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4:05 PM ET, June 18, 2014

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Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
U.S. patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging  —  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team's name “disparaging to Native Americans.”
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ThinkProgress:
In Landmark Decision, U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark For Redskins Football Team  —  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark Registration
Discussion: Liberaland
Politico:
‘Redskins’ stripped of trademarks
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
The Collapsing Obama Doctrine  —  Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.  —  As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few …
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James Fallows / Reuters:
The Graciousness and Dignity of Richard B. Cheney  —  “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”  —  A few hours ago I said (sincerely) that a number of prominent officials who had set the stage for today's disaster in Iraq deserved respect …
Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Cheney rips Obama over foreign policy in op-ed
Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows Erosion in President's Support  —  As clouds gather abroad, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds Mr. Obama's job approval rating at 41%, matching a previous low.
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama's Foreign Policy Rating Plummets, Even Without Iraq  —  And respondents are evenly divided if the details of Bergdahl's disappearance from his base in Afghanistan matter in the U.S. decision to secure his release: 47 percent say the details matter, while 46 percent say they don't.
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Is Hillary Clinton Imploding?  —  Last week was a very, very bad week for Hillary Clinton.  —  By just about every account, her book is uninteresting and unreflective, a carefully contrived piece of positioning.  Yet instead of owning that, she insisted at an event that she was “done with being really careful about what to say.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and BuzzFeed
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Karl Rove: Bill Clinton revealed Hillary Clinton's health  —  Karl Rove is continuing to raise questions about Hillary Clinton's health and says Bill Clinton is the one who revealed new details about the extent of her lengthy recovery.  —  “She has a problem with the fact …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Politico's reporting disaster  —  Politico's media blogger, Dylan Byers, regularly supplies his readers with tidbits on comings and goings in the news business, but this week he provided an additional service: a lesson in the limitations of armchair journalism.
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare subsidies push cost of health law above projections  —  The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates.
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Federal insurance exchange subsidies cut premiums by average of 76%, HHS reports
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Iraqi premier Maliki gaining strength as Shiites rally behind him  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is tightening his hold on power in response to the catastrophe unfolding in Iraq, even as his critics blame his policies for causing the mayhem that is tearing the country apart.
Discussion: Power Line, Business Insider and CNN
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Lauren French / Politico:
John Boehner wants ‘overall’ Obama Iraq strategy
Discussion: CNN
BREITBART.COM:
TED CRUZ RESISTS CALLS TO CRITICIZE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES  —  Tuesday after CNN's town hall presentation with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “OutFront” host Erin Burnett had Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on to offer his reaction.  —  After talking briefly about the former secretary …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:   Ted Cruz says he'd never heard of Peter King
Max Fisher / Vox:
Israel's occupation of the West Bank is indefensible  —  JERUSALEM — There is a pleasant fiction in the United States and parts of Israel that the Israel-Palestine conflict exists in a sort of suspended animation, on pause and simply awaiting diplomatic resolution.
Discussion: The Dish
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Vox Explains: Israel Is The Worst
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Robert A. Moffitt / New York Times:
Cutting the Poor Out of Welfare  —  Over the past three decades, Congress has conducted a major experiment in anti-poverty policy.  Legislators have restructured benefits and tax breaks intended for the poor so that they penalize unmarried, unemployed parents — the modern day version of the “undeserving poor.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Adam Mann / Wired:
What's Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse  —  I grew up in Los Angeles, the city by the freeway by the sea.  And if there's one thing I've known ever since I could sit up in my car seat, it's that you should expect to run into traffic at any point of the day.
Discussion: Fox News and FrontBurner
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Tax Crusader Grover Norquist Endorses Renaming Redskins After Ronald Reagan  —  “A great idea.”  —  Chris Ritter/BuzzFeed/Greg Fiume / Getty Images  —  Washington, D.C., anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, who has been on a long campaign to name pretty much everything after Ronald Reagan …
Betsy Morais / New Yorker:
What Keeps You Up at Night  —  “Sleep is the most moronic fraternity in the world, with the heaviest dues and the crudest rituals,” Vladimir Nabokov writes in “Speak Memory.”  He goes on, “It is a mental torture I find debasing ... I simply cannot get used to the nightly betrayal of reason, humanity, genius.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Howard Fischer / Arizona Capitol Times:
Brewer: Arizona should consider anti-discrimination laws for gays
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Mark J. Perry / AEIdeas:
Another energy milestone for ‘Saudi Dakota’: Daily oil production surpasses one million barrels for the first time ever
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House: GOP Shutdown Threat Is All About Protecting ‘Big Polluters’
Discussion: msnbc.com and Booman Tribune
John Feehery / The Hill:
Picking GOP leadership
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The VA and the Obama administration's priorities.
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Julie Patel / The Center for Public Integrity …:
IRS chief promises stricter rules for ‘dark money’ nonprofit groups
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