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9:15 AM ET, June 17, 2015

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David Corn / Mother Jones:
Neil Young to Donald Trump: Don't Rock in My Free World  —  The rocker also endorses Bernie Sanders.  —  When Donald Trump strode on to the stage at Trump Tower on Tuesday to announce that he would enter the Republican race for president, a rock and roll anthem blared: Neil Young's “Rockin' in the Free World.”
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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.
Randy Lewis / Los Angeles Times:
Neil Young: Donald Trump ‘not authorized’ to rock in the free world  —  Billionaire Donald Trump, a Republican, announced his bid for the presidency with Neil Young's “Rockin' in the Free World” blasting in the background, and once again a political candidate has associated himself with a rock star without the endorsement of said star.
P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Garish Tastes, Awful Hair: Donald Trump Is America  —  He's the king of bad taste in a country that loves bad taste.  And all the candidates (him included) are pygmies anyway.  Go, Donald!  —  Who are these jacklegs, highbinders, wirepullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots …
Discussion: RedState, NBC News, The Week and Ed Driscoll
Chris Good / ABC News:
Trump Says He'd ‘Win Easily’ If He Ran With Oprah
Discussion: Daily Mail and Washington Post
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Blumenthal says he didn't write Libya intel he sent Clinton  —  Sidney Blumenthal did not write or know the source of any of the Libya intelligence he passed on to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Blumenthal told House Benghazi investigators on Tuesday, according to sources in the room.
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Issa escorted out of Benghazi deposition  —  Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal's deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday.  —  Issa marched into the closed-door deposition …
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Ex-Clinton aide didn't write Benghazi memos  —  Hillary Clinton's close adviser Sidney Blumenthal did not personally author or verify any of the memos he sent her about Libya or the Benghazi siege, according to the head of a House panel investigating the 2012 attacks.
Camille Gear Rich / CNN:
Rachel Dolezal has a right to be black  —  NAACP official's race questioned 5 photos  —  Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the head of the local chapter of the NAACP and has identified herself as African-American.  But her Montana birth certificate says she was born to two people who say they are Caucasian.
Discussion: New York Times
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Tamara Winfrey Harris / New York Times:
Black Like Who? Rachel Dolezal's Harmful Masquerade
Discussion: Slantpoint and Althouse
Erin McClam / NBC News:
‘I Definitely Am Not White’: Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Rubio, Bush, Paul Are Clinton's Top Opponents in Swing-States Poll  —  The findings may ramp up the rivalry between two Florida sons, Bush and Rubio.  —  t margarettalev  —  Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul are leading the Republican pack as most electable against Democrat Hillary Clinton …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker, Bush, Rubio lead GOP field; Clinton Still Dominant
Mark Schultz / Raleigh News & Observer:
Teacher, vice principal resign over gay fable  —  Teacher Omar Currie reads a copy of a complaint a parent filed after he read the book 'King & King" to his third grade students at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School.  The school has upheld the use of the book, but a parent has appealed the superintendent.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems give GOP 45-day highway deadline  —  Senate Democrats are giving Republicans 45 days to negotiate a long-term highway funding extension.  —  And while they aren't ruling out supporting another short-term fix when funding runs out at the end of July, they suggest it will be difficult …
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 …
Discussion: Ryan Seacrest and Fox News Insider
Bjorn Lomborg / USA Today:
What Pope Francis should do to really help the poor: Bjorn Lomborg  —  How can we best aid the world's most vulnerable?  —  Pope Francis's concern for the poor is clear, so it is understandable that climate change is the topic of his forthcoming Encyclical — a Papal letter that is sent out to the world.
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Senate passes torture ban despite Republican opposition  —  Despite 21 Republican senators rejecting push to prevent future administrations from enacting Bush-era CIA torture programs, bipartisan amendment passes  —  More than 20 Republican senators rejected a ban on the use of cruel …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jeb Bush knocks Pope on climate change push  —  He makes a little news during his foray into New Hampshire.  —  DERRY, N.H. — A day after pledging to run, and run hard, in every state, Jeb Bush started off with the relatively easy road through New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Wall Street Journal:
The Florida Ties Behind Jeb Bush's Rise  —  Venturing out to make his name, Bush scion tapped the family network in business, politics  —  Jeb Bush came to Miami in 1980, stumping for his father's presidential bid and contemplating his own future.  —  The co-chairman of George H.W. Bush's campaign …
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton to Pitch Apprenticeships, But Not the Trump Kind  —  Hillary Clinton will call Wednesday for new tax credits for businesses that hire apprentices, drawing on a bipartisan idea for boosting on-the-job training.  —  Clinton will pitch a $1,500-per-apprentice tax credit during …
Discussion: Politico
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
What I learned from covering the Bushes for more than 30 years  —  If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.  —  Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes.
Discussion: Progress Pond
 
 
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Lenore Skenazy / Hit & Run:
Male Teen Has Consensual Sex with Female Teen.  He Gets 25 Years as Sex Offender, Banned from Internet.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Pelosi / USA Today:
Trade promotion authority on its last legs
Asbury Park Press:
LIVE NOW: Press conference on Asbury Park shooting
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Iran Is “Hitler With Nuclear Weapons”
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Democratic Tea Party
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Eschaton and The Hill
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Oversight chair wants officials fired over hack
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Kirk Kerkorian dies at 98; shook up the car, movie and casino industries
Discussion: The Week and NPR
Thomas Tracy / New York Daily News:
Accused gay-bash attacker at Dallas BBQ surrenders to NYPD, but lawyer says he's gay too: sources
Discussion: Daily Mail and Advocate
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
The mysterious case of $54 million VA spent on prosthetics in $24,999 payments
John Marzulli / New York Daily News:
Long Island high school student sues over SAT printing error
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Revokes Monster's Authority to Make Licensed Accessories