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3:50 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Paul Waldman / The Week:   Donald Trump is the personification of the Republican id
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, BuzzFeed and The Verge
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Alison Griswold / Slate:
A California Labor Ruling Just Said Uber Drivers Are Employees. That's Uber's Worst Nightmare.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
California Says Uber Driver Is Employee, Not a Contractor
Discussion: Techdirt and The Week
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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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Walker leads nationally in new poll
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
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.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   Jim Webb: Presidential Decision Coming In Next Two Weeks
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 …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft aligns engineering teams to strategy
Discussion: The Verge, Mashable and Engadget
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.
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Confidence in Religion at New Low, but Not Among Catholics  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans' confidence in the church and organized religion has fallen dramatically over the past four decades, hitting an all-time low this year of 42%.  Confidence in religion began faltering …
Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
GE's Immelt Says He'd Move Jobs Overseas If Ex-Im Bank Ends  —  He also urges lawmakers to support fast-track trade negotiating legislation.  —  General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt threatened to move U.S. jobs overseas if Congress doesn't reauthorize the Export-Import Bank's charter …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
 
 
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Ron Fournier / National Journal:
How to Defeat ISIS With Millennial Spirit and Service
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and The Great Debate
DNAinfo New York:
‘Dog Racism’ Decried at Co-op That May Use DNA Tests to Ban Breeds
Katie McDonough / Salon:
Hobby Lobby on steroids: GOP guts family planning in latest crusade against reproductive health
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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Escaped tiger from flooded Tbilisi zoo ‘is liquidated’ after it kills man
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
What I learned from covering the Bushes for more than 30 years
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Blumenthal says he didn't write Libya intel he sent Clinton