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11:05 AM ET, June 13, 2014

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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: The Week, National Review and News Desk
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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.
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
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: Gawker and Outside the Beltway
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0 And U.S. Drones Won't Solve The Problem
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, The Dish and Vox
Economist:
Two Arab countries fall apart
Politico:
GOP on Iraq: We told you so
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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New York Times:
David Brat and Jack Trammell show unease in the spotlight  —  ASHLAND, Va. — Before the two professors became overnight political rivals in one of the most improbable, high-profile races in memory, they knew each other best as basketball teammates.  —  David Brat, the economics professor …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Odds With Congress: Bad to Worse
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back?
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton's Gay-Marriage Problem  —  Until 2013, she held a position that lots of Democratic voters now regard as deeply wrongheaded.  Some even insist that it is hateful and bigoted.  —  Hillary Clinton didn't refrain from supporting same-sex marriage for political reasons-prior to last year …
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Jonathan Allen / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Popularity Drops to 52% as 2016 Edge Shrinks
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Politico:   Hillary Clinton gets testy over gay marriage
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth  —  The continuing slowness of economic growth in high-income economies has prompted soul-searching among economists.  They have looked to weak demand, rising inequality, Chinese competition, over-regulation, inadequate infrastructure …
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
Kimberly Dozier / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Bergdahl Explains in Prison Letters Why He Vanished  —  In a pair of letters, the captured U.S. soldier asks his government to reserve judgment about his disappearance—and complains about the officers leading his unit in Afghanistan.  —  Writing from a Taliban “prison,” …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Bowe Bergdahl hearing, Chuck Hagel hedges the tough questions
Discussion: Power Line and Conservatives4Palin
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Our ‘Dead Broke’ Leaders  —  In the largest turnout in a congressional primary in the history of Virginia politics, the voters of the Commonwealth's 7th Congressional District last Tuesday decisively chose not to renominate their seven-term representative, now serving as House majority leader …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Chris Christie / CNN:
Chris Christie, Jimmy Fallon dance around testy issues  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bust a move on late night TV.  —  And the New Jersey Republican danced with “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon around testy issues such as the George Washington Bridge controversy …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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