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12:05 PM ET, June 17, 2014

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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Iraq poll: President Obama backed over John McCain  —  More Americans agree with President Barack Obama's views on Iraq than those of Sen. John McCain, a new poll says.  —  According to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday, 54 percent of voters say they agree more with the president on Iraq …
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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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain, Lindsey Graham split on Iran
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and BuzzFeed
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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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
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
Discussion: Politico
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: The Raw Story and Liberaland
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Barack Obama golfs while the Middle East burns  —  Last weekend Barack Obama played his 175th and 176th rounds of golf as president.  He played first at Sunnylands, the famously private course on the Rancho Mirage, California estate of the late billionaire Walter Annenberg.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Hot Air
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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.
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” …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Rand Paul: How to end the NSA dragnet  —  One year ago this month, Americans learned that their government was engaged in secret dragnet surveillance, which contradicted years of assurances to the contrary from senior government officials and intelligence leaders.
Discussion: The Hill and Hit & Run
 
 
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BBC:
UK to re-open Iran embassy says Hague
Discussion: National Review
Manu Raju / Politico:
Tom Cotton's message to voters: I'm no grinch
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back
Curtis Skinner / Reuters:
N.Y. lawmaker aims to give voting rights to illegal immigrants
New York Times:
Immigrant Children Need Safety, Shelter and Lawyers
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady: Students shouldn't pick what they have for lunch
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
GOP pol raises Obama impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post and BuzzFeed
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
WH to honor young illegal immigrants
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Politico:
Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight
Discussion: Washington Post and BillMoyers.com
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Court Rulings on Voter Restrictions Create Limbo as Midterms Near