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5:00 PM ET, June 19, 2015


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Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Shooter Almost Backed Out Because ‘Everyone Was So Nice’  —  Dylann Roof, the man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been charged with nine counts of murder and illegal weapons possession, police said.
Ed Payne / CNN:
Story highlights  —  (CNN)[Breaking news update at 7:27 a.m. ET]  —  Dylann Roof has confessed to authorities to shooting and killing nine people this week at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two law enforcement officials said Friday.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush: 'I Don't Know' If Charleston Shooting Was Racially Motivated  —  As more becomes clear about the motives of the man believed to be behind the Charleston church shooting, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was hesitant to connect Dylann Storm Roof's alleged actions to any racial prejudice.
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Suggests Donald Trump-Like Comments Can ‘Trigger’ Events Like Charleston … Hillary Clinton didn't call The Donald out by name, but she suggested in an interview Thursday that comments like ones the real estate tycoon-turned-Republican presidential candidate made during …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Lindsey Graham defends Confederate flag: ‘It works here’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican presidential candidate, on Friday said the Confederate flag is part of the heritage of his home state of South Carolina, rebuffing calls for it to be taken down after a mass shooting in the state.
Justin Wm / Washington Post:
Why South Carolina's Confederate flag isn't at half-mast after church shooting  —  After Dylann Storm Roof allegedly shot up an AME church in Charleston, S.C., killing nine people, two flags were lowered more than 100 miles away in Columbia, the state's capital.
Post and Courier:
Despite mourning, statehouse Confederate battle flag remains at full staff  —  The Confederate flag flying at the Statehouse in Columbia became part of the Charleston church shooting story Thursday after the U.S. and South Carolina flags were lowered in mourning but the rebel banner was left flying at its full height.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Conversation We Won't Have  —  Dylann Roof appears more evil than disturbed.  Perhaps he had mental health issues.  But at some point we just need to call him evil.  White supremacy and segregation are evils.  He appears to have believed in both.  People who believe in white supremacy …
Discussion: Advocate
Wall Street Journal:
The Charleston Shooting  —  An echo of 52 years ago, but also a crucial difference.  —  It is inevitable that when nine black men and women are shot to death inside their church by a 21-year-old white man in Charleston, S.C., the issue of race in America will be raised.
The Huffington Post:
Jeb Bush: 'I Don't Know What Was On The Mind' Of Charleston Shooter
Anthea Butler / Washington Post:
Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’?
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Operation Replace Jeb Bush  —  John Kasich is on a last-ditch mission to prove he can be the Republican establishment's dream candidate in 2016.  —  Getty  —  Sensing the window of opportunity is closing, John Kasich is on a last-minute dash across the country to convince party donors …
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush Makes Surprise Pick for Political Director
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Voodoo, Jeb! Style
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Ballot Access Problem For Bernie Sanders?  —  In what I assume is a moment of mischief, former NH Republican congressman Charlie Bass has penned a WaPo op-ed suggesting that Bernie Sanders' robust poll numbers in NH may not matter because he will not be elgible to run for president in the Granite State as a Democrat.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Charles F. Bass / Washington Post:   Bernie Sanders's primary problem
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In L.A., Obama addresses Washington's dysfunction: ‘I did not say I would fix it’  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — President Obama wrapped up a day he began with an angry and frustrated reaction to the mass killings in Charleston, S.C., by acknowledging that he has been unable to change the culture …
Carl Icahn / Shareholders Square Table:
My comments re Donald Trump running for President & wanting to nominate me for the Secretary of Treasury  —  I was extremely surprised to learn that Donald was running for President and even more surprised that he stated he would make me Secretary of Treasury.
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Huckabee: If Somebody in That Prayer Meeting Had a Conceal Carry...  President Obama had a moment to bring healing to the nation, but he chose to play politics instead, using the terrible massacre in Charleston to call for a crackdown on guns.  —  Everything with this administration is about politics.
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