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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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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.
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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 …
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 …
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
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:
Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance; Kurds seize Kirkuk
Discussion: RedState and The Dish
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
After Mosul  —  If jihadists control Iraq, blame Nouri al-Maliki, not the United States.
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.
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Christopher Ketcham / The New Republic:
The Troubling Case of Chris Hedges  —  Pulitzer winner.  Lefty hero.  Plagiarist.  —  In early 2010, the editors at Harper's Magazine began reviewing a lengthy manuscript submitted by Chris Hedges, a former New York Times reporter.  In the piece, Hedges had turned his eye to Camden …
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.  Update: Cohen's office says the email is run-of-the-mill.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jane Maienschein / Slate:
How the realities of biology complicate the “personhood movement.”  —  What if at the very beginning stages of development you absorbed your twin's cells?  You'd be twins—a phenomenon called a chimera.  Would you suddenly feel extra special because you are really more than just one person?
Discussion: National Review and Booman Tribune
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.
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.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Why Eric Cantor chose Bobby Van's  —  Tabs at fancy D.C. steakhouses and the high overhead for Eric Cantor's campaign drew plenty of mockery in the aftermath of his primary loss.  —  But lobbyists and other big donors generally don't cut $5,000 checks over a barbacoa burrito bowl.
 
 
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