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4:00 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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's festival of narcissism
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
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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
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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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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House Democrats endorse former President Clinton's paid speeches
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
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