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2:15 PM ET, June 23, 2015

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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
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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 …
Dave Boucher / Tennessean.com:
TN leaders: Remove Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from Capitol  —  The bust of a Confederate general and leading figure in the early days of the Ku Klux Klan should be removed from the Tennessee statehouse, top Tennessee Democrats and the state Republican Party chairman said Monday.
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’
Washington Post:
While GOP candidates stammer, Clinton directly confronts race
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama  —  The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama's trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.  —  The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday.  If the Senate approves fast-track …
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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.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Cruz reverses support for TPA trade bill, blasts GOP leaders
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.
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Hillary Clinton in a Strong Position
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Surges in Popularity in N.H., Taking Second Place in Suffolk Poll
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
‘Clinton Cash’ author demolishes Hillary's self-defense
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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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Damon Root / Hit & Run:
The Kelo Debacle Turns 10
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Washington Post
Orange County Register:   Ten years later, still learning the lessons of Kelo
Charles Fleming / Los Angeles Times:
California's black license plates are back in production  —  The black license plates used on California cars from 1963 to 1969 are back, thanks to a piece of legislation sponsored by Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto and 7,500 paying customers.  —  The California Department …
Gillian Telling / EW.com:
EIGHT IS ENOUGH ACTOR DICK VAN PATTEN HAS DIED  —  Dick Van Patten, the star of TV's Eight is Enough, has died.  He was 86.  —  “I am sorry to report this sad news,” his rep said in a statement released to media Tuesday.  “His family will not be doing any press at this time.”
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 …
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.
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) …
Public Religion Research Institute:
Survey |  Most Americans Believe Protests Make the Country Better; Support Decreases Dramatically if Protesters are Identified as Black  —  June 2015 PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey  —  ▶ Read the topline questionnaire, including the survey methodology, here.  ▶ Read the news release here.
 
 
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Peter Suderman / Politico:
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Foreign Policy:
Hostage Review Will Make It Easier for Families to Pay Ransoms
Danielle Burger / Bloomberg Business:
Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Since Obamacare Implementation
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
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Julie Hayden / FOX31 Denver:
Brighton police officer's song calms little girl at crash scene that killed her dad
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MSNBC staff chanted ‘F- -k Brian Williams’ at party
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Punished GOP lawmaker stirs new talk of Boehner rebellion
Discussion: Political Wire
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