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11:50 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 …
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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 +
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
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
Economist:
Two Arab countries fall apart
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, Fox News and Weekly Standard
Politico:   Hillary Clinton gets testy over gay marriage
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
The Pitfalls of Peace: The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth  —  It's not because war spending itself is so good.  It's because the threat of war can inspire countries to do great things.  —  A Better Way to Rank Soccer Teams in a Fairer World Cup
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
Politico:
Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC  —  Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the agreement told POLITICO.  —  Clinton, who joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” …
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
Fazel Hawramy / Guardian:
Kurdish peshmerga seize a chaotic victory in Kirkuk  —  Police loyal to Nouri al-Maliki are powerless to stop looting after Iraqi Kurds gain control of the oil-rich north-eastern city of Kirkuk  —  Looting at K1 Iraqi army base near the city of Kirkuk, which is under the control of Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
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Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
How effective is Isis compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga?
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Dish and Daily Kos
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Ratings of President Obama's Image at New Lows  —  More view him unfavorably than favorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' views of President Barack Obama as a person have turned slightly negative, with 47% saying they have a favorable opinion of him and 52% an unfavorable one.
 
 
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