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10:30 AM ET, June 17, 2014

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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS  —  As ISIS marches closer to Baghdad, the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, Iran, is offering the Iraqi government the use of its army and spies.  —  As President Obama weighs whether to re-enter the Iraq war, the country's neighbor, Iran, is looking to step into the void.
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obama's Iraq disaster
New York Times:
U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran on Crisis in Iraq
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What to Do in Iraq  —  It's widely agreed that the collapse …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Why Obama “owns” Iraq
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's reminiscent of Rose Mary Woods's 18½ minutes of fame.  —  Vietnam and Watergate have been central to the worldview of a generation of liberal Democrats.  For decades, whenever a Republican was in the White House, they eagerly anticipated that every U.S. military intervention would turn into …
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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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   The Latest on Lois Lerner's “Lost” Emails, With a Bombshell At the End
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cleta Mitchell to the IRS: Answer this
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Obama Impeachment “Probably Could” Pass The House
Charles Lipson / Chicago Tribune:
Downward spiral of Obama's presidency … “Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job.”  That was George W. Bush's infamous compliment to Michael Brown, his then-director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  It came as New Orleans lay flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 …
Discussion: Power Line
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Politico:
President Obama seeks political boost from LGBT executive order
Discussion: Forbes, CNN and The Hill
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
D'Souza baffles Megyn Kelly  —  Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza baffled Megyn Kelly on Monday night with an analogy that compared the United States to a child molesting father.  —  Appearing on Fox's “The Kelly File” to promote his new book, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama will propose vast expansion of Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary  —  The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati lies seven feet above sea level, on average.  But scientists say it's drowning.  PostTV asked Kiribati President Anote Tong how he's planning for a future that might find his entire country submerged in the Pacific Ocean.
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
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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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 …
New York Times:
Immigrant Children Need Safety, Shelter and Lawyers  —  The surge of desperate young migrants across the southwest border has the Obama administration scrambling to respond.  It was clearly ill-prepared for a problem that grew steadily for years before exploding this year …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Curtis Skinner / Reuters:
N.Y. lawmaker aims to give voting rights to illegal immigrants  —  (Reuters) - A New York lawmaker wants to grant many of the rights of citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants and non-citizen residents, including the right to vote in local and state elections, under a bill introduced on Monday.
 
 
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Mediaite and MLive.com
David Carr / New York Times:
Eric Cantor's Defeat Exposed a Beltway Journalism Blind Spot