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9:00 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Politico:
Inside the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag
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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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
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 …
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   Fast-Track Trade Bill Clears Key Hurdle in Senate
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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.”
Washington Post:
From Piyush to Bobby: How does Jindal feel about his family's past?  —  KHANPUR, India — When Bobby Jindal was elected the first Indian American governor in U.S. history, residents of his father's village here set off firecrackers, passed out sweets and danced in the streets.
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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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Pledges To Block Gay Marriage If Elected President
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Why the GOP Can't Win on Health Care
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New York Times:
The Roberts Court's Surprising Move Leftward
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