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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

OBAMA AGENDA: 21.5 million people

The State offers a tick-tock on how the vote to remove the Confederate flag came together.

The latest from the Eurozone, from the New York Times: "Only a day after grim predictions of financial and social collapse in Greece, a scramble appeared underway to work out the details of a new bailout package to bring the country back from the brink of falling out of the euro. As details of the new offer emerged, it appeared that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was capitulating to demands on harsh austerity terms that he urged his countrymen to reject in the referendum last Sunday, like tax increases and various measures to cut the costs of pensions."

That OPM hack compromised 21.5 million people, NBC News reports.

CONGRESS: Drama on the House floor

Alex Moe reports on the drama on the House floor Thursday around a pulled vote on a bill that included a measure to allow Confederate flag imagery on federal grounds in some cases.

OFF TO THE RACES: Bill and W -- together

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton gave a joint interview to USA Today and spoke about the relationship between their respective relatives running for president. ""I know Jeb will treat Hillary with respect, and I'm confident Hillary will treat Jeb with respect," Bush said. "I'm not sure I can speak that highly of some of the surrogates they may have out there, but these two surrogates will.."

At an event in Dallas, the two men also ribbed each other about being "long in the tooth."

The Wall Street Journal asks: "One detail getting some attention from Republican campaign strategists in the run-up to 2016 is a rule the party adopted in 2012 requiring its presidential candidates to win more than half the delegates in eight states to qualify for the nomination. That may seem like a low threshold, especially in a race featuring an obvious front-runner, but in a field as crowded as this one, winning a majority of delegates in any state might prove trickier than usual. And there is nothing usual about this race, given the 16 or more Republicans seeking the nomination."

BUSH: He announced a combined $114 million fundraising haul between his campaign and Right to Rise super PAC.

Perry Bacon Jr explains what that big number does -- and doesn't -- mean.

The Washington Post reports on his big fundraising confab in Kennebunkport.

CHRISTIE: He is out with his first TV ad, cut from his unscripted announcement speech. "I am not looking to be the most popular guy, who looks in your eyes every day and tries to figure out what you want to hear, say it, and then turn around and do something else," he says. "I mean what I say, and I say what I mean. And that’s what America needs right now."

CLINTON: The Washington Post notes how her vow to fight for tighter gun controls is a departure from past Democratic presidential candidates.

Clinton “will meet privately this month with leaders of the nation's largest labor federation as she seeks to prevent a revolt by union members infuriated by her cautious stance on a looming trade deal, labor sources told Reuters.”

CRUZ: The New York Times won’t put his book on the bestseller list, citing bulk buys.

SANDERS: In a lengthy piece on Bernie Sanders, POLITICO Mag writes that his choice to live in Vermont "allowed him to focus on what fueled him without being forced to discuss publicly significant details about his personal life – like his meager finances, his bare-bones living arrangement, and the fact that the mother of his one biological child is not his ex-wife." MORE: "That’s a surprise to some who have known him for decades. It’s also very much a product of an unwritten compact between Sanders, his supporters and local reporters who have steered clear rather than risk lectures about the twisted priorities of the press."

TRUMP: The New York Times looks at how GOP leaders are paralyzed by indecision about what to do about Donald Trump.

WALKER: The Weekly Standard reports: "When Scott Walker formalizes his presidential run Monday with a long-anticipated announcement, he will have at his side a seasoned veteran of Republican politics and an architect of the modern conservative movement. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Walker is expected to name Michael Grebe as campaign chairman as early as Friday. Grebe’s role, while not unexpected, is nonetheless a coup for Walker, who has firmly established himself as a first-tier candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination. Grebe served as chairman of both of Walker’s bids for governor, as well as Walker’s 2012 recall election – so he knows the candidate well."

And around the country...

FLORIDA: NBC’s Alex Jaffe talked to Senate candidate Alan Grayson, who says “one reason why Democrats are willing to crawl over hot coals naked to vote for me is because I'm willing to tell the truth”

PUERTO RICO: The Washington Post gives an in-depth look at how Washington helped create Puerto Rico's financial woes.


*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Alex Witt sits in for Tamron Hall. She speaks with Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District of the AME Church Reverend Joseph Darby and President of the NAACP Cornell William Brooks about the Confederate Battle flag being taken down over the Statehouse in South Carolina, and David Ermold and David Moore who were denied a marriage license in Rowan County Kentucky despite a Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States.

*** Friday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Frances Rivera interviews Alana Simmons, granddaughter of Charleston 9 Family member Pastor Daniel L. Simmons Sr. and Elliot Summey, Chair of Charleston County Council about the removal of the confederate flag from the SC Capitol grounds, “The Cycle” co-host Krystal Ball gives a live look at the U.S. Women’s World Cup Champion parade and ceremony in Times Square, NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd joins to talk Donald Trump and 2016 politics, and fmr. Exec. Assistant FBI Director Shawn Henry joins to talk about cybersecurity and thwarted July 4th plots.