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7:40 AM ET, June 22, 2015

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Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans  —  The leader of a rightwing group that Dylann Roof allegedly credits with helping to radicalise him against black people before the Charleston church massacre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Campaign Donations Linked to White Supremacist  —  The leader of a white supremacist group that has been linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns …
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg Business:
Budget Brawl Gives Ted Cruz, Rand Paul a Chance to Break Out  —  A long, hot summer of budget battles could have a political payoff.  —  t HeidiPrzybyla  —  Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have created national profiles by picking fights in the U.S. Senate, and the two Republican presidential rivals …
Discussion: Political Wire
CofCC:
Media Interviews with the CofCC
Discussion: Business Insider and Slantpoint
Samantha Page / ThinkProgress:
‘Meet The Press’ Shows Anti-Gun Montage Of All Black Shooters Following South Carolina Rampage  —  While the country — and South Carolina, in particular — is once again debating racism in America, NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday offered a video of men in prison expressing regret for their own gun violence.
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Chuck Todd / NBC News:
Chuck Todd on the Gun Violence Video
Discussion: Raw Story and Firedoglake
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Democrats veer left then blast everyone else for being ‘right wing’
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Washington whipped into frenzy ahead of ObamaCare ruling  —  The wait is almost over for what could be the last big legal threat to ObamaCare.  —  Court-watchers are working themselves into a frenzy awaiting a decision on King v. Burwell, one of the most-anticipated cases of the year.
Barbara Ross / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Presidential candidate Donald Trump has ignored five jury summonses in past nine years  —  Presidential candidate Donald Trump's road to the White House skipped several scheduled stops — for jury duty.  —  The Donald, who entered the sprawling GOP primary field last week …
Discussion: Liberaland, Daily Mail and Hot Air
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.
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Bloomberg Business:
Cook Says Chinese Tastes Considered in Apple Product Designs  —  Apple Inc. takes Chinese consumer tastes into account when it designs many of its products, Chief Executive Tim Cook said, underscoring the country's importance to the iPhone maker.  —  The company considers details including color palettes …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Business Insider
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
World News  —  Italy's prime minister and France's president put on a show of unity on Sunday, dismissing suggestions of tensions between their countries over handling the waves ...  By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in front of parliament in Athens on Sunday …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Power Line
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Fiorina promises to ‘throw punches’ if she gets on debate stage  —  Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Saturday said she'd be ready to “throw punches” against her political rivals should she get invited the first presidential debate.  —  She said she “will not be afraid …
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Billy Graham's grandson steps down from Florida megachurch after admitting an affair  —  Billy Graham's grandson Tullian Tchividjian has resigned from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a high-profile church in south Florida, after admitting he had an affair.
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber Had Bigger Role in Health Law, Emails Show  —  Adviser whose comments on Affordable Care Act touched off a furor worked more closely than previously known with White House  —  Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist whose comments …
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
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Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers Brace for Supreme Court Ruling
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New York Times:
Defiant Show of Unity in Charleston Church That Lost 9 to Racist Violence
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Flashback: As Governor, Bill Clinton Honored Confederacy On Arkansas Flag
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Fox News
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Pope Francis' Call to Action Goes Beyond the Environment
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Attack Gave Chinese Hackers Privileged Access to U.S. Systems
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Ohio ISIS Recruit Was Ready to ‘Cut Off the Head of His Non-Muslim Son’