanders' home turf.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Walks the Line Between Presidential Ally and Aspirant  —  WASHINGTON — If there was one moment recently in which President Obama could have used Hillary Rodham Clinton's help, it was on Sunday, as the president scrambled to salvage his trade deal, which had been halted by congressional Democrats.
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jim Webb: Presidential Decision Coming In Next Two Weeks
Discussion: Des Moines Register
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
California Says Uber Driver Is Employee, Not a Contractor
Discussion: Techdirt and The Week
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
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 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:
G.O.P. Is Wary That Health Care Win Could Have Its Own Risks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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.
Matt / Independent Journal Review:
IJReview Partnering with ABC News for New Hampshire GOP Primary Debate  —  Alexandria, VA - IJReview, a leading social-first news company, will partner with ABC News to host the New Hampshire Republican Primary debate.  It will be IJReview's first presidential debate and will be held at St. Anselm College on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
Discussion: TVNewser and Washington Post
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: What Candidate Trump Means For The GOP
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Walker leads nationally in new poll
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Marco Rubio scares all other presidential candidates
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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 …
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.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
CBO: Debt to hit 101 percent of GDP by 2039  —  U.S. debt will hit 101 percent of the nation's economic output by 2039, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in a report released Tuesday.  —  That's slightly lower than the nonpartisan CBO's projection from a year ago …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Forbes
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 …
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush A Maybe On Trans Military Service
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Theresa Amato / New York Times:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Confidence in Religion at New Low, but Not Among Catholics
Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
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Katie McDonough / Salon:
Hobby Lobby on steroids: GOP guts family planning in latest crusade against reproductive health
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% YoY to 615M, below 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% YoY to 239M, and a €168M operating income

Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
PEN America cancels its 2024 literary awards ceremony, set for April 29, after months of protests over the organization's response to the war in Gaza

Adam B. Vary / Variety:
The Blair Witch Project cast requests retroactive residuals and “meaningful consultation” on future projects, after Lionsgate and Blumhouse announced a reboot

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