First Read Morning Clips: Candidates react to SC shooting

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Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. David Goldman / AP

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Jeb Bush cancelled a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina in the wake of last night’s church shooting that killed nine.

Hillary Clinton, who campaigned in South Carolina on Wednesday, tweeted: “Heartbreaking news from Charleston - my thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

A major Latino conference is taking place in Las Vegas, but only one Republican candidate showed up, NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell reports.

A number of Republican presidential candidates will flock to Washington, D.C. over the next three days to court religious and conservative activists gathered for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, one of us previews.

Bloomberg reports on what the tech strategy of the GOP’s top tier candidates reveals about the race.

The National Organization for Marriage will ask candidates to sign a pledge promising to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman, CNN reports.

BIDEN: The vice president could still jump in the presidential race and plans to make his decision by August 1, according to U.S. News & World Report.

BUSH: The head of the pro-Bush super PAC told donors they have raised $17 million in the New York-area alone and opponents will have “heart attacks” once they find out how much money they have, Buzzfeed reports.

CLINTON: From Politico: “Clinton faces a growing threat from Bernie Sanders in the once-safe haven of New Hampshire, but her campaign has no intention of attacking or even name-checking the white-tufted democratic socialist — yet.”

GRAHAM: The South Carolina senator is opening up about his bachelor status, telling CNN, “there's nothing in the Constitution that says single people need not apply."

O’MALLEY: Democrat and Catholic Martin O’Malley will release a white paper that outlines the country’s “moral obligation” to protect the environment to coincide with Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, the Washington Post reports.

PAUL: Rand Paul wants to “blow up the tax code” and impose a 14.5% federal flat tax, the Wall Street Journal reports.

WALKER: Per the AP: The Wisconsin governor has set up a “testing the waters” committee that will allow him to raise money for a presidential run.

And around the country…

COLORADO: Roll Call: “A war between the Colorado Republican Party’s top brass is raising questions about whether the party can recruit a top-tier challenger needed to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the state’s must-win U.S. Senate seat.

CONGRESS: If you at first don’t succeed, try, try again…

“The House is set to vote Thursday on Trade Promotion Authority, with GOP leaders employing procedural maneuvers and indirect promises to make sure the bill eventually gets signed into law,” Roll Call writes.

Politico writes that Harry Reid accidentally hung up on the president during a phone conversation about trade.

House Republicans may be coalescing behind a Paul Ryan plan that would give states the option of keeping Obamacare subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act, The Hill reports.

National Journal reports that Democrats are searching for a Pelosi-backed successor after their top choice, Chris Van Hollen, decided to run for Senate.

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