The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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June 22, 2015 7:52 AM EDT

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]


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