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9:40 AM ET, June 12, 2014

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David R. Baker / San Francisco Chronicle:
In S.F., Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking in San Francisco on Wednesday night, said the U.S. would better serve its diverse population by letting the states handle many economic and social policies, a point he perhaps inadvertently drove home …
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Frank Luntz / New York Times:
Republicans Couldn't Predict Eric Cantor's Loss  —  ERIC CANTOR wasn't the only person at a loss for words on Tuesday night.  —  His pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, found itself trying to explain the impossible — how a projected 34 percent lead for the House majority leader 12 days …
Discussion: Althouse and Democratic Strategist
Politico:
Kevin McCarthy makes his move  —  On June 19, Kevin McCarthy was scheduled to headline a birthday fundraiser for his friend Eric Cantor on the rooftop of 101 Constitution, a swank office building with sweeping views of the Capitol.  —  Instead, that day will be all about McCarthy.
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Reformers fear death of immigration bill  —  Some of Congress's most fervent immigration reformers say their legislative push is likely dead after Tuesday's staggering primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  —  While some Democratic leaders put on a brave public face …
Discussion: Politico
Norm Ornstein / NY Daily News:
With Cantor's implosion and Brat's rise, get ready for an even more extreme Republican Party  —  The fight in today's GOP is now between hardline conservatives and radical nihilists  —  There are three key questions to ask and answer about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat Tuesday night.
Politico:
Cantor's loss scrambles 2016 immigration picture  —  Suddenly, the 2016 Republican field has a new reason to worry about immigration reform: saying anything at all can be hazardous to your presidential chances.  —  The advice to the Republican Party seemed so clear after Mitt Romney's loss in 2012: Just do it.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
After Primary Upset, G.O.P. Fears Infighting Will Take a Toll  —  WASHINGTON — The sudden and decisive fall of House majority leader Eric Cantor of Virginia at the hands of a conservative primary opponent tore open divisions among Republicans Wednesday, setting off a new wave of fear …
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Elites Beware: Eric Cantor's Defeat May Signal a Populist Revolution
Mother Jones:
David Brat, the Libertarian Who Beat Eric Cantor, Doesn't Believe in the “Common” Good
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Maybe Eric Cantor Didn't Lose Because of Immigration Reform After All
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House: Cantor's Problem Was Cantor, Not Immigration
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
Why We Fired Eric Cantor
New York Times:
U.S. Said to Rebuff Iraqi Request to Strike Militants  —  WASHINGTON — As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials.
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Washington Post:
Insurgents in northern Iraq seize key cities, advance toward Baghdad  —  IRBIL, Iraq — Insurgents inspired by al-Qaeda rapidly pressed towards Baghdad on Wednesday, confronting little resistance from Iraq's collapsing security forces and expanding an arc of control that now includes a wide swath of the country.
Agence France-Presse:   Jihadists ‘bulldoze berm’ dividing Iraq from Syria
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Political Polarization in the American Public  —  How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life  —  Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines - and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive - than at any point in the last two decades.
Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi Drama Catches U.S. Off Guard  —  The quickly unfolding drama prompted a White House meeting Wednesday of top policy makers and military leaders who were caught off guard by the swift collapse of Iraqi security forces.
ABC News:
Solar Flares Disrupt Communications on Earth, Could Send Shockwave on Friday the 13th  —  The sun has had three major solar flares on its surface in the past two days that have affected communications on Earth and could send a shockwave through Earth this Friday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Jackie Crosby / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
95% of Minnesotans now have health insurance  —  Percentage without health plan is 2nd-lowest in U.S.  —  The percentage of uninsured Minnesotans has dropped to the lowest level in state history, and the second-lowest level in the nation, following the end of enrollments under the Affordable Care Act.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Five Major Cases The Supreme Court Will Decide This Month  —  The Supreme Court has already delivered major rulings this year on campaign finance and prayer in public meetings.  By the end of June, the Court is expected to hand down several more important decisions that could dramatically alter the law and affect Americans' lives.
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Bergdahl's writings reveal a fragile young man  —  Before he became a Taliban prisoner, before he wrote in his journal “I am the lone wolf of deadly nothingness,” before he ever joined the Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard for psychological reasons …
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Yahoo! News:
Bergdahl Was Discharged from the Coast Guard for Psychological Reasons Before He Joined the Army
Discussion: Washington Post
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Oklahoma GOP Candidate OK With Stoning Gay People To Death  —  A Republican candidate for the Oklahoma state House who boasts that he's looking forward to “applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law” is okay with gay people being stoned to death — even if he won't legislate the practice himself.
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Recovery Looks Distant as Growth Lingers
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Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Two Activists in Mormon Church Threatened With Excommunication
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Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
A Missouri Juror Tries To Save Man She Helped Send to Death Row
Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Biden: We need ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants
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