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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 …
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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 Federalist
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0 And U.S. Drones Won't Solve The Problem
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
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Odds With Congress: Bad to Worse
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back?
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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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.
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.
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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