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6:00 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  —  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, canceled the trademark registration of the name Redskins for use in connection with a professional football team, saying that …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Liberaland
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Patent & Trademark Office cancels several Washington Redskins trademarks
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Politico:
‘Redskins’ stripped of trademarks
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.
Washington Examiner:
About that Wall Street Journal poll: Is the public saying Obama's presidency is over?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Althouse and CNN
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Hillary Clinton cannot let you hold a viewpoint about guns that is terrorizing the vast majority of Americans.  —  At yesterday's CNN Town Hall with Hillary Clinton, a Maryland teacher named Gail Santa Maria expressed concern about school shootings and asked whether “reinstating the ban …
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Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Is Hillary Clinton Imploding?
Kendall Breitman / Politico:   Karl Rove: Bill Clinton revealed Hillary Clinton's health
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.
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
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
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Jindal moves against Common Core  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued executive orders Wednesday to withdraw the state from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests, defying his state legislature, his superintendent of education and the business community …
Discussion: CNN, Hit & Run, Gawker and RedState
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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Bobby Jindal announces plans to get Louisiana out of Common Core
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Matthew Watkins / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas County commissioners unwittingly back slavery reparations  —  John Wiley Price's Price's resolution went beyond taking note of Juneteenth; it included a long list of injustices endured by blacks, from slavery to Jim Crow to predatory lending practices.
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: CNN, Firedoglake and Politico
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:   Ted Cruz says he'd never heard of Peter King
Lauren French / Politico:
John Boehner wants ‘overall’ Obama Iraq strategy  —  Speaker John Boehner wants the White House to outline a broad strategy to combat al Qaeda-affiliated extremists in Iraq during a meeting with the president and congressional leaders on Wednesday.  —  The Ohio Republican …
Discussion: CNN
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Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Iraqi premier Maliki gaining strength as Shiites rally behind him
Discussion: Power Line, Business Insider and CNN
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
People Invested $1 Million In An App That Just Says ‘Yo’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Week
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Obama to declare more of the Pacific off-limits
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Obama hails LGBT progress, but says work remains
Howard Fischer / Arizona Capitol Times:
Brewer: Arizona should consider anti-discrimination laws for gays
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and BuzzFeed
Mark J. Perry / AEIdeas:
Another energy milestone for ‘Saudi Dakota’: Daily oil production surpasses one million barrels for the first time ever
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Tax Crusader Grover Norquist Endorses Renaming Redskins After Ronald Reagan
Politico:
New ads hit AK-SEN, AR-GOV — Obama raises for super PACs — Clinton suits up — Polling wars rage
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and BuzzFeed
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House: GOP Shutdown Threat Is All About Protecting ‘Big Polluters’
Discussion: msnbc.com and Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The VA and the Obama administration's priorities.
Discussion: National Review
Julie Patel / The Center for Public Integrity …:
IRS chief promises stricter rules for ‘dark money’ nonprofit groups
Robert A. Moffitt / New York Times:
Cutting the Poor Out of Welfare
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Margaret Barthel / The Atlantic Online:
If Colleges Can't Handle Protests, Who Can?
Betsy Morais / New Yorker:
What Keeps You Up at Night  —  “Sleep is the most moronic fraternity …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Conundrum of a Unified Iraq and a Unified Syria