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2:55 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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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.
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
Paul Waldman / The Week:   Donald Trump is the personification of the Republican id
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's festival of narcissism
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 …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   Jim Webb: Presidential Decision Coming In Next Two Weeks
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Why Marco Rubio scares all other presidential candidates
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Walker leads nationally in new poll
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
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 …
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 …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
A Victory for Obamacare's Challengers Will Be a Disaster for Republican Candidates  —  Once the conservative legal strategy that gave rise to King v. Burwell got off the ground, Republicans in Congress probably had no choice but to become cheerleaders for, or active participants in, the ensuing litigation.
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
House Republicans to huddle on Obamacare ruling response
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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.
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
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 …
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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Sean Farrell / Guardian:
RBS fails to make 600,000 payments to customers because of IT glitch
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Blumenthal says he didn't write Libya intel he sent Clinton