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5:00 PM ET, June 12, 2014

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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, Hot Air and RedState
Politico:
GOP on Iraq: We told you so  —  Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama's entire national security team should resign over the resurgence of Islamic militants in Iraq.  —  “Everybody in his national security team, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff …
Fazel Hawramy / Guardian:
Iraq army capitulates to Isis militants in four cities
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
After Mosul  —  If jihadists control Iraq, blame Nouri al-Maliki, not the United States.
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.
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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 …
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.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Hensarling opts out of GOP race
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:
Rick Perry shares the love with California, Hillary Clinton
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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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Polarization Is Dividing American Society, Not Just Politics
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Political Polarization in the American Public
Elon Musk / Tesla Motors:
All Our Patent Are Belong To You  —  Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters.  That is no longer the case.  They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
10 Times NPR's Terry Gross Tries To Get Hillary Clinton To Explain When She First Supported Marriage Equality  —  “I'm pretty sure you didn't answer my question about whether you evolved or it was the American public that changed.”  —  Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press / MCT
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Tennessee Democratic Congressman Is Looking Everywhere For Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post
Meghan Daum / Los Angeles Times:
Column Hillary Clinton's money trouble
Discussion: NewsBusters
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 …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Bush 43 now on par with Obama
Discussion: Politico and Gallup
Associated Press:
90-YEAR-OLD EX-PRESIDENT TO MAKE PARACHUTE JUMP
Discussion: Business Insider
Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
Travis County prosecutor fired over remarks about juror  —  AUSTIN — A top Travis County felony prosecutor was fired Wednesday after comments he made about a juror during a recent court proceeding for a convicted killer about to go to trial on a related charge.  —  Travis County prosecutor fired over remarks about juror KVUE
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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 …
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back?  —  Eric Cantor tried to appease Republican radicals.  They turned on him anyway.  —  John Boehner has tried to resist them.  They just overwhelmed him.  —  Mitt Romney tried to join them—and in doing so fastened onto his party the platform that lost the presidential election of 2012.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alan Duke / CNN:
Screen, stage legend Ruby Dee dead at 91  —  People we lost in 2014  —  (CNN) — Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died.  She was 91.  —  Dee died peacefully at her New Rochelle, New York, home on Wednesday, according to her representative, Michael Livingston.
 
 
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Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Repent or die: al-Qaeda forces announce rules for Iraqi territory they now control
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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:
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ThinkProgress:
Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School
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