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11:30 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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
The Confederate battle flag is not worthy of respect
Reuters:
Wal-Mart, Sears to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise
Discussion: Quartz and Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag from capitol grounds
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 …
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Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
‘Clinton Cash’ author demolishes Hillary's self-defense
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's GoPro antics rile Supreme Court
Caroline Bologna / The Huffington Post:
Charleston Dad's Viral Photo Captures Love In The Aftermath Of Tragedy  —  On Sunday June 21, local parishioners from churches across the Charleston area took part in “Charleston United,” an emotional prayer and worship gathering to honor the victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting.
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John Nettles Jr / Facebook:   #charlestonstrong #prayforcharleston  —  This picture was hard …
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.
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 …
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Damon Root / Hit & Run:
The Kelo Debacle Turns 10
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Washington Post
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's Legacy Is at Stake in Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — The night his administration's Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, President Obama described the victory the way he hopes historians will: as a “stone firmly laid in the foundation of the American dream.”
Discussion: Business Insider
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The Surprising Reason So Many People Still Don't Like Obamacare
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slantpoint
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, Daily Mail and TPNN
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
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.
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 …
Weasel Zippers:
HuffPo Writer Refusing To Have Children So She Doesn't Spread Her White Privilege “Biologically”...  This woman makes a good case for classifying white guilt as a mental disease.  —  Via HuffPo:
 
 
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Julie Hayden / FOX31 Denver:
Brighton police officer's song calms little girl at crash scene that killed her dad
Discussion: Fox News Insider and KTLA
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
A Motel-Sized Victory for Privacy at the U.S. Supreme Court
Stephanie Smith / Page Six:
MSNBC staff chanted ‘F- -k Brian Williams’ at party
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
These hackers warned the Internet would become a security disaster. Nobody listened.
Andy Puzder / The Hill:
More work, less welfare
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama scrambles for votes on fast-track authority
 Earlier Items: 
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
F.B.I. Struggles to Pinpoint the Fingers Behind a Hacking
Discussion: FOX2now.com
National Journal:
Starting in the 1970s, according to the progressive narrative, a sort of political dark age set in.