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10:20 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.
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: 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 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
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
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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
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 …
Politico:
Hillary Clinton gets testy over gay marriage
Discussion: The Dish and Outside the Beltway
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?
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 …
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
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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