TIME

Morning Must Reads: July 2

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By Zeke Miller

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails offer an intimate portrait of her interactions with her inner circle of friends and advisors. The roughly 3,000 messages released late Tuesday show the ordinary and unusual ways in which a high-profile figure cultivates relationships in government. Clinton’s campaign announced a roughly $45 million haul since launching in April, a record sum for a presidential campaign at this stage, surpassing even President Obama’s re-election haul. But with super PAC fundraising factored in, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to emerge atop the money pile when his groups announce their finances. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is in the midst of a five-day New Hampshire swing after his announcement, told reporters Wednesday he does not believe government officials should receive exemptions from issuing same-sex marriage licenses if they have objections. Sen. Lindsey Graham has a enlightens us about what he’ll do with his friend Sen. John McCain if he wins the White House. And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is drawing ever larger crowds on the stump and has risen in the polls in Iowa, but he’s still not a threat to Clinton’s dominance.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Emails Offer Glimpse Into Hillary Clinton’s Private Side
Buried in more than 3,000 messages are hints at what Clinton is like with closest friends, TIME’s Philip Elliott and Sam Frizell report

As Donald Trump Surges in Polls, Democrats Cheer
The reality television host’s presidential bid is making Democrats giddy [Washington Post]

Scott Walker’s Hard Right Turn in Iowa May Hurt Him Elsewhere
He needs to win Iowa, but at what cost? [New York Times]

Hillary Clinton’s Missing $200 Million Man
No sign of the former president on the fundraising circuit [Politico]

Obama Announces Renewed Diplomatic Ties With Cuba
Calls on Congress to lift embargo [Wall Street Journal]

Christie Opposes Exemptions for Clerks Who Object to Same-Sex Marriage
Breaking with many of his party’s social conservatives on response to Supreme Court ruling [TIME]

Sound Off

“I just admire John. He’d be like the uncle you put in the basement. I’d put him in the basement of the White House — call him when I needed him.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham to MSNBC on what he’d do with his friend Sen. John McCain if he won the White House

“I think there is a great deal of hypocrisy, particularly among other candidates who say, oh well, they smoked pot in high school. They didn’t get punished, but they still want to punish people, even for medical marijuana. I think the media needs to ask some of these people, ‘Are you really going to put grandma in jail for taking medical marijuana for her multiple sclerosis?'” — Sen. Rand Paul in Iowa on Thursday. Meantime, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told reporters he’s never used marijuana. “Never have, was not my thing.”

Bits and Bites

Bernie Sanders catching steam in Iowa [TIME]

President Obama sang the Davy Crockett theme song at an event [TIME]

Hillary Clinton, loudly and proudly, taps into a vein of support among gay voters [New York Times]

Hillary Clinton on track to raise record $45 million in first quarter [TIME]

Marco Rubio increases ad buys to $7 million in early voting states [New York Times]

Obama will badger Scott Walker in Wisconsin [Politico]

Bernie Sanders draws big crowd to Wisconsin rally [Wall Street Journal]

Maine’s Tea Party governor endorses Chris Christie [TIME]

 

 

TIME

Morning Must Reads: July 1

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The State Department released thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton emails late Tuesday, which provide a look at her inner circle, including their fears about her stature within the Obama Administration and her correspondence with outside advisors on her private email account. The documents also lengthen the list of who knew about the emails she kept on a private server, including then-top White House officials David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel. They also show the mundane side of the job, including scheduling frequent snafus and a troublesome fax machine. A pair of new surveys show Donald Trump rising to second place in the polls among Iowa and national Republicans, with Scott Walker leading the field in the Hawkeye State and Jeb Bush holding the lead across the nation. More than Trump’s strength, the polling reflects his universal name identification, but should be giving the mass of more credible Republican candidates polling below him some pause. President Obama reflected on his positive week last week, but brushed aside notions that it was his “best ever.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has strong words for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts after last week’s rulings, and pledges to nominate more justices like Samuel Alito. The U.S. Export-Import Bank‘s federal charter expired overnight, as conservative Republicans made gains in a years-long effort to shutter the bank they deem a bailout to business. But the lights are still on at the bank, which has cash reserves for more than a year, and will be the subject of a salvage effort by Democrats and moderate Republicans after the congressional recess.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Tax Returns Show Jeb Bush Did Well After Being Governor
His net worth now ranges between $19 million and $22 million [TIME]

U.S., Cuba to Announce Plan to Open Embassies
Another milestone in the rapprochement [Associated Press]

Why 2016 Campaign Spending Is Heating Up Now
TIME’s Phil Elliott reports on the early start to the air war

Export-Import Bank Goes On Hiatus
For now…[CNN]

New Hillary Clinton Emails Show Expansive Role of Sidney Blumenthal
Clinton insiders expressed concern over her place in Obama orbit [Politico]

Sound Off

“Every opinion that I’ve seen Justice Alito put out has been consistent and reasoned, and if I became President of the United States, I’d be out there looking for Sam Alitos to put on the Court.” — New Jersey Gov Chris Christie on Tuesday in New Hampshire

“The only bad part about it was I couldn’t go out and peek at it myself, because then I would have had to clear out all the people, or the Secret Service would have. So I — I could only reflect on it from a television screen. That’s a moment worth savoring.” — President Obama on the crowds celebrating last week’s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage outside his White House window

Bits and Bites

Chris Christie criticizes Supreme Court’s chief justice [TIME]

De Blasio accuses Cuomo of hurting New York City out of ‘revenge’ [New York Times]

Mexicans bash Trump piñata, call him imbecile [Reuters]

Bush PAC said to use women’s opinions of Clinton for potential lines of attack [New York Times]

Obama to Girl Scouts: ‘What are you guys doing in my yard?’ [Washington Post]

Supreme Court to hear challenge to union fees [New York Times]

Leaked: What’s in Obama’s trade deal [Politico]

President Obama reflects on his ‘best week’ [National Journal]

Donald Trump sues Univision for $500 million [Politico]

 

TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 30

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Today marks the official deadline for the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, but the U.S. government is operating with July 9 as it’s de facto deadline. That’s the date by which American officials must submit the legislation to Congress to allow lawmakers 30 days to consider the deal, should there be one, before their August recess. If they fail to meet that deadline, Congress would have more time to consider the deal, and critics would have more time to drum up opposition to an agreement. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is announcing for president Tuesday by reaching back to his “Glory Days” as a high school student, and to his pre-Bridgegate swagger. Christie will need both in order to mount an unlikely comeback bid for the GOP nomination. The 2013 race to elect Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was more than just the previous employer of Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook—it served as a key test-bed for the strategies he’s employing to try to elect the former Secretary of State next year. President Obama announced in an op-ed that he will take action this week to increase overtime pay for many hourly workers. Reality television star and president candidate Donald Trump‘s war of words with Univision and NBC help all parties in the high-profile spat. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will release 33 years of tax returns this afternoon. And today is a crucial fundraising deadline for presidential contenders, marking the last day for donations in the second quarter. The first results, serving as an important barometer for candidate viability will start to trickle in as soon as this week, and all must be filed by July 15.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Chris Christie Highlights Glory Days at Campaign Launch
The outspoken New Jersey governor’s path forward requires reclaiming his past [TIME]

What Hillary Clinton Learned From This 2013 Campaign
The 2013 election of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe laid the groundwork for the 2016 presidential campaign [TIME]

Both Sides Won When Donald Trump Was Fired
TIME’s Philip Elliott reports on the mutually-beneficial spat between the reality television star-turned-candidate and the networks that cut ties with him

U.S. Tells Iran That Preliminary Nuclear Deal Must Stand
Talks continue as deadline nears [New York Times]

Lack of Clear Front-Runner in Huge 2016 Field Highlights Fractures Within GOP
Why not run for president? [Los Angeles Times]

Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Limits on Power Plants
A setback for the White House at the high court [New York Times]

Sound Off

“I’ve gotten good at this…This is so much fun, we should do it again.” — President Obama Monday when signing a pair of bills, including the controversial Trade Promotion Authority legislation

“The symbols that have divided the South in many ways, the symbols that were used in most recent modern history, perhaps not at the beginning of the time, but the symbols were racist.” — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the Confederate flag, reflecting the altered political landscape surrounding its flying

Bits and Bites

Obama announces overtime pay hike in op-ed [Huffington Post]

Jeb Bush to release 33 years of tax returns [Fox News]

Joe Klein: Barack Obama’s defining moment [TIME]

Hillary Clinton faces a more liberal Democratic fund-raising landscape [New York Times]

Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion restrictions [Wall Street Journal]

White House on Greece: Not our problem [Politico]

U.S. government web portal shut down over security concerns [Wall Street Journal]

Union sues personnel office over hack of employees’ information [Washington Post]

Heavy hitters raising cash for Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley [Boston Globe]

Does Kerry want an Iran deal too much? [Politico]

Benghazi emails put focus on Hillary Clinton’s encouragement of adviser [New York Times]

 

TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 29

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After a momentous week of American politics, Republicans are struggling to adapt to a changing America, but the Supreme Court rulings offer the party an opportunity to leave some baggage behind before next year’s election. Already a fault-line is emerging within the party on whether to fight for or drop a federal Constitutional amendment to roll back the high court’s decision and allow states to define marriage. Republicans like Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush bucking their base on the issue are part of an emerging trend this cycle of GOP candidates attempting to cast themselves as the inheritors of John McCain’s “Straight Talk.” Chris Christie, one of the leading practitioners of that style of politics, is set to announce he is running for president on Tuesday. He released a biographical preview video Sunday night spotlighting his mantra of “telling it like it is.”

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

The Straight Talk Express Gets a Few More Passengers
Republican candidates see an opportunity in bucking their base [TIME]

As Left Wins Culture Battles, G.O.P. Gains Opportunity to Pivot for 2016
A possible inflection point for the party [New York Times]

Why the Next Gay Rights Push Will Be Different
TIME’s Philip Elliott on what’s next for the movement after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling

Cruz Tries to Prove a Conservative Can Win
The Texan pitches himself as a true believer—with the money—TIME’s Alex Altman reports

Chris Christie’s Nothing-Left-to-Lose Campaign
The New Jersey governor is weakened, but not down for the count [Politico]

5 Days That Left a Confederate Flag Wavering, and Likely to Fall
Behind the scenes in South Carolina [New York Times]

Sound Off

“The debt is not payable…There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math.” — Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla to the New York Times on his commonwealth’s dire financial position

“I would probably comb my hair back. Why? Because this thing is too hard to comb … I wouldn’t have time, because if I were in the White House, I’d be working my ass off.” — Reality television star and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Iowa over the weekend

Bits and Bites

Chris Christie teases campaign launch [TIME]

Martin O’Malley taps Dave Hamrick, Obama veteran, as campaign manager [New York Times]

Jeb Bush dogged by decades of questions about business deals [Washington Post]

Education Department dials back plan to rate colleges [TIME]

Will he run? Biden speculation mounts [Wall Street Journal]

This map shows how gay marriage spread across the United States [TIME]

Supreme Court term to end with 3 rulings [Wall Street Journal]

Biden worships, speaks at S.C. church [Associated Press]

TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 26

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The Supreme Court saves Obamacare—again. The case boiled down to whether the Supreme Court should consider lawmaker’s intent in the face of what Chief Justice John Roberts called “inartful drafting.” Associate Justice Antonin Scalia colorfully argued against that perspective, but six of his eight colleagues disagreed with him. President Obama took a victory lap, proclaiming the law “settled.” But someone forgot to tell Republicans, who put out a series of biting statements pledging to continue to fight for repeal. The high court will tackle same-sex marriage next, ruling today or Monday on the landmark case.

Meanwhile, Martin O’Malley is worried about Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump is suing Univision after the network pulled out of broadcasting the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant following the reality-television-star-turned-presidential-candidate’s rhetoric on illegal immigration.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Supreme Court Rules That a Typo Should Not Undo Obamacare
TIME’s Michael Scherer analyzes the ruling

Legacies of Obama Presidency and Roberts Court Are Forever Intertwined
Obama has reason to regret opposing the Chief Justice’s confirmation [Washington Post]

Terry McAuliffe’s Other Job
The Virginia governor remains an influential voice in Clinton’s circle [Politico]

State Department Can’t Find 15 Clinton Emails Released by Benghazi Panel
More email troubles for the Democratic front-runner [Associated Press]

To Many Iraqis, U.S. Isn’t Really Seeking to Defeat Islamic State
Many want a more robust American intervention [Wall Street Journal]

Sound Off

“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his blistering dissent in the Obamacare case.

“Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court — the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” — President Obama taking a Rose Garden victory lap Thursday.

Bits and Bites

Pro-Martin O’Malley super PAC targets Bernie Sanders [TIME]

Congress could strip Samuel Adams of its craft beer crown [Fortune]

Jindal Campaign says he missed cable appearances because of plane problems [Daily Caller]

Hillary Clinton gets a tribute song as “Chelsea’s Mom” [YouTube]

Donald Trump to sue Univision [Politico]

The Roberts court’s surprising move leftward [The Upshot]

Christie to enter presidential race on Tuesday [WNYC]

High court upholds tool for fighting housing bias [Wall Street Journal]

TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 25

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All eyes are on the Supreme Court, which has seven cases yet to decide this term, including a decision that could legalize gay marriage nationally and another that could undermine a central component of the Affordable Care Act. The high court is currently scheduled to announce decisions today, Friday, and Monday before breaking for the summer. With a week before the deadline for an agreement, U.S. and Iranian negotiators continue to meet in Vienna to hammer out a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will join the talks Friday, but the odds of reaching an agreement have fallen in recent weeks amid escalating rhetoric from Iran. But the U.S. has a Plan B—or H—ready, should military strikes be needed. President Obama had a testy exchange with a protestor in the White House East Room upset with the administration’s immigration policies. And there was a case of mistaken identity on Capitol Hill.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Latest Obamacare Case

TIME explains what is — and isn’t — at stake before the high court

Plan B For Iran

The U.S. preps a military option [Politico]

Obama scores a major trade win, burnishing his foreign policy legacy

A hard-fought victory pays off — now he just has to negotiate the trade deal [Washington Post]

Poll Finds Backing for Gay Marriage and a Split on Health Law

Public firmly behind expanding same-sex marriage, but Obamacare remains controversial [Wall Street Journal]

Behind John Boehner’s crackdown on conservatives

The Speaker enforces discipline in his conference for the first time [Politico]

Sound Off

“Listen, you’re in my house…it’s not respectful … Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this.” — President Obama during a three-minute exchange with an immigration protester in the East Room on Wednesday

“I don’t know how you can sit with somebody for an hour in a church and pray with them and get up and shoot them. That’s Mideast hate. That’s something I didn’t think we had here but apparently we do.” —South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof

Bits and Bites

Democratic Presidential Hopeful Jim Webb Defends Confederate Soldiers [TIME]

Chaffetz’s blunder: Right name, wrong man in OPM flap [Politico]

Rand Paul’s t shirts made in Guatemala [CBS News]

Alabama Governor Orders Removal of Confederate Flags From Capitol [AL.com]

Bobby Jindal announces candidacy, promises daughter a puppy [USA Today]

Hillary Clinton’s ‘All Lives Matter’ Remark Stirs Backlash [New York Times]

Obama Cites Progress at Gay-Pride Reception [TIME]

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TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 24

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President Obama is revising the U.S. policy toward family members whose loved ones are being held hostage by terrorist groups, dropping the long-standing threats of prosecution for those paying ransom. The change follows the beheadings and failed rescue attempts of a number of hostages held by ISIS and other extremist groups in recent years. A government auditor found massive security gaps at the Office of Personnel Management, the beleaguered agency at the center of a massive hack of government employee data, allegedly carried out by China. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will become the latest GOP contender to enter the president race, but he faces a steep climb to the nomination as one of the least-known candidates in an already packed field. After years of being a litmus test for candidates in the South, the politics around the Confederate flag have dramatically shifted since last week’s Charleston shooting, but a host of U.S. remembrances to those supporting the rebel cause remain.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Bobby Jindal’s Uphill Battle

The Louisiana governor is launching his presidential bid from the back of the pack [TIME]

Bipartisan Push for Criminal Justice Reform Sets Its Agenda

Momentum builds behind effort to reform sentencing laws, TIME’s Alex Altman reports

Democrats Borrow From the Republican Playbook

TIME’s Jay Newton-Small on the rise of Democratic hostage-taking in Congress
Obama Ordering Changes in U.S. Hostage Policies

Families of hostages won’t be threatened with criminal prosecution for paying ransoms under proposed change [New York Times]

New report blasts personnel office cyber security management

High risk failures at agency at center of massive hack [Washington Post]

Calls to Drop Confederate Emblems Spread Nationwide

A once-moribund effort to scale back the flag’s use picks up steam [New York Times]

Sound Off

“[Wisconsin Gov. Scott] Walker weighed in and said the 20-week abortion ban is something he would like to see hit his desk … It sent a message to us.” — Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to the New York Times. Walker had refused to take a position on the issue during his 2014 re-elect.

“One of my dorm mates in tenth grade is running for president also, Jeb Bush. We had some spirited games of ping-pong and our paths have not crossed much since high school but I think we still consider each other friends.” — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a longshot Democratic presidential candidate, on his high school classmate.

Bits and Bites

Senate Clears Trade Bill’s Way to Passage [Wall Street Journal]

U.S. Flag Waves Over 10 Army Bases Proudly Named for Confederate Officers [TIME]

A field guide to the racists commemorated inside the U.S. Capitol [Washington Post]

Six plans to fix Obamacare should the Supreme Court eliminate federal subsidies [Washington Post]

Kasich: ‘I’m coming to Iowa … to show respect’ [Des Moines Register]

Pawn Stars host cuts video for Rubio

Families whose children were held captive in Syria felt that U.S. officials had abandoned them. So they secretly joined forces. [New Yorker]

TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 23

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South Carolina’s top Republican leaders, along with nationwide GOP lawmakers, called on the state legislature to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol grounds Monday, after days of behind-the-scenes wrangling and public stumbles. According to people familiar with the decision, the discovery Saturday of a racist website kept by the Charleston shooter cemented Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to call for the Civil War symbol’s removal, and started the process which came to include the state’s two senators, the RNC chairman, and top state legislators joining together on Monday. The state legislature must still vote by a two-thirds margin to remove the flag, and while some opposition is likely, momentum is squarely on the side of removal.

Most Republican presidential candidates avoided specifically weighing in on the flag issue, deferring to Haley and South Carolinians, while gauging the political winds. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush offered equivocating statements suggesting the flag should be removed, while the rest of the field joined in support only once Haley came out for taking it down. While messy, the episode avoids what could have been a catastrophic messaging problem for the Republican Party, which is struggling to grow its support among minority voters.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Gov. Nikki Haley Joins Call to Remove Confederate Flag
A historic step in South Carolina [The Post and Courier]

While GOP Candidates Stammer, Clinton Directly Confronts Race
Clinton seizes opportunity [Washington Post]

Before Supreme Court Health Ruling, GOP Lawmaker Is in Tug-of-War
An unpopular law, but a subsidy that benefits millions [Wall Street Journal]

Inside Scott Walker’s $20 Million Push to Lay Groundwork for Presidential Run
He’s raised well less than Jeb Bush, but he plans to run a leaner operation [Washington Post]

Your Politics Determine Your Anxieties
Red and Blue America have different concerns about the country. No wonder consensus is so difficult [Wall Street Journal]

Sound Off

“My odds of beating this are much, much better than my odds were at beating [former Democratic Lt. Gov.] Anthony Brown.” — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Monday after announcing he has been diagnosed with a form of late stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that is deemed “very advanced and very aggressive.” He won election in November, defeating Brown in a surprise victory.

“This is a moment in which we can say that that flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state. The murderer now locked up in Charleston said he hoped his actions would start a race war. We have an opportunity to show that not only was he wrong, but that—that just the opposite is happening.” — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announcing she supports removing the Confederate Flag from the state capitol grounds.

Bits and Bites

CNN’s GoPro antics rile Supreme Court [Politico]

Obama to deliver eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney [TIME]

White House defends Obama’s use of the n-word in interview [TIME]

Mississippi House Speaker: Confederate part of state flag ‘needs to be removed’ [The Clarion-Ledger]

Council of Conservative Citizens promotes white primacy, and G.O.P. ties [New York Times]

From Piyush to Bobby: How does Jindal feel about his family’s past? [Washington Post]

Clinton to meet with church officials near Ferguson unrest [Associated Press]

TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 22

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Presidential candidates are struggling with how to deal with last week’s Charleston shooting, as well as how to approach a long-simmering—but now blazing—controversy over South Carolina’s flying the Confederate flag. In Nevada, Republicans are trying to make the case that they can best woo Latino voters, as Democrats work to maintain their advantage in the swing state. Third-party advocates are suing the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Federal Election Commission alleging both serve to protect the interests of Democrats and Republicans at the expense of would-be Ross Perot. The suit is part of a long-shot effort to undermine more than a century of two-party rule, as the public grows weary of D.C. dysfunction. Hillary Clinton has been scarce around her Brooklyn digs in favor of a swankier office in Manhattan. And conservatives wonder: is Donald Trump just a Democratic plant?

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Third-Party Advocates File Lawsuit Over Presidential Debates
An attempt to undo the two-party system [TIME]

Kennedy’s Roots Seen in Gay-Rights Rulings
Previewing the Supreme Court decision [New York Times]

The Race Is On for the Latino Vote
GOPers compete on ability to expand the electorate, as Democrats plot to maintain their advantage [Washington Post]

Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag
Issue flares again after South Carolina shooting [New York Times]

Senator Rubio Falls Silent on Immigration, His Signature Subject
An about-face in preparation for a White House bid [Boston Globe]

MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber Had Bigger Role in Health Law, Emails Show
More fuel for GOP critics of the law as the Supreme Court weighs a key provision [Wall Street Journal]

Sound Off

“Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims.” — 2012 GOP Presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “Good point, Mitt.” —President Obama

“The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on. We’re not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n—–’ in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.” — President Obama on the “WTF” podcast

Bits and Bites

Hillary Clinton: Too cool for Brooklyn? [Politico]

Father’s Day documentary looks at Obama volunteer program [TIME]

Campaign donations linked to white supremacist [New York Times]

Obama trade Kabuki takes dramatic new turns in Congress this week [Washington Post]

Candidates tout a job on the trail: dad of young children [Washington Post]

Bernie Sanders is still drawing massive crowds [KDVR]

Hillary Clinton’s Hamptons quandary [New York Times]

Is Trump a double agent for the left? [National Review]

 

TIME

Morning Must Reads: June 19

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Liberals are fuming after the House advanced President Obama’s trade bill Thursday, setting up another fight in the Senate. But the ordeal is the latest to demonstrate the limits of Obama’s powers on a range of priorities. At a fundraiser in California Thursday evening, Obama tried to pass the buck on failing to change Washington, telling donors he only promised that such change was possible, not that he was going to fix it. After a massacre in Charleston, 2016 presidential candidates have markedly different policy responses. Sen. Marco Rubio can’t draw a donor crowd in Sarasota. And the Federal Election Commission can’t agree on anything.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Liberals Vow to Punish Democrats for Trade Vote
TIME’s Haley Edwards on the backlash to Thursday’s vote

Kasich: The Republican Party Is My Vehicle, Not My Master
Gearing up for presidential run, the Ohio governor plots his own course [TIME]

Peril, Promise in Obama’s End Game on Trade, Health, More
Obama faces the limits on his power [Associated Press]

In L.A., Obama Addresses Washington’s Dysfunction
“When I ran in 2008, I in fact did not say I would fix it. I said we could fix it.” [Washington Post]

Hillary Clinton a ‘No’ on Trade Fast-Track, For Now
The Democrat looks to shore up her left flank with opposition to trade authority [CNN]

Sound Off

“At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries.” — President Obama in an emotional statement from the White House Briefing Room after the shooting in Charleston

“As Arnold Schwarzenegger told me one time, ‘Love the beatings.’ As Arnold told me one time, ‘Going down the slope, love the moguls.’ I think that’s right, that’s a good attitude about life, and it’s a good attitude about politics.” — Ohio Gov. John Kasich to TIME

Bits and Bites

Hillary Clinton calls for action on guns after Charleston shooting [TIME]

Corporations are people. But are FEC commissioners people too? [Washington Post]

U.S. not booking Chinese-owned Waldorf for U.N. meeting [Washington Post]

When Bush went to war [Boston Globe]

Rubio fundraiser canceled in Sarasota [Herald-Tribune]

25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer [Washington Post]

Much more than 2 cents about a woman on the $10 bill [New York Times]

Bernie Sanders and immigration? It’s complicated [Politico]

 

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