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10:15 AM ET, June 19, 2014

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Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Editor's note: Michael Gerson replaces George Will  —  Dear Post-Dispatch readers,  —  Starting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays.  —  Mr. Gerson, who grew up in St. Louis and still has family here, is a former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush.
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
How Hillary Clinton Is Trying to Have It Both Ways on the IRS Scandal  —  With an eye on the presidency in 2017, another Clinton is parsing words and pandering.  —  Did Hillary Clinton sell out President Obama on the IRS scandal?  I assumed so when BuzzFeed Politics posted this tweet:
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Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Is Hillary Clinton Imploding?
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Sources: Lois Lerner's emails likely gone forever  —  Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner's crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Reform Can't Wait  —  There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers.
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Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Reform Can't Wait  —  There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers.  —  When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank.  Not simply because I think he is an intelligent …
The Hill:
Obama to leaders: Iraq plan won't require congressional vote  —  President Obama is not close to seeking congressional authorization for airstrikes in Iraq.  —  After a White House meeting between Obama and the top four leaders in Congress, all sides involved signaled they want to leave options open …
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CNN:
Obama, Hill leaders meet  —  Washington (CNN) — I'll let you know what's going on, but I don't need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Hill:
GOP chooses leaders today  —  House Republicans will decide on Thursday whether to respond to the stunning defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) by adding a representative from a deep red state to their leadership team.  —  Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Cantor's Loss, Bigger Republican Contest Is on the Horizon
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cotton leads Pryor in internal poll  —  [READ POLLING MEMO.]  —  Cotton leads Pryor by 47 percent to 40 percent in the live-caller poll, conducted by OnMessageInc for Cotton's campaign.  —  Campaigns' internal polls should always be viewed with a bit of skepticism, as they're released …
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Public Faith in Congress Falls Again, Hits Historic Low  —  Of major U.S. institutions, Americans most confident in the military  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low.  Seven percent of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” …
Kathryn Joyce / American Prospect:
As sex-abuse allegations multiply, Billy Graham's grandson is on a mission to persuade Protestant churches to come clean.  —  I. The Calling  —  In November 2012, Bob Jones University, the longtime flagship institution of fundamentalism, announced it had hired GRACE (short for Godly Response …
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
First Lady Makes Pitch for Immigration Overhaul  —  Michelle Obama turned a flag-waving swearing-in ceremony for 50 new American citizens Wednesday into a platform to call for action on the long-bogged-down issue of immigration.  —  “In many ways, it is because of — not in spite of …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Washington Post:
Chaos in Iraq prompts soul-searching among military veterans  —  The sudden collapse of Iraqi forces in the face of lightly armed insurgents has catalyzed an emotional debate within the U.S. military about a war that, just a few years ago, seemed on the brink of going down in history as a success.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Young-adult group hits Landrieu in new ad: 'We can't afford that!'  —  Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit advocacy group with ties to billionaire donors Charles and David Koch that's geared toward young adults, is attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on economic issues in its second ad this cycle.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Redskins Get Their Trademark Yanked by Aggrieved White Liberals  —  The Washington Redskins have had their trademark yanked by the US Patent and Trademark Office because white liberals who feel guilty about their privilege were offended.  —  That is the actual fact.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Signals Iraq's Maliki Should Go  —  The Obama administration is indicating that it wants a new government in Iraq without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, convinced the Shiite leader is unable to reconcile with the nation's Sunni minority and stabilize a volatile political landscape.
Los Angeles Times:
American Apparel ousts CEO; source says Dov Charney ‘will fight like hell’  —  Dov Charney, the controversial CEO of American Apparel, was ousted Wednesday by the company's board of directors, who said the action “grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct.”
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April indicates that growth in economic activity has rebounded in recent months.  Labor market indicators generally showed further improvement.  The unemployment rate, though lower, remains elevated.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The IRS scandal shows the IRS needs a bigger budget  —  Over a year after a scandal involving IRS investigations into the tax status of conservative political non-profits, Congressional conservatives are still outraged.  On Tuesday June 17, Dave Camp (R-Michigan) — who chairs the House Ways …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
House budget punishes IRS with 15% cut, halts Obamacare enforcement
Discussion: Moe Lane and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Hillary Interview Ratings Underwhelm on CNN and Fox
Steve Crabtree / Gallup:
Obesity Linked to Long-Term Unemployment in U.S.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BLM Secession  —  Fresh on the heels of the shooting …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Will Afghanistan be Iraq redux?
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
New York Times:
Candidate's Protest Clouds Afghan Vote-Counting for President
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Glenn Beck admits: Liberals got Iraq right
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For Thad Cochran, a Brett Favre ad blitz
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ThinkProgress:
People Invested $1 Million In An App That Just Says ‘Yo’
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What's Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse
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