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12:20 PM ET, June 12, 2014

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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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
After Primary Upset, G.O.P. Fears Infighting Will Take a Toll  —  WASHINGTON — The sudden and decisive fall of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, at the hands of a conservative primary opponent tore open divisions among Republicans on Wednesday, setting off a new wave of fear …
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: Democratic Strategist and Althouse
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.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Hensarling opts out of GOP race  —  House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) will not run to replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  —  The conservative favorite said in a statement Thursday he was not going to challenge Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy …
Discussion: American Spectator and Politico
David Boaz / The Daily Beast:
Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Hit & Run and Instapundit
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Reformers fear death of immigration bill
Politico:
Kevin McCarthy makes his move
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
What went wrong for Eric Cantor?
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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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
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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New York Times:
Kurdish Troops in Control of Key Iraqi Town, Official Says
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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.
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.
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Tennessee Democratic Congressman Is Looking Everywhere For Hillary Clinton  —  “Does anyone have a good phone number” for the former secretary of state?  Staff for Rep. Steve Cohen are asking every Democrat on Capitol Hill.  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee …
Discussion: Washington Post
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Recovery Looks Distant as Growth Lingers  —  WASHINGTON — Recessions are always painful, but the Great Recession that ran from late 2007 to the middle of 2009 may have inflicted a new kind of pain: an era of slower growth.  —  It has been five years since the official end of that severe economic downturn.
Fox News:
US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders  —  Sept. 11, 2012: The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a terrorist attack.Reuters  —  The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11 …
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.
 
 
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Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Two Activists in Mormon Church Threatened With Excommunication
Discussion: The Week and Deseret News
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
A Missouri Juror Tries To Save Man She Helped Send to Death Row
Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
A Few Scattered and Preliminary Notes on Comparative Economic Theology: Wednesday Focus: June 11, 2014
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Oklahoma Tea Party Candidate Supports Stoning Gay People to Death
 

 
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