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11:30 AM ET, June 15, 2014


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Rick Klein / ABC News:
Five Stories You'll Care About In Politics This Week  —  It's choosing time: Did primary voters in Virginia deliver an earthquake or a tornado?  Would you rather have a steak with Eric Cantor or a drink with Rick Perry?  Is a race for House leadership more “House of Cards” or “Election”?
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
How enthusiastic are Democrats about Clinton as nominee?  —  Washington (CNN) - Most Democrats say they'd support Hillary Clinton if she wins their party's nomination, but a new national survey indicates only a minority are excited about that prospect.  —  The CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday …
Discussion: Liberaland
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Rand Paul told Iowans today that change is needed before the GOP can win the next presidency.  —  “You guys have a strong force here,” he told the 1,400 delegates at the Republican state convention today, “but frankly the president won Iowa twice.  So we can't do the same ole same old.”
Discussion: The Week
James Hohmann / Politico:
Iowa GOP takeover: The implications for 2016  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Establishment forces officially wrested control of the Iowa Republican Party from supporters of Rand Paul on Saturday, a development the victors said would help save the state's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
U.S. officials scrambled to nab Snowden, hoping he would take a wrong step.  He didn't.  —  While Edward Snowden was trapped in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport last year, U.S. officials were confronting their own dearth of options in the White House Situation Room.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Eric Cantor loss gives Republicans chance to become people's party  —  REPUBLICAN PARTY CAMPAIGN FINANCE ERIC CANTOR WALL STREET DAVE BRAT  —  Eric Cantor's single largest source of campaign contributions was Blackstone Group, the high-rolling financial titan in Midtown Manhattan.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Washington Post:
Dana Milbank: John Boehner chooses job security over leadership
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
The brutal neoconservative legacy in Iraq  —  When we take stock of American policy in Iraq and its effects over the last decade, reasonable and humane people tend to focus on the devastating toll in blood, treasure and reputation.  Hundreds of thousands dead, even more injured …
Washington Post:
Republicans come out of the 2014 primary season with little to guide them forward  —  The 2014 primary season, while leaving the Republicans in good shape for the fall elections against the Democrats, has done little to quiet their internal turmoil or to provide a winning formula going forward.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
D.R. Tucker / Washington Monthly:
Romney III  —  As if there wasn't enough evidence of the intellectual exhaustion of the GOP, now we have the bizarre spectacle of Republicans pushing for a third Mitt Romney presidential campaign in 2016:  —  Seriously, what is the question to which Romney is the answer—besides, of course …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama pinched by crises abroad  —  President Obama is trapped between two international crises at a time when the U.S. military is facing cutbacks and the public is weary of foreign engagements.  —  Three weeks after Obama announced that most troops would leave Afghanistan by the end …
Discussion: Politico
Meg Wagner / NY Daily News:
‘Highly spiritual’ Oregon high school shooter Jared Padgett wrote plans to kill ‘sinners’ in diary: police  —  Police found the alleged shooter's diary in his family's Oregon home.  The 15-year-old's detailed plans did not name specific people as targets, police said.
Kyle Iboshi / KGW-TV:   Reynolds HS suspect planned to ‘kill sinners’
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Cambodian Activist's Fall Exposes Broad Deception  —  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The fall from grace of one of Cambodia's most prominent social activists and the unraveling of her sad tale of being an orphan sold into sex slavery has highlighted what aid workers here say is widespread embellishment …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ron Fournier /
Did The IRS Really Lose Lois Lerner's Emails?  Let a Special Prosecutor Find Them  —  Obama needs to address this ‘phony scandal’ and the public trust with real transparency.  —  A sloppy mistake, the government calls it, but you couldn't blame a person for suspecting a cover-up …
Katie Pavlich /
Convenient: IRS Has ‘Lost’ Two Years of Lois Lerner's Emails
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Michael Steele: ‘Lot Of Interest’ In Eric Cantor Serving As RNC Chairman
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Stuart James / Guardian:
Fifa investigating Frances claims that a drone spied on training
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Netanyahu confirms: Teens kidnapped by terrorist organization
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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When even Lloyd Blankfein says you need to do something about income inequality....
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