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2:15 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.
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David Brat / Salon:
Libertarians' scary, new guru: Why Dave Brat is no populist hero  —  Some on the left may see a kindred spirit — but here's why the man who beat Eric Cantor is anything but  —  Both the left and the right have found reasons to celebrate the upset of Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Tuesday's Virginia primary.
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 …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Hensarling opts out of GOP race
David Boaz / The Daily Beast:
Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Hit & Run and Instapundit
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What Cantor's Loss and Graham's Win Mean
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  —  IRBIL, Iraq — Iraq was on the brink of disintegration Thursday as al-Qaeda-inspired fighters swept through northern Iraq toward Baghdad and Kurdish soldiers seized the city of Kirkuk without a fight.
Discussion: PandoDaily, Guardian, RedState and The Dish
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
After Mosul  —  If jihadists control Iraq, blame Nouri al-Maliki, not the United States.
Fazel Hawramy / Guardian:
Iraq army capitulates to Isis militants in four cities
Richard Fernandez / Belmont Club:
The Day of Reckoning  —  Ernest Hemingway observed …
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:
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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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Political Polarization in the American Public
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Polarization Is Dividing American Society, Not Just Politics
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 …
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday  —  Programming note: CNN will air “41ON41,” a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, Sunday at 9 and 11 p.m. ET  —  (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush Thursday celebrated …
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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Associated Press:
90-YEAR-OLD EX-PRESIDENT TO MAKE PARACHUTE JUMP
Discussion: Business Insider
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
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Meghan Daum / Los Angeles Times:
Column Hillary Clinton's money trouble
Discussion: NewsBusters
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran has deployed Revolutionary Guard forces to fight al Qaeda-inspired militants in Iraq, Iranian security sources said  —  Iran has deployed Revolutionary Guard forces to fight al Qaeda-inspired militants that have overrun a string of Iraqi cities and has helped Iraqi troops win back control …
ThinkProgress:
Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School  —  A housing unit at the Berks County Jail where Eileen DeNino died.  —  CREDIT: Berks County, PA  —  A mother of seven died in a Pennsylvania jail over the weekend while serving a two-day sentence.
Discussion: Associated Press and Reading Eagle
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.
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.
 
 
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Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Facebook to Let Users Alter Their Ad Profiles
Discussion: The Daily Caller, NPR and The Verge
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Senators Torch George Will For ‘Ancient Beliefs About The Realities Of Sexual Assault’
Discussion: Daily Kos, National Review and The Dish
thenation.com/blogs/180029:
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Jane Maienschein / Slate:
How the realities of biology complicate the “personhood movement.”
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Romney Aiming For Kingmaker Status In GOP
Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi Drama Catches U.S. Off Guard
Discussion: National Review
ABC News:
Solar Flares Disrupt Communications on Earth, Could Send Shockwave on Friday the 13th
Fox News:
US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders