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6:20 PM ET, June 21, 2015


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Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Democrats veer left then blast everyone else for being ‘right wing’  —  Hillary Clinton knows she has more baggage than Newark Airport.  She doesn't care, because she is counting on two strong forces to carry her to victory: Demographics and the leftward turn in American culture.
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion
Bill Scher / Politico:
‘Liberal’ Isn't a Bad Word Anymore  —  Democrats are moving left.  And America may be too.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Democrats have been running away from the “liberal” label for a long time, but recent polling shows that rank-and-file Democrats are increasingly happy to pin the scarlet “L” on themselves.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Gay Marriage's Moment  —  REMEMBER the AIDS crisis?  If you lived in a big American city during its spread, you were witness to constant sorrow and countless examples of gay people treated as second-class citizens.  —  One was almost certainly this: the steadfast, heartbroken man being shut …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Towleroad
Taylor Swift:
To Apple, Love Taylor  —  I write this to explain why I'll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music.  I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans.
Jason Chaffetz strips Meadows of subcommittee chairmanship  —  The House Republican crackdown on bucking the leadership reaches new levels of severity.  —  The House Republican crackdown has reached a new level of severity.  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz …
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Rule Vote Retribution Continues; Chaffetz Takes Away Subcommittee Gavel  —  And the payback keeps on coming.  —  After three conservative House Republicans were kicked off the whip team as a result of voting against a rule for trade legislation on June 11, a new round of punishment is being meted out …
Discussion: Instapundit
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
After ‘no’ vote on trade, Meadows loses subcommittee chair
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Chuck Todd / NBC News:
Chuck Todd on the Gun Violence Video  —  We've gotten a lot of feedback about the gun video we showed on Meet the Press today.  Some were upset it only featured African-American men talking about their regrets of pulling a trigger.  All of the men in the piece volunteered to be a part …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Raw Story
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Pope Francis' Call to Action Goes Beyond the Environment  —  IN Pope Francis' sprawling new encyclical, “Laudato Si',” there are many mansions: A meditation on biblical ecology, a discussion of environmental policy, a critique of consumerism, even a reflection on the perils of social media.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag  —  WASHINGTON — The massacre of nine African-Americans in a storied Charleston church last week, which thrust the issues of race relations and gun rights into the center of the 2016 presidential campaign, has now resurfaced another familiar …
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Flashback: As Governor, Bill Clinton Honored Confederacy On Arkansas Flag
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Gregory Pratt / Chicago Tribune:
Man, 21, dies shielding mother during South Chicago shooting  —  Get 6 months of complimentary access to
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and The Week
1 dead after 10 people shot at birthday party on Detroit's west side  —  Detroit police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened at a child's birthday party on the city's west side.  —  Detroit Police Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt said shots were fired around 8:30 p.m. at the basketball courts …
Wall Street Journal:
A Bow to Charleston  —  A Northerner bows, deeply, to the South:  —  I have never seen anything like what I saw on television this afternoon.  Did you hear the statements made at the bond hearing of the alleged Charleston, S.C., shooter?  —  Nine beautiful people slaughtered Wednesday …
Andrew Husband / Mediaite:
Hillary Clinton on Charleston: 'We Can't Hide' From Truth of White Privilege
Discussion: Infowars and Liberaland
Nicholas P. Fandos / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Calls America's Struggle With Racism Far From Over
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The PJ Tatler
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
Ohio ISIS Recruit Was Ready to ‘Cut Off the Head of His Non-Muslim Son’  —  To show his devotion to the Islamic State terror group, and to Islam as a whole, an Ohio man arrested on Friday told an informant that he would cut off the head of his own biological son—akin to the beheadings carried …
Michael Oren / Foreign Policy:
How Obama Opened His Heart to the ‘Muslim World’
New York Times:
Attack Gave Chinese Hackers Privileged Access to U.S. Systems  —  WASHINGTON — For more than five years, American intelligence agencies followed several groups of Chinese hackers who were systematically draining information from defense contractors, energy firms and electronics makers …
Discussion: Business Insider
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
Why Do Gunmen Target Churches And Schools, Not NRA Meetings?  —  In the wake of the heinous attack on Charleston's Emanuel American Methodist Episcopal Church, Democrats' ritual calls for more gun control have louder than usual, and a mainstream media's focus on the threat of “mass shootings” has been kicked up a notch.
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Wait Lists Grow as Many More Veterans Seek Care and Funding Falls Far Short
Discussion: The Week
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Tragedy in Charleston
Discussion: Politico
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Why does President Obama criticize the Supreme Court so much?
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Influence of Money in Politics a Top Concern for Voters
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Michael Eric Dyson / New York Times:
Love and Terror in the Black Church
Discussion: Daily Kos
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Rick Perry calls Charleston shooting an ‘accident’
Discussion: Hot Air and BizPac Review
Henri Gendreau / The Columbus Dispatch:
Columbus police officer injures 4-year-old while shooting at dog
Discussion: WBNS-TV, Raw Story and Daily Mail