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2:05 PM ET, June 22, 2015


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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.
Deena Zaru / CNN:
Obama uses N-word, says we are ‘not cured’ of racism  —  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview released Monday with comedian Marc Maron.  —  Obama weighed in for the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama uses the N-word in podcast interview  —  President Barack Obama did not mince words in discussing race in a recent interview, going so far as to use the N-word in talking about America's complex racial history when speaking to Marc Maron on the comedian's “WTF” podcast in Los Angeles last week.
Discussion: ABC News
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Guest Calls Obama ‘The Rapper-In-Chief’ For Using N-Word (VIDEO)
Discussion: Raw Story
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Obama Uses the N-Word During WTF Interview
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Charlie Neibergall / BREITBART.COM:
Of course, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a Republican.  —  That puts him in proximity with guns and gun posters, as seen in this picture from Associated Press photog Charlie Neibergall, more often than Democrats.  —  Still, imagine a similar situation-a U.S. Senator campaigning for President …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
White Supremacist Who Influenced Charleston Suspect Donated to 2016 G.O.P. Campaigns  —  The leader of a white supremacist group that apparently influenced Dylann Roof, the suspect in the killing of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands …
Larry Klayman / WND:
Obama's race war has real consequences
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
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.
Rodney Smolla / Washington Monthly:
South Carolina: Give Up a Little Pride to Grant Others a Little Peace  —  It was an almost macabre coincidence.  As the nation awoke to the heartbreaking news of the massacre at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, the United States Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that Texas could refuse to issue …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP senator: I'd vote to take Confederate flag down
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
S.C. state rep vows bill to remove Confederate flag
Supreme Court Review:
THE JUSTICES OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT  —  They are called “Justices” not “Judges” to differentiate themselves from lower court judges
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Kimble v. Marvel: Justice Kagan's top Spider-Man jokes in a big patent case  —  Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment poses a serious legal and policy question about the ability of patent holders to extract license fees after the expiration of the underlying patent that led to the fees.
Discussion: Politico and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court cuts the string on Spider-Man toy inventor's patent
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Report: Gruber had larger role in ObamaCare
Discussion: Weekly Standard
NBC News:
First Read: Jeb Bush Leads the GOP Pack  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  Jeb leads the GOP pack  —  A brand-new national NBC/WSJ poll finds Jeb Bush leading …
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio Solidify Front-Runner Status
Ben S. Carson / USA Today:
Ben Carson: Call it racism  —  You can't lead if you can't face the facts.  —  Not everything is about race in this country.  But when it is about race, then it just is.  So when a guy who has been depicted wearing a jacket featuring an apartheid-era Rhodesian flag walks into a historic black church …
Discussion: Washington Post and Shakesville
Melissa Boughton / Post and Courier:
Thousands gather for Bridge to Peace event: ‘We will rise above the hate’  —  Thousands gathered on the Cooper River Bridge, including Annie Summey who hugs Tyeesha Aiken during a unity march Sunday June 21, 2015.  Grace Beahm/Staff  —  “Charleston strong” wasn't just a phrase Sunday night.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
In U.S., Socialist Presidential Candidates Least Appealing  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the 2016 presidential election field takes shape, more than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who is Catholic, a woman, black, Hispanic or Jewish.
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.
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Cato Institute:
Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons: Reforming Regressive Regulation to Boost U.S. Economic Growth
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Jeanne Cummings leaves Bloomberg for WSJ
Jamie Grierson / Guardian:
Cat clings to plane wing for flight
Discussion: CBS DC and The Week
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Cardinal Donald Wuerl on pope's climate change message; can Rick Perry escape mistakes of failed 2012 campaign?
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Hit & Run
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
After Charleston church tragedy, reckless rhetoric from pundits and politicians
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
ANGRY RACISTS Wave Black Nationalist Flag While Burning US Flag (Video)
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 Earlier Items: 
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Key Army commander accused of steering a contract to ex-classmates
Discussion: ABC News and New York Times
Economic Policy Institute:
Top CEOs Make 300 Times More than Typical Workers: Pay Growth Surpasses Stock Gains and Wage Growth of Top 0.1 Percent
Discussion: Forbes, Associated Press and The Week
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Slavery's Long Shadow
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Blair met Khaled Meshaal to negotiate end of Gaza siege
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
China's hackers got what they came for
Ken Goldstein / Bloomberg Business:
The Real Math Behind Hillary Clinton's Candidacy
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Washington whipped into frenzy ahead of ObamaCare ruling