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7:50 AM ET, June 17, 2014

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Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
No one buying claim that Lois Lerner's IRS emails were lost  —  Last Friday afternoon, the Internal Revenue Service claimed that Lois Lerner, a former executive tasked with overseeing tax-exemption applications, lost thousands of emails after her computer crashed.
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David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Tax Agency Says Lois Lerner Emails Were Destroyed in Computer Crash  —  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service commissioner will testify before two House committees next week about the agency's disclosure that it lost thousands of emails sought by investigators looking into accusations …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Latest on Lois Lerner's “Lost” Emails, With a Bombshell At the End  —  The Internal Revenue Service claims, as of last Friday, that two years' worth of Lois Lerner's external emails are gone forever.  You can read the letter in which the IRS told Senators Hatch and Wyden that Lerner's external emails …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
GOP pol raises Obama impeachment  —  Rep. Lou Barletta says the House “probably” has the votes to impeach President Barack Obama.  —  “He's just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances,” the Pennsylvania Republican said of Obama on the Gary Sutton radio show on Monday.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Obama Impeachment “Probably Could” Pass The House  —  Republican Rep. Lou Barletta says impeaching Obama could pass the Republican-controlled House, but he's unsure the American people want it.  —  A Republican congressman thinks a vote to impeachment President Obama …
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.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain, Lindsey Graham split on Iran
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Associated Press:
More US Troops to Iraq; Special Forces Considered  —  The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, CNN and The Week
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
WH to honor young illegal immigrants  —  The White House will honor 10 young adults on Tuesday who came to the United States illegally and qualified for the president's program to defer deportation actions.  —  Each person has qualified for the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Heritage's ugly Benghazi panel  —  Representatives of prominent conservative groups converged on the Heritage Foundation on Monday afternoon for the umpteenth in a series of gatherings to draw attention to the Benghazi controversy.  —  But this one took an unexpected turn.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Kristen Soltis Anderson / The Daily Beast:
The Cantor Prediction Is Part of a Pattern—GOP Pollsters Stink  —  They overestimated Romney, underestimated Cuccinelli, and had Eric Cantor up 34 points.  Do GOP pollsters understand the country anymore?  —  The last few years have regrettably made the phrase “Republican pollster” less a job title than a punch line.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady: Students shouldn't pick what they have for lunch  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Monday blasted back at critics of her school lunch program, arguing parents should ensure their children eat healthy meals.  —  Obama said parents and school leaders can't let children make the call …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
NC GOPer: Unlike Blacks Or Hispanics, ‘Traditional’ Population Isn't Growing (VIDEO)  —  State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, said that the “traditional” voting bloc of his home state wasn't growing like as minority populations in an interview he did in 2012.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Politico:
Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight  —  During a closed-door gathering of major donors in Southern California on Monday, the political operation spearheaded by the Koch brothers unveiled a significant new weapon in its rapidly expanding arsenal — a super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund.
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, and their fellow neocons botched Iraq.  Now they want to tell you what they think.  Ignore them.  —  Let's say you're an academic-turned-public official who helped push your government into war.  You promised an easy victory and an inexpensive reconstruction …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's Book Tops Barnes & Noble Sales In First Week  —  Hard Choices sells 24,000 copies in its first week through B&N.  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a book signing for with her new memoir, Hard Choices, at a Costco in Arlington, Va., last Saturday.
George Zornick / thenation.com/blogs/163255:
Hillary Still Doesn't Get It On Iraq  —  The unfortunate re-eruption of warfare in Iraq will lead to many more questions for Hillary Clinton about her past support for the war—a rather unfortunate thing from her point of view, given the issue was a key reason for her 2008 Democratic presidential primary loss.
Politico:
President Obama seeks political boost from LGBT executive order  —  President Barack Obama's 2014: “pen and phone” — and politics.  —  Monday, the White House announced Obama will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Discussion: Forbes, CNN, The Hill and The Daily Caller
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Court Rulings on Voter Restrictions Create Limbo as Midterms Near  —  MIAMI — With the midterm elections only months away, efforts to carry out some of the country's strictest photo ID requirements and shorten early voting in several politically pivotal states have been thrown into limbo …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women's Rights: A Daughter  —  WASHINGTON — It was, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg later said, “such a delightful surprise.”  —  In a 2003 Supreme Court opinion, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist suddenly turned into a feminist, denouncing “stereotypes about women's domestic roles.”
 
 
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The War in Iraq: A Study in Decision-Making
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Why Obama “owns” Iraq
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Greenpeace loses £3m in currency speculation
Discussion: Mediaite
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The Other Veterans Scandal
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Three Reasons Liberals Lack Traction With Voters, Despite Conservative Failures
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
Barry's new ‘tell-enough’ memoir tries to recast Mayor for Life's legacy, deny troubles
Jacques Leslie / New York Times:
A Piketty Protégé's Theory on Tax Havens
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L. Paul Bremer / Wall Street Journal:
Only America Can Prevent a Disaster in Iraq
 

 
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