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2:50 AM ET, June 17, 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.
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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
Associated Press:
OBAMA CONSIDERS SPECIAL FORCES TO HELP IN IRAQ  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the government in Baghdad slow the nation's rampant Sunni insurgency, U.S. officials said Monday.
Discussion: The Hill, BuzzFeed, Hot Air, Gawker and RedState
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain, Lindsey Graham split on Iran
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Washington Post:
U.S. starts removing embassy staff from Baghdad as ISIS grabs Iraqi town of Tal Afar
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  —  Washington (CNN) - A new round of scrutiny hit the IRS on Monday as senators from both parties summoned the agency's chief to Capitol Hill, one House committee set up a new investigative hearing and another issued a subpoena for the head of the agency to appear.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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
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.
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 Daily Caller and The Hill
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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 …
Los Angeles Times:
In Texas' Rio Grande Valley, a seemingly endless surge of immigrants  —  The call went out on Border Patrol radios just before sundown one day this week: 31 immigrants spotted illegally crossing the Rio Grande on a raft.  —  No sooner had the migrants been found hiding in the mesquite brush …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Video Captures MI Police Struggling To Respect Gun-Toting Ranter's Open Carry Rights  —  On a bright day in early May, Joseph Houseman, 63, was out enjoying his Second Amendment rights in Kalamazoo, Mich. As traffic went by on East Cork Street, Houseman stood at the roadside, a rifle resting on his shoulder.
Discussion: Mediaite, MLive.com and The Raw Story
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.
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 …
Hertog Foundation:
The War in Iraq: A Study in Decision-Making  —  October 27, 2014 - October 31, 2014  —  Stipends to cover travel and lodging  —  History takes on a different aspect when viewed not from years removed and with the consequences of decisions taken known, but from the viewpoints …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Althouse and Shakesville
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Why Obama “owns” Iraq  —  The Islamist blitzkrieg in Iraq is the direct result of President Obama's failure to maintain an American military presence there.  As David French has shown, when Obama took office the Islamist extremists were a subdued and nearly defeated force.
Dr. Jen Gunter / Talking Points Memo:
An OB/GYN's Open Letter To George Will About His Rape Column  —  I read your recent column on the “supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. sexual assault” and am somewhat taken aback by your claim that forcing colleges to take a tougher stand on sexual assault somehow translates into a modern version …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
 
 
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Agency Aims to Regulate Map Aids in Vehicles
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Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Arlington approves residential, office project that will also replace ‘Deep Throat garage’
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Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Greenpeace loses £3m in currency speculation
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Associated Press:
SCOTUS Rules On ‘Straw Purchaser’ Gun Law
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