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9:35 AM ET, June 13, 2014

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Reihan Salam / Slate:
We Never Should Have Left Iraq  —  A U.S. military presence could have mollified Sunnis and prevented the new civil war.  —  The United States made a grave mistake by invading Iraq in 2003.  Yet it also made a grave mistake by withdrawing its military forces in 2011.
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Who lost Iraq?  The Iraqis did, with an assist from George W. Bush  —  It is becoming increasingly likely that Iraq has reached a turning point.  The forces hostile to the government have grown stronger, better equipped and more organized.  And having now secured arms …
Discussion: National Review and The Federalist
New York Times:
Prime Minister Maliki Panics as Insurgents Gain  —  What's happening in Iraq is a disaster and it is astonishing that the Iraqis and the Americans, who have been sharing intelligence, seem to have been caught flat-footed by the speed of the insurgent victories and the army defections.
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
Shane Harris / Foreign Policy:
Jihadist Gains in Iraq Blindside American Spies  —  First Crimea, now Iraq.  Why does America's $50 billion intelligence community keep getting taken by surprise?  —  GOOGLE +
New York Times:
Iraqi Shiite Cleric Issues Call to Arms  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's senior Shiite leaders issued an urgent call to arms on Friday, telling all able-bodied Iraqis to assist the government's fight against the Sunni militants who have seized broad stretches of Iraqi territory, in a sign …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Scrambles to Help Iraq Fight Off Militants as Baghdad Is Threatened
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
How effective is Isis compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox
Economist:
Two Arab countries fall apart
Politico:
GOP on Iraq: We told you so
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Repent or die: al-Qaeda forces announce rules for Iraqi territory they now control
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
The absurdity of electing Kevin McCarthy to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader  —  HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 2014 ELECTIONS ERIC CANTOR KEVIN MCCARTHY DAVE BRAT  —  If House Republicans respond to the shocking primary defeat of Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Odds With Congress: Bad to Worse  —  WASHINGTON — One day in April, President Obama called Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, to wish him a happy Passover.  However the call started, it went downhill from there.  By day's end, both sides were arguing …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Anarchy in the GOP: The End of Authority in the Republican Party
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back?
Chris Christie / CNN:
Chris Christie, Jimmy Fallon dance around testy issues  —  (CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie danced with Jimmy Fallon around testy issues such as the George Washington Bridge controversy, which has cast a shadow over the Republican governor and his administration, his weight, House Majority Leader …
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Allen / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Popularity Drops to 52% as 2016 Edge Shrinks  —  Hillary Clinton's popularity continues to slide as she takes on a more political posture and Republicans raise questions about the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya on her watch.  —  Fifty-two percent of Americans view …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Bush 43 now on par with Obama
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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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.
 
 
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