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2:30 PM ET, June 17, 2014

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Washington Post:
U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid  —  An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.  The alleged ringleader in the attack has been captured by involving Special Operations forces.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Suggests Obama Captured Benghazi Suspect To Boost Hillary's Book Tour  —  Hillary Clinton in 2012, at one of her last events as Secretary of State  —  A Fox News anchor suggested that President Obama captured one of the alleged architects of the September 2012 attack …
Philip Ewing / Politico:
U.S. captures suspect in deadly Benghazi attack
Discussion: Allen B. West
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The great unraveling  —  In one of the PBS series that engages American history (was it The American Experience?  Frontline?  I don't remember and can't find it online), the producers took a look back at the Carter administration.  The show I'm thinking of would have been broadcast some 20 years ago.
Discussion: New York Times
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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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Barack Obama golfs while the Middle East burns
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
IRS Has Lost More Emails...  It's not just Lois Lerner's emails.  The Internal Revenue Service says it can't produce emails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.  —  The IRS told Ways …
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Wall Street Journal:   A Tale of Two Scandals  —  Forty-one years ago, during a small …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cleta Mitchell to the IRS: Answer this
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dana Milbank's Heritage disaster  —  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry of outraged tweets on Monday night after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at the Heritage Foundation that, he says, “deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.”
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Muslim Student Gets Mocked At Heritage Benghazi Panel
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.
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
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Megyn Kelly Laughs at Dinesh D'Souza: So You're Saying America Is a ‘Child Molester’?
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
David Corn / Mother Jones:
FLASHBACK: Remember When Paul Wolfowitz Said Not to Worry About Sectarian Violence in Iraq?  —  The former Bush administration official is perhaps the worst person to give advice about the current crisis in Iraq—but that hasn't stopped him from speaking out.
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Rick Perry's ‘Groundhog Day’  —  “Boys, I am going to bless this meal,” Rick Perry said, ducking his head and folding his hands under his chin.  We were sitting at Nate 'n Al, the Jewish Deli in Beverly Hills, and the governor of Texas was looking every bit the regular customer in a tight black polo shirt and designer glasses.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Publishing Source: Hillary Book a ‘Bomb’  —  In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book, Hard Choices, a memoir of her State Department years, a “bomb.”  The source is referring to the early but underwhelming sales figures.
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Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth.  That doesn't mean they want to pay it.  —  To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
The Economy May Be improving.  Worker Pay Isn't.  —  The latest economic data out Tuesday morning was generally good.  Home building activity rebounded nicely in May after weak results in April.  Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in May, such that inflation over the last year is now 2.1 percent …
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.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service  —  Starting internal tests of subscription service but faces accusation of ‘catastrophic error of judgement’  —  Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Jack White could disappear from YouTube “in a matter of days” …
Discussion: The Verge and Mashable
 
 
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Agence France-Presse:
Pope tells super rich, bankers to find some ethics
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Los Angeles Times:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady: Students shouldn't pick what they have for lunch
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GOP pol raises Obama impeachment
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