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5:45 PM ET, July 10, 2015


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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI: Breakdown in background check system allowed Dylann Roof to buy gun  —  Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine people at a church in South Carolina, should not have been able to purchase the gun used in the attack and was allowed to buy the weapon only because of breakdowns …
New York Times:
Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, F.B.I. Says  —  WASHINGTON — The man accused of killing nine people in an historically black South Carolina church last month should not have been able to buy a gun, the F.B.I. said Friday in what was the latest acknowledgment of flaws in the national background check system.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Confederate flag comes down for good at S.C. Statehouse
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Admits Error in Charleston Suspect's Gun Background Check
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Katherine Archuleta, Director of Office of Personnel Management, Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, will resign effective Friday, according to a White House official, one day after it was revealed that sweeping cyberintrusions …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Promise and Peril of “Hidden Majority” Theories  —  If you are a political party or party faction, and you find yourself in what appears to be a durable minority position with the electorate as it currently exist, you have four basic options to boost your standing: (1) …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's push on gun control marks a shift in presidential politics  —  In her standard stump speech, Hillary Rodham Clinton talks about fighting income inequality, celebrating court rulings on gay marriage and health care and, since the Emanuel AME church massacre, toughening the nation's gun laws.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
HarperCollins Refutes New York Times Claim That Ted Cruz Tried To Game Bestseller List  —  “No evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization,” says the publisher, in a rare rebuttal to the all-powerful Times.  —  Richard Ellis / Getty Images
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Jan Brewer: Donald Trump ‘Telling It Like It Really, Truly Is’  —  ( - Although he's been villified by amnesty advocates, business tycoon Donald Trump is right about the problems, including crime, caused by people crossing into the United States illegally, says the former governor of Arizona.
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Want to Punish Sanctuary Cities
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Harper Lee's ‘Go Set a Watchman’: Read the First Chapter  —  Read the first chapter of Harper Lee's ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ which will be published July 14.  —  In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott.
Go Set A Watchman: read the first chapter - interactive  —  An exclusive extract from the new novel by Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, published on 14 July  —  Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical.
The Daily Cruz  —  How, partly funded by a top Ted Cruz donor, became the Texas senator's media lifeline.  —  Ted Cruz has a media strategy.  It's called  —  The Texas senator is firmly ensconced in the middle of the Republican presidential primary pack.
Stephanie Kafka / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate at 11.4% in Second Quarter  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate among U.S. adults aged 18 and older was 11.4% in the second quarter of 2015, down from 11.9% in the first quarter.  The uninsured rate has dropped nearly six percentage points since …
Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin's Friend at the IRS  —  Emails show a common cause in restricting political speech.  —  Wisconsin's campaign to investigate conservative tax-exempt groups has always seemed like an echo of the IRS's scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Discussion: JSOnline, RedState and National Review
Bill Cotterell / Reuters:
Florida Supreme Court orders redrawing of some U.S. congressional districts  —  The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the redrawing of some of the state's U.S. congressional districts before the 2016 elections.  —  In a 5-2 ruling, the state's high court found the legislature's redistricting plan …
Discussion: Orlando Weekly and MintPress News
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Court ruling opens door to Charlie Crist comeback
Discussion: Moe Lane
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Greece's Economy Is a Lesson for Republicans in the U.S.  —  Greece is a faraway country with an economy roughly the size of greater Miami, so America has very little direct stake in its ongoing disaster.  To the extent that Greece matters to us, it's mainly about geopolitics …
Film star Omar Sharif dies aged 83  —  Omar Sharif earned an Oscar nomination for Lawrence of Arabia  —  Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has died aged 83.  —  Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination …
Nick Gass / Politico:
President Obama to make historic visit to federal prison  —  President Barack Obama will become the first sitting chief executive to visit a federal prison when he goes to El Reno, Oklahoma, next week to meet with law enforcement officials and inmates as part of the administration's push for criminal-justice reform.
James Risen / New York Times:
Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency's health professionals repeatedly criticized the agency's post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, but their protests were rebuffed by prominent outside psychologists who lent credibility to the program …
Discussion: Guardian
Jason Pohl / Coloradoan Online:
Spotify search warrant helps nab alleged child abductors  —  There was food left on the table.  —  Dishes filled the kitchen sink.  —  It looked like 25-year-old Wellington resident Brittany Nunn, her husband Peter Barr, and her two young girls had gone out for ice cream, said Drew Weber …
Discussion: The Verge and Fusion
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Ginsburg: Liberal Justices Make A Point To Speak With One Voice  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday provided an unusual peek behind-the-scenes at how the court did its work this term.  —  It's true, she said, that the liberal justices tried to be disciplined about having …
Discussion: Business Insider
Chris Brennan /
Kenney calls archdiocese leaders ‘cowardly’ after teacher firing  —  Jim Kenney, the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia mayor, is blaming the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the controversial firing of a Catholic school faculty member who is in a same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Advocate and Raw Story
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Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Marco Rubio: I will absolutely roll back Obama Cuba policy
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Michael Wolff / MIT Technology Review:
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Leah Libresco / FiveThirtyEight:
Women Haven't Had Their Own Ticker-Tape Parade Since 1960
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Republican Party Is Still Trying to Decide if Minorities Matter
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
What Gov. Scott Walker is about to do to Wisconsin's public schools
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin /
Of Donuts, Divas and Celebrity Tantrum-itis
Discussion: Mediaite
Noah Phillips / Washington Post:
I tried to escape my privilege with low-wage work. Instead I came face to face with it.
Discussion: Althouse
Gertrude Himmelfarb / Weekly Standard:
Into the Abyss  —  From the halls of academia to the cover of Vanity Fair.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: RNC chairman ‘probably’ leaked call