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8:00 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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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.
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 …
Grace Beahm / Post and Courier:
Haley will call for the Confederate flag's removal today  —  Staff reports  —  Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a news conference in Columbia at 4 p.m. today at which, sources said, she will call for the Confederate flag to come down from the Statehouse grounds.
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host: Why Are GOPers Being Asked About Democrats' Confederate Flag? (VIDEO)
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
‘White racism,’ NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Wall Street Journal:
After Charleston, Republicans Wade Into Confederate Flag Debate
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Curry / Salon:
Hillary Clinton is going to lose: She doesn't even see the frustrated progressive wave that will nominate Bernie Sanders  —  Clinton's positioning on TPP is way too cute.  When it passes with Dems' implicit support, grass roots will explode  —  Hillary Clinton went to New York's Roosevelt Island earlier …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton Dominates 2016 Democratic Field, Leads GOP Rivals
David Sirota / International Business Times:
Trade Pact: How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Gives Corporations Special Legal Rights
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
TMZ.com:
Diddy Arrested — FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT with UCLA Football Coach  —  6:50 PM PT — Diddy was cuffed in the back of a campus patrol car as officers transferred him to L.A. County jail.  —  4:35 PM PT — Sources connected with Diddy tells us the rap mogul is adamant he acted in SELF DEFENSE and was not the aggressor.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Co-Host Pete Hegseth Hits Man with Axe  —  No idea how we missed this, but here it goes: During last Sunday's broadcast of Fox & Friends, co-host Pete Hegseth tossed an axe to tease an upcoming segment on timbersports, missed the target, and hit a marching band percussionist standing in the distance.
Andy Puzder / The Hill:
More work, less welfare  —  After six years of a recovery that has failed to meaningfully help working-class Americans, our nation is facing a crisis of entrenched poverty and declining opportunity.  —  Despite claims that the economy has come roaring back, gross domestic product growth remains anemic …
Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces that he has ‘advanced’ cancer  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with “a very advanced and very aggressive” form of cancer.  —  His wife Yumi, his daughters and sons-in-law and his young granddaughter were in the room …
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Is Barack Obama correct that mass killings don't happen in other countries?  —  Stewart Watson, right, comforts Maranda Mincey at the sidewalk memorial at the “Mother” Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 19, 2015.  A gunman killed nine worshippers there the previous day.
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Property owners prevail in raisin takings case  —  The Supreme Court has just issued its decision in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, the raisin takings case.  As most observers predicted after the oral argument, the ruling is a victory for the property owners - a very important one.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Sides With Raisin Farmers in Property Rights Case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Outside the Beltway
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) …
Discussion: Washington Post and Guardian
The Huffington Post:
Terms and Conditions  —  Welcome to The Huffington Post.  Please read these Terms and Conditions before using, or submitting content in any form or medium for publication on, The Huffington Post.  By continuing to use us, or by submitting content for publication on The Huffington Post …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama scrambles for votes on fast-track authority  —  President Obama scrambled for votes Monday as Democratic support trickled in for his trade agenda, despite strong pressure from unions.  —  Labor groups led by the AFL-CIO are furiously lobbying Democrats to oppose fast-track authority …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Iran's Forces and U.S. Share a Base in Iraq  —  The U.S. military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are getting closer and closer in Iraq, even sharing a base, while Iran uses those militias to expand its influence in Iraq and fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime in neighboring Syria.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's GoPro antics rile Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court of the United States briefly removed media interns from its press room on Monday after a CNN intern was caught recording video footage with a GoPro camera that he had strapped to his chest, the On Media blog has learned.
Discussion: Poynter., The Daily Caller and TVNewser
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
How Megyn Kelly Became the New Star of Fox News  —  Megyn Kelly is bucking the conventional wisdom of what it means to be a Fox News anchor.  The take-no-prisoners newswoman isn't afraid to throw hardballs at Republicans.  She recently lectured Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over his penchant for arguing with female reporters.
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and TVNewser
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
F.B.I. Struggles to Pinpoint the Fingers Behind a Hacking  —  WASHINGTON — As F.B.I. agents try to build a case against personnel in the St. Louis Cardinals' front office who are accused of breaking into the network that housed the Houston Astros' closely guarded baseball intelligence …
Discussion: FOX2now.com
 
 
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The Surprising Reason So Many People Still Don't Like Obamacare
Discussion: Slantpoint
Andrew Fishman / The Intercept:
Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks
Discussion: Gizmodo and Infowars
National Journal:
Starting in the 1970s, according to the progressive narrative, a sort of political dark age set in.
Diego Maradona / Reuters:
Diego Maradona to stand as candidate for Fifa presidency, say reports
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Just Hired Julian Castro's Senior Advisor
Discussion: San Antonio Current
Financial Times:
Greek public stops paying off personal debts as uncertainty grows
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Yahoo Politics:
Obama to give eulogy for slain Charleston pastor
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz's Dad: Northeastern Catholics, Jews Put Being Dems Above Religion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Americans are drinking less coffee, one K-Cup at a time
Jim Michaels / USA Today:
Marines looking at deploying aboard foreign ships
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller