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11:30 PM ET, June 22, 2015

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MJ Lee / CNN:
First on CNN: Walmart to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise  —  (CNN)Walmart, the country's largest retailer, will remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its stores, the company told CNN Monday.  —  The announcement is the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South …
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Grace Beahm / Post and Courier:
Haley will call for the Confederate flag's removal today  —  Staff reports  —  Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a news conference in Columbia at 4 p.m. today at which, sources said, she will call for the Confederate flag to come down from the Statehouse grounds.
Clay Chandler / The Clarion Ledger:
Gunn: Confederate part of state flag ‘needs to be removed’  —  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night that the Confederate emblem in the state's official flag has to go.  —  “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Gunn, a Clinton Republican, said in a statement.
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host: Why Are GOPers Being Asked About Democrats' Confederate Flag?  (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said Monday she didn't understand why Republican presidential candidates were being “peppered” over the flying of the Confederate flag on the South Carolina state capitol grounds.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
‘White racism,’ NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
wtfpod.com:
WTF Podcast  —  Episode 613 - President Barack Obama  —  Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear.
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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Guest Calls Obama ‘The Rapper-In-Chief’ For Using N-Word (VIDEO)
Discussion: Raw Story
TMZ.com:
Diddy Arrested — FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT with UCLA Football Coach  —  6:50 PM PT — Diddy was cuffed in the back of a campus patrol car as officers transferred him to L.A. County jail.  —  4:35 PM PT — Sources connected with Diddy tells us the rap mogul is adamant he acted in SELF DEFENSE and was not the aggressor.
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Property owners prevail in raisin takings case  —  The Supreme Court has just issued its decision in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, the raisin takings case.  As most observers predicted after the oral argument, the ruling is a victory for the property owners - a very important one.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Sides With Raisin Farmers in Property Rights Case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Outside the Beltway
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
SCOTUS sides with raisin farmers in just compensation case
Discussion: Hit & Run, Moe Lane, RedState and Politico
Bill Curry / Salon:
Hillary Clinton is going to lose: She doesn't even see the frustrated progressive wave that will nominate Bernie Sanders  —  Clinton's positioning on TPP is way too cute.  When it passes with Dems' implicit support, grass roots will explode  —  Hillary Clinton went to New York's Roosevelt Island earlier …
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Co-Host Pete Hegseth Hits Man with Axe  —  No idea how we missed this, but here it goes: During last Sunday's broadcast of Fox & Friends, co-host Pete Hegseth tossed an axe to tease an upcoming segment on timbersports, missed the target, and hit a marching band percussionist standing in the distance.
Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces that he has ‘advanced’ cancer  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with “a very advanced and very aggressive” form of cancer.  —  His wife Yumi, his daughters and sons-in-law and his young granddaughter were in the room …
Yahoo Politics:
Obama to give eulogy for slain Charleston pastor  —  President Barack Obama on Friday will deliver the eulogy for pastor and South Carolina state senator Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine victims of the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week.  Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the service.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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Hanna Trudo / Politico:
AP photo shows a gun pointed at Ted Cruz's head  —  In an Associated Press image that drew comment and criticism on Twitter on Sunday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is seen speaking with what appeared to be a gun aimed straight at him.  —  The photograph — taken by the AP's Charlie Neibergall …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz's Dad: Northeastern Catholics, Jews Put Being Dems Above Religion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charlie Neibergall / BREITBART.COM:
Of course, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a Republican.
Andres Jauregui / The Huffington Post:
KFC ‘Fried Rat’ Is In Fact Chicken, Lab Test Confirms  —  It doesn't look appetizing, but it's definitely chicken.  —  Last week, KFC was forced to confront a customer's accusations that he'd been served a fried rat in a three-piece meal at a Los Angeles store.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
How Megyn Kelly Became the New Star of Fox News  —  Megyn Kelly is bucking the conventional wisdom of what it means to be a Fox News anchor.  The take-no-prisoners newswoman isn't afraid to throw hardballs at Republicans.  She recently lectured Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over his penchant for arguing with female reporters.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and TVNewser
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Is Barack Obama correct that mass killings don't happen in other countries?  —  Stewart Watson, right, comforts Maranda Mincey at the sidewalk memorial at the “Mother” Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 19, 2015.  A gunman killed nine worshippers there the previous day.
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Iran's Forces and U.S. Share a Base in Iraq  —  The U.S. military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are getting closer and closer in Iraq, even sharing a base, while Iran uses those militias to expand its influence in Iraq and fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime in neighboring Syria.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's GoPro antics rile Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court of the United States briefly removed media interns from its press room on Monday after a CNN intern was caught recording video footage with a GoPro camera that he had strapped to his chest, the On Media blog has learned.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Poynter. and TVNewser
 
 
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National Journal:
Starting in the 1970s, according to the progressive narrative, a sort of political dark age set in.
David Sirota / International Business Times:
Trade Pact: How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Gives Corporations Special Legal Rights
Discussion: Firedoglake
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Just Hired Julian Castro's Senior Advisor
Discussion: San Antonio Current
Financial Times:
Greek public stops paying off personal debts as uncertainty grows
Discussion: Business Insider
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Americans are drinking less coffee, one K-Cup at a time
Jim Michaels / USA Today:
Marines looking at deploying aboard foreign ships
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Shellie Nelson / WQAD-TV:
Storms destroy Menominee-Dunleith fire station, winds clocked over 80 miles per hour
Discussion: FOX6Now.com and FOX31 Denver
Cliff Zukin / New York Times:
What's the Matter With Polling?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist