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10:55 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.
Washington Post:
While GOP candidates stammer, Clinton directly confronts race  —  The racially motivated massacre last week at a church in Charleston, S.C., opened a leadership opportunity for the nearly two dozen politicians running to be the next president.  —  But very few stepped forward to seize it.
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 …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Mike Huckabee calls for less dialog on race and more ‘conversions’ for Jesus: God already ‘solved’ racism  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declared on Tuesday that racism had been solved.  —  The day after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley …
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
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 …
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 …
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
New York Times:
Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor, Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag
Wall Street Journal:   After Charleston, Republicans Wade Into Confederate Flag Debate
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
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.
Discussion: Liberaland
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's GoPro antics rile Supreme Court
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 …
Damon Root / Hit & Run:
The Kelo Debacle Turns 10
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Washington Post
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.
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
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's Legacy Is at Stake in Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling
Discussion: Business Insider
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) …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Punished GOP lawmaker stirs new talk of Boehner rebellion  —  A band of House conservatives is discussing whether to retaliate against GOP leaders for punishing rank-and-file lawmakers who voted against a procedural vote on trade earlier this month.  —  Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Sen. Ted Cruz / BREITBART.COM:
Exclusive — Ted Cruz: Obamatrade Enmeshed in Corrupt, Backroom Dealings  —  The American people do not trust President Obama.  And they do not trust Republican leadership in Congress.  And the reason is simple: for far too long, politicians in Washington have not told the truth.
Discussion: Politico and TPNN
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.
Stephanie Smith / Page Six:
MSNBC staff chanted ‘F- -k Brian Williams’ at party  —  Brian Williams' welcome to MSNBC might be frigid because staffers there haven't forgotten a scathing report he arrogantly aired on his short-lived “Rock Center” about “corrosive” cable news blowhards at MSNBC, Fox News and CNN.
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.
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David Sirota / International Business Times:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Financial Times:
Greek public stops paying off personal debts as uncertainty grows
Discussion: Business Insider