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8:55 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.
New York Times:
Take Down the Confederate Flag, Symbol of Hatred  —  Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina acted in the interest of her state and the nation on Monday when she called on the Legislature to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State Capitol grounds, after a white man charged …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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
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
Reuters:
South Carolina governor calls for Confederate flag's removal
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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David Sirota / International Business Times:
Trade Pact: How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Gives Corporations Special Legal Rights
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Sides With Raisin Farmers in Property Rights Case
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  —  10:02 PM PT — Diddy was released after posting $50,000 bail.  According to the university, Diddy was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.
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.
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) …
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.
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 …
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 …
Peter Schweizer / New York Post:
‘Clinton Cash’ author demolishes Hillary's self-defense  —  Grave incompetence or brazen dishonesty?  —  Those are the only two conclusions one can reasonably come to after reviewing Hillary Clinton's stunning Sunday interview on local New Hampshire TV.  —  When WMUR local TV host Josh …
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
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.
 
 
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
These hackers warned the Internet would become a security disaster. Nobody listened.
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
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
F.B.I. Struggles to Pinpoint the Fingers Behind a Hacking
Discussion: FOX2now.com
National Journal:
Starting in the 1970s, according to the progressive narrative, a sort of political dark age set in.
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Just Hired Julian Castro's Senior Advisor
Discussion: San Antonio Current
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Greek public stops paying off personal debts as uncertainty grows
Discussion: Business Insider
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's GoPro antics rile Supreme Court
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