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7:20 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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Fred Lucas / TheBlaze.com:
Hillary Clinton Not Talking About '92 Clinton-Gore Confederate Campaign Button  —  It's unclear if the Clinton-Gore Confederate flag campaign button that has been prominent on social media was an official part of their 1992 presidential campaign.  —  And Hillary Clinton isn't clarifying …
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 …
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.
Business Insider:
Confederate flag sales are skyrocketing  —  UPDATE 2:38 ET: Amazon has taken down Confederate merchandise from its site.  —  Amazon's sales of Confederate flags have skyrocketed by more than 3,000% in the past 24 hours.  —  People are snatching up the flags online after several major retailers …
Politico:
Inside the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag  —  South Carolina Gov. Haley began informing people Friday of her decision, while Sen. Graham worked the phones with business leaders.  —  John McCain has expressed regret in hindsight over his own statements during his 2000 campaign that the Confederate flag was a state issue.
Dave Boucher / Tennessean.com:
TN leaders: Remove Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from Capitol
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Ky. gov candidate Bevin wants state to remove Jefferson Davis statue
Discussion: Slantpoint and Hot Air
Glenn Smith / Post and Courier:
Survey finds divide, silence on Confederate flag issue in Legislature
Washington Post:
Virginia's McAuliffe plans to phase out Confederate flag license plate
Mike Pare / timesfreepress.com:
Haslam favors removal of Confederate flag from Tennessee license plates
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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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 …
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
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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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
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
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
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.
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.
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: Balkinization and Liberaland
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Casey and the Clinic Closings: When “Protecting Health” is an Undue Burden
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Daily Mail:
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Mitch McConnell Wants to Remove Jefferson Davis Statue from Kentucky Capitol
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
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Donora groom charged with assaulting his new bride
Discussion: Daily Mail and ABC News
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 …