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3:50 PM ET, June 16, 2014

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What to Do in Iraq  —  It's widely agreed that the collapse of Iraq would be a disaster for American interests and security in the Middle East and around the world.  It also seems to be widely assumed either that there's nothing we can now do to avert that disaster, or that our best bet is supporting Iran against al Qaeda.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, ABC News and Hot Air
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Frederick Kagan / NY Daily News:
Put out this fire  —  Why the U.S. must step up to stop Iraq …
Discussion: The Dish, Washington Post and alicublog
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain, Lindsey Graham split on Iran
Discussion: Hot Air
Colin H. Kahl / Politico:
No, Obama Didn't Lose Iraq
Discussion: RedState
The Hill:
Is Obama done with Washington?  —  Is President Obama done with Washington?  —  The 44th president has never been the capital's biggest fan, but his frustration with life in D.C. is bubbling to the surface in ways both casual and substantive.  —  The president twice went for unscheduled walkabouts …
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Ashton Davis / GOP.com:
Political Animal Declares, “Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts!”  —  @HRCSquirrel Stars In “It's Nuts” Video  —  WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee released a new web video, “It's Nuts,” starring the HRC Squirrel, who has been tailing Hillary Clinton and the Ready …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker  —  A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star  —  In early August of 2011, a few days after Congress passed a deal to end the debt-ceiling showdown that brought the nation to the brink of credit default …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The bafflingly simple reason Raul Labrador had trouble campaigning for majority leader this weekend  —  CONGRESS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPUBLICAN PARTY TEA PARTY RAUL LABRADOR KEVIN MCCARTHY  —  As Rep. Raul Labrador launched his upstart bid for House Majority Leader on Friday …
Discussion: The Week and The Hugh Hewitt Show
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David Carr / New York Times:
Eric Cantor's Defeat Exposed a Beltway Journalism Blind Spot
Howard Dean / Politico:
What Democrats Can Learn From Cantor's Loss
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CNBC Anchor Confronts Rick Perry About Remark Comparing Gays To Alcoholics (VIDEO)  —  A CNBC anchor pressed Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Monday to explain his remark that compared being gay to being an alcoholic.  —  “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not …
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Alex Mitchell / MLive.com:
Tense encounter between open-carry advocate and Kalamazoo police detailed in recordings, reports  —  KALAMAZOO, MI — Police reports and recordings of a sometimes tense 40-minute encounter with a belligerent, rifle-toting man offers insight into how officers tried to diffuse …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:   Video Captures MI Police Struggling To Respect Gun-Toting Ranter's Open Carry Rights
ThinkProgress:
Obama Administration Announces Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees Of Federal Contractors  —  The White House is expected to announce Monday that President Obama will issue an executive order requiring that all companies who contract with the federal government must not discriminate …
Discussion: hrc.org and The Raw Story
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Key Midterm Election Indicators at or Near Historical Lows  —  Approval of Congress at 16%; national satisfaction at 23%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The election environment for congressional incumbents in 2014 will be challenging, with several key public opinion indicators as negative or nearly …
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Watergate Parking Garage to Be Torn Down  —  Spot Where ‘Deep Throat’ Shed Light on Scandal to Make Way for Apartments, Offices After Vote by County Board  —  A piece of history is slated to be demolished after a county board voted to allow the parking garage where “Deep Throat” …
Discussion: Gawker and The Huffington Post
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Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Arlington approves residential, office project that will also replace ‘Deep Throat garage’
Discussion: DCist, Outside the Beltway and The Week
Associated Press:
SCOTUS Rules On ‘Straw Purchaser’ Gun Law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says federal law does not allow a “straw” purchaser to buy a gun for someone else, even if both are legally eligible to own firearms.  —  The justices ruled Monday that the federal background check law applied …
Discussion: The Raw Story
New York Times:
Population Shifts Turning All Politics National  —  SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — When William E. Davis was growing up here in DeSoto County, just across the state line from Memphis, there were more than 300 dairy farms, and he was raised on one of them.  —  “Now there are zero,” said Mr. Davis, 66 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care and Climate: President Obama's Big Deals  —  Several times in recent weeks I've found myself in conversations with liberals who shake their heads sadly and express their disappointment with President Obama.  Why?  I suspect that they're being influenced, often without realizing it, by the prevailing media narrative.
Jacques Leslie / New York Times:
A Piketty Protégé's Theory on Tax Havens  —  GABRIEL ZUCMAN is a 27-year-old French economist who decided to solve a puzzle: Why do international balance sheets each year show more liabilities than assets, as if the world is in debt to itself?  —  Over the last couple of decades …
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
Barry's new ‘tell-enough’ memoir tries to recast Mayor for Life's legacy, deny troubles  —  At times during the 1980s, Marion Barry writes in his new memoir, he would stand amid one of the many parties he'd frequent as mayor, sip on a Hennessy and Coke, and take it all in.  —  “I would think, Damn!
The Wrap:
Malia Obama Works on Set of Halle Berry's ‘Extant’ During Pilot Reshoots (Exclusive)  —  The first daughter was spotted working as a production assistant, an insider tells TheWrap  —  President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's oldest daughter Malia could be setting her sights on Hollywood.
 
 
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Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Three Reasons Liberals Lack Traction With Voters, Despite Conservative Failures
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
V.A. Punished Critics on Staff, Doctors Assert
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L. Paul Bremer / Wall Street Journal:
Only America Can Prevent a Disaster in Iraq
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