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1:25 AM ET, June 13, 2014

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Daily Mail:
ABU DUA: IMPRISONED BY THE US, THE MAN WHO HATES THE WEST MORE THAN OSAMA BIN LADEN AND IS THE DRIVING FORCE BY ISIS … Marauding ISIS militia beheading their way to Baghdad: How jihadist group so extreme even al-Qaeda has distanced itself threatens to take Iraq three years after America left
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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.
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 …
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0 And U.S. Drones Won't Solve The Problem  —  U.S. drones and fighters won't solve the problem: The problem is the Iraqi government.  —  When the jihadis took over the city of Mosul and began their march towards Baghdad, Washington was of course shocked.
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 …
Reuters:
Obama warns of U.S. action as jihadists push on Baghdad
Discussion: Mediaite
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Repent or die: al-Qaeda forces announce rules for Iraqi territory they now control
Tim / America Rising:
Hillary Clinton Snaps At Radio Host In Defensive, Testy Gay Marriage Interview  —  In an interview this afternoon on NPR, Hillary Clinton gets testy and defensive about her and her husband's gay marriage record.  —  After 6 minutes of questioning, Clinton attacks host Terry Gross for pressing …
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NPR:
Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview … Hillary Clinton is on a national book tour for her new memoir, Hard Choices.  The book outlines her four years as secretary of state during President Obama's first term, when she met with leaders all over the world.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Althouse and Fox News
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Anarchy in the GOP: The End of Authority in the Republican Party  —  The big message from Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss isn't about immigration or the Tea Party.  It's about the unprecedented crisis of authority in today's GOP.  —  Think about it.  Cantor's boss, John Boehner is …
Discussion: Liberal Values and NY Daily News
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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.
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.
Miles O'Brien / New York Magazine:
Life, After  —  An accident in February cost the TV reporter Miles O'Brien his left arm.  He soon discovered that every movement, no matter how small, requires rethinking.  —  Denial is powerful.  It can be a crucial coping tool when experiencing loss or trauma, but it also can unmoor you from reality.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Politico:
Pete Sessions exits leadership race  —  Texas Rep. Pete Sessions has dropped out of the race for House majority leader, leaving Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the lone declared candidate.  —  “After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision …
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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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Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Ruby Dee, a Ringing Voice for Civil Rights, Onstage and Off, Dies at 91
Discussion: Philly.com
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 …
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
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
George H.W. Bush celebrates 90th birthday by skydiving  —  Former President George H.W. Bush has celebrated his 90th birthday as most people his age do — jumping out of a plane.  —  The 41st president successfully landed after skydiving on Thursday morning.
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Associated Press:   90-YEAR-OLD EX-PRESIDENT TO MAKE PARACHUTE JUMP
 
 
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