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10:30 AM ET, June 23, 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 …
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.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Confederate Flag Decision Shines a Spotlight on Nikki Haley … By MICHAEL FALCONE  —  NOTABLES  —NIKKI HALEY LEADS ‘MOMENT OF UNITY’: Yesterday GOP South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol in the wake …
New York Times:
Take Down the Confederate Flag, Symbol of Hatred  —  Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina acted in the interest of her state and the nation on Monday when she called on the Legislature to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State Capitol grounds, after a white man charged …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
What This Cruel War Was Over  —  The Confederate Monument at Arlington National Cemetery (Wikimedia)  —  This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had a …
Washington Post:
The Confederate battle flag is not worthy of respect
Wal-Mart, Sears to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise
Discussion: Quartz and Talking Points Memo
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host: Why Are GOPers Being Asked About Democrats' Confederate Flag? (VIDEO)
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Wall Street Journal:
After Charleston, Republicans Wade Into Confederate Flag Debate
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor, Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
‘White racism,’ NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Hillary Clinton in a Strong Position  —  She has firm grip on Democratic nomination and leads three GOP rivals, new survey shows  —  Hillary Clinton has emerged from the rocky launch of her second presidential bid with a firm grip on Democratic voters and leads …
Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
‘Clinton Cash’ author demolishes Hillary's self-defense  —  Grave incompetence or brazen dishonesty?  —  Those are the only two conclusions one can reasonably come to after reviewing Hillary Clinton's stunning Sunday interview on local New Hampshire TV.  —  When WMUR local TV host Josh …
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.
New York Times:
The Roberts Court's Surprising Move Leftward  —  This term so far shows potential for a greater percentage of liberal decisions than any since 1969.  —  Decisions … The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has been a conservative court.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's GoPro antics rile Supreme Court
Sylvia Patrycja / Hollywood Reporter:
Composer James Horner Dies in Plane Crash: Hollywood Reacts  —  For his work on the 1997 best picture winner Titanic, directed by James Cameron, Horner captured the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he nabbed another Academy Award for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings) …
Alastair Jamieson / NBC News:
Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell to Husband: ‘I Was Over My Head’  —  New York prison worker Joyce Mitchell told her husband she was in over her head as part of a plot to free two killers who remain on the run, he told NBC News in an exclusive interview.  —  Speaking to TODAY's Matt Lauer …
Diddy Arrested — FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT with UCLA Football Coach  —  10:02 PM PT — Diddy was released after posting $50,000 bail.  According to the university, Diddy was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.
Orange County Register:
Ten years later, still learning the lessons of Kelo  —  “Now what liberty can there be where property is taken away without consent?”  - Samuel Adams (1772)  —  It has been 10 years to the day since the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous 5-4 Kelo v. City of New London decision …
Pop Culture : NPR:
Obama Visits Marc Maron's Garage; Cats Annoyed They Were Shut In Bedroom  —  Listen to the Story  —  Comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast might not seem like the place for a typical presidential interview, but several months ago the White House reached out to Maron to see if he'd be interested in having Barack Obama as his guest.
Andy Puzder / The Hill:
More work, less welfare  —  After six years of a recovery that has failed to meaningfully help working-class Americans, our nation is facing a crisis of entrenched poverty and declining opportunity.  —  Despite claims that the economy has come roaring back, gross domestic product growth remains anemic …
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The Surprising Reason So Many People Still Don't Like Obamacare  —  The Supreme Court could issue a ruling in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit threatening to undermine a key part of the Affordable Care Act, as early as Monday.  But the debate over President Barack Obama's controversial health care law …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slantpoint
Casey Michel / Politico:
Putin's plot to get Texas to secede  —  For Moscow's right-wingers, payback means teaming up with a band of Texas secessionists.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Nathan Smith, who styles himself the “foreign minister” for the Texas Nationalist Movement, appeared last Spring at a far-right confab in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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.
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Andrew Fishman / The Intercept:
Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
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The Huffington Post:
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National Journal:
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David Sirota / International Business Times:
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Financial Times:
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Discussion: Business Insider
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Discussion: Washington Monthly