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2:50 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: 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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Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Cheney rips Obama over foreign policy in op-ed
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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 Topaz / Politico:   Ted Cruz says he'd never heard of Peter King
BREITBART.COM:
TED CRUZ RESISTS CALLS TO CRITICIZE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
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 …
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Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Is Hillary Clinton Imploding?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and BuzzFeed
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Extremists Said to Take Control of Iraq's Biggest Oil Refinery  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's biggest oil refinery fell to Islamic extremists Wednesday morning, after army helicopter gunships failed to beat back an attack on the facility 130 miles north of Baghdad, according to refinery workers …
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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
Lauren French / Politico:
John Boehner wants ‘overall’ Obama Iraq strategy
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Obama Is Said to Consider Selective Airstrikes on Sunni Militants
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Politico
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
Discussion: Forbes, ACASignups.net and Daily Kos
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House: GOP Shutdown Threat Is All About Protecting ‘Big Polluters’  —  The White House fired a warning shot to Republican senators on Wednesday after several of them expressed interest in using a must-pass government funding bill to block the Obama administration's environmental regulations.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Booman Tribune
Politico:
New ads hit AK-SEN, AR-GOV — Obama raises for super PACs — Clinton suits up — Polling wars rage  —  With Tarini Parti, Manu Raju and Steven Shepard  —  The following newsletter is an abridged version of Campaign Pro's Morning Score.  For an earlier morning read on exponentially more races …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Washington Post
Julie Patel / The Center for Public Integrity …:
IRS chief promises stricter rules for ‘dark money’ nonprofit groups  —  Expect new round of proposed regulations during early 2015  —  The Internal Revenue Service will propose new and specific rules defining how much money “social welfare” nonprofits may spend on political campaigns …
 
 
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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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Tax Crusader Grover Norquist Endorses Renaming Redskins After Ronald Reagan
John Feehery / The Hill:
Picking GOP leadership
Discussion: Washington Post
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The VA and the Obama administration's priorities.
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Margaret Barthel / The Atlantic Online:
If Colleges Can't Handle Protests, Who Can?
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pennsylvania GOP struggles to wield clout in leadership race
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
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