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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
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 …
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.
Dana Bash / CNN:
Lindsey Graham to call for Confederate flag to come down -  —  South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham will call Monday for the removal of the confederate flag from state grounds, a source familiar with the decision told CNN.
Rodney Smolla / Washington Monthly:
South Carolina: Give Up a Little Pride to Grant Others a Little Peace
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP senator: I'd vote to take Confederate flag down
Discussion: Raw Story
Supreme Court Review:
THE JUSTICES OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT  —  They are called “Justices” not “Judges” to differentiate themselves from lower court judges
certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the ninth circuit  —  No. 13-720. Argued March 31, 2015—Decided June 22, 2015  —  Respondent Marvel Entertainment's corporate predecessor agreed to purchase petitioner Stephen Kimble's patent for a Spider-Man toy in exchange for a lump sum plus a 3% royalty on future sales.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Kimble v. Marvel: Justice Kagan's top Spider-Man jokes in a big patent case
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 …
Larry Klayman / WND:
Obama's race war has real consequences  —  Exclusive: Larry Klayman sees S.C. murders as fallout from prez's ‘stirring up of hatred’  —  Larry Klayman is a former Justice Department prosecutor and the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch.  His latest book is “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment.”
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:   Only Difference Between Dylann Roof and Bill Ayers Is Legitimacy Among the Left
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Carson Calls Out GOPers Who Won't Say Charleston Shooter Is Racist  —  Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson on Monday knocked some of the 2016 contenders who have declined to say that the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston was racially motivated.
Ben S. Carson / USA Today:
Ben Carson: Call it racism
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Slantpoint
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  —  The chief executive officers of America's largest firms earn three times more than they did 20 years ago and at least 10 times more than 30 years ago, big gains even relative to other very-high-wage earners.
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Jamie Grierson / Guardian:
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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
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
ANGRY RACISTS Wave Black Nationalist Flag While Burning US Flag (Video)
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Ken Goldstein / Bloomberg Business:
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
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