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11:20 PM ET, June 23, 2015

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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Congratulations!  You Oppose The Confederate Flag.  Now What?  —  The U.S. Civil War was a war that never should have been fought.  Some 620,000 men died because slavery, an inhumane and evil practice, was permitted in many portions of this country.  The South gets most of the blame for that …
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NBC News:
First Read: The Most Important Number in NBC/WSJ Poll  —  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.  —  The most important number in the new NBC/WSJ poll
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul: Confederate Flag “Inescapably A Symbol Of Human Bondage And Slavery”  —  “... I think to every African-American in the country it's a symbolism of slavery to them and now it's a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think it's times to put it in a museum.”  —  Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Gov. Nathan Deal backtracks on Georgia's Confederate license plates, now wants a redesign  —  Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he wants a redesign of a state-sponsored license plate featuring the Confederate flag emblem, as a growing list of other Southern governors call for similar changes.
Fred Lucas / TheBlaze.com:
Hillary Clinton Not Talking About '92 Clinton-Gore Confederate Campaign Button
Dave Boucher / Tennessean.com:
TN leaders: Remove Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from Capitol
Politico:
Inside the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Ky. gov candidate Bevin wants state to remove Jefferson Davis statue
Discussion: Slantpoint and Hot Air
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows ‘high-energy’ impact  —  Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” — like those seen in shallow-water diving incidents — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
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.
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David McCabe / The Hill:
Navy pays millions to keep using Windows XP  —  The Navy will pay more than $9 million to keep using Windows XP under a contract signed this month, Computerworld reported Tuesday.  —  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will pay Microsoft $9,149,000 through the contract, which was approved earlier this month.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
US Navy paid millions to stay on Windows XP
Discussion: Business Insider
ABC News:
Dash Cams Show Cops Celebrating After Dylann Roof's Arrest … Newly released dash cam footage shows the moment that officers arrested accused Charleston mass murderer Dylann Roof — high-fiving and fist-bumping each other after placing the suspect in a police car.
Discussion: Daily Mail and fox8.com
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid seeks expanded gun background checks  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Tuesday for Congress to expand background checks for gun purchases in the wake of a shooting in Charleston, S.C., last week that left nine dead.  —  “The United States is the only advanced country …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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Politico:
Harry Reid calls for expanded background checks
Suffolk University:
NH GOP Poll Shows Bush the Early Leader, While Trump Advances  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (14 percent) leads businessman Donald Trump (11 percent) in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary contest, according to a poll from the Suffolk University Political Research Center.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Scott Walker, Promising ‘Bold Leadership,’ Faces G.O.P. Discord in Wisconsin  —  MADISON, Wis. — As Gov. Scott Walker prepares to announce for president next month, promising to bring what he calls “big bold leadership” to Washington, as he did in Wisconsin, he faces a cloud over that narrative: Republicans back home are in revolt.
Discussion: JSOnline and Political Wire
Daily Mail:
ISIS video shows caged prisoners drowned, shot with an RPG and blown up  —  Filmed in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, the sickening seven minute video uses expensive underwater cameras to film the terrified men as they sink below the surface with no hope of escape.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Chris Christie to announce 2016 bid as early as next week  —  Chris Christie is in the final stages of preparing his 2016 presidential bid, with a formal announcement possible as soon as next week, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.  —  The governor's planning has intensified in recent days.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Pledges To Block Gay Marriage If Elected President  —  Yesterday, Mike Huckabee chatted with Iowa radio host Steve Deace and Religious Right organizer Bob Vander Plaats, who led Huckabee's 2008 campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, about the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on gay marriage.
Discussion: Steve Deace Show and Joe. My. God.
Aviva Rutkin / New Scientist:
Facebook can recognise you in photos even if you're not looking  —  Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up.  But what if your face is hidden from view?  —  An experimental algorithm out of Facebook's artificial intelligence lab …
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.
Bloomberg Business:
Google Reveals Health-Tracking Wristband  —  Should Fitbit Worry?  Google Reveals Health-Tracking Band  —  Google Inc.'s life sciences group has created a health-tracking wristband that could be used in clinical trials and drug tests, giving researchers or physicians minute-by-minute data on how patients are faring.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Mass Shootings Are Preventable  —  A firearm is surrendered during a gun buyback event after the 2014 mass shooting at UC-Santa Barbara (Kevork Djansezian / Reuters )  —  Mass shooters, although almost always male, in many other ways grimly echo the diversity of American life.  Dylann Roof in Charleston is white.
Patrick Kulp / Mashable:
Pampers shows how smiling babies bring out the best in people  —  Pampers wants to highlight the way babies can brighten the days of everyone around them.  —  The diaper company's new ad, entitled “Better for Baby” is a two-and-a-half-minute montage of warm smiles, thoughtful gestures …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and WTVR-TV
Jeb Bush / New York Post:
School choice is the best hope for New York's kids — and America's  —  Charter-school students at an October march with parents and teachers across the Brooklyn Bridge.  —  Last year, I met a 14-year-old student who is thriving through his attendance at a Success Academy school …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
 
 
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SSRN:
Casey and the Clinic Closings: When “Protecting Health” is an Undue Burden
Discussion: Balkinization
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Mitch McConnell Wants to Remove Jefferson Davis Statue from Kentucky Capitol
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 Earlier Items: 
Charles Fleming / Los Angeles Times:
California's black license plates are back in production
Peter Suderman / Politico:
Why the GOP Can't Win on Health Care
Public Religion Research Institute:
Survey |  Most Americans Believe Protests Make the Country Better; Support Decreases Dramatically …
Alastair Jamieson / NBC News:
Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell to Husband: ‘I Was Over My Head’
New York Times:
The Roberts Court's Surprising Move Leftward
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