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11:25 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 …
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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
White Supremacist Linked to Charleston Suspect Donated to 2016 G.O.P. Campaigns  —  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 …
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 …
Media Interviews with the CofCC
Discussion: Business Insider and Slantpoint
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg Business:   Budget Brawl Gives Ted Cruz, Rand Paul a Chance to Break Out
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.
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 and Raw Story
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” …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Report: Gruber had larger role in ObamaCare
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Slavery's Long Shadow
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP senator: I'd vote to take Confederate flag down  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) called for the Confederate flag to come down in the wake of last week's shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina.  —  “I see no reason for it to continue, I would certainly vote against flying …
Discussion: Raw Story
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:   Charleston mayor: Access to guns is ‘insane’
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
In Charleston, a Millennial Race Terrorist  —  “You don't have to do this,” said Tywanza Sanders to the young man who suddenly rose and drew a gun, and according to witnesses, said he was there “to shoot black people.”  —  He had been sitting in the Bible study session at Charleston …
New York Times:   Defiant Show of Unity in Charleston Church That Lost 9 to Racist Violence
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.
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.
Ethan Sacks / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man Miles Morales …
Discussion: Guardian, The Verge and Mashable
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and SCOTUSblog
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers Brace for Supreme Court Ruling
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
Ken Goldstein / Bloomberg Business:
The Real Math Behind Hillary Clinton's Candidacy  —  Elections are fundamentally about math, and the most fundamental of the fundamental factors is demographics—the ethnic and racial composition of the electorate.  —  So far, Hispanic voters have been getting the most attention from the media …
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.
Discussion: The Week, Fusion and Politico
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
China's hackers got what they came for  —  The Chinese hackers who are believed to have cracked into the federal government's networks might not be back for a while.  —  They got what they came for.  —  “I think they have 95 percent of what they want from both U.S. industry and government …
John Frank / Denver Post:
University of Denver stump speech by Democrat candidate for president hinges on income equality, government infrastructure spending  —  In this June 13, 2015, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during an open house at his Iowa campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bill Scher / Politico:
‘Liberal’ Isn't a Bad Word Anymore
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David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Blair met Khaled Meshaal to negotiate end of Gaza siege
Oliver Lane / BREITBART.COM:
Over 300,000 Rally in Rome Against Gay Marriage
Bloomberg Business:
Cook Says Chinese Tastes Considered in Apple Product Designs
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Business Insider
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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Fiorina promises to ‘throw punches’ if she gets on debate stage
Barbara Ross / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Presidential candidate Donald Trump has ignored five jury summonses in past nine years
Discussion: Liberaland, Hot Air and Daily Mail