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Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS chief defiant on Lois Lerner email loss  —  A defiant IRS Commissioner on Friday refused to apologize for the loss of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner's emails, and said the agency produced what they could, at a combative hearing marked by accusations by Republicans of IRS deceit.
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David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Republicans, at Hearing on Lost Emails, Accuse I.R.S. Chief of Lying
Discussion: Power Line
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   White House notified of missing IRS e-mail 6 weeks before Congress?
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
White House Learned of Lerner's Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Hillary's People  —  The facts are these.  In 1975, before she married Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham defended a child rapist in Arkansas court.  She was not a public defender.  No one ordered her to take the case.  An ambitious young lawyer, she was asked by a friend if she would represent the accused, and she agreed.
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Hillary Clinton Took Me Through Hell,’ Rape Victim Says  —  The woman at the center of the scandal over Hillary Clinton's defense of an alleged child rapist speaks out in depth for the first time.  —  Hillary Clinton is known as a champion of women and girls …
Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman bill allows taxpayers to use same lame excuses as IRS  —  WASHINGTON — Taxpayers who do not produce documents for the Internal Revenue Service will be able to offer a variety of dubious excuses under legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) a week after the IRS offered …
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Economist:
A dog ate my e-mails
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum Explains Why Ronald Reagan Would Be ‘Appalled’ By Today's GOP  —  “Rick Santorum Explains Why Ronald Reagan Would Be ‘Appalled’ By Today's GOP” Share:  —  Rick Santorum appeared to make the case for greater government involvement during a speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition on Friday …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
M.E. Synon / BREITBART.COM:
RISE IN FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, INSPECTORS FIND ENTIRE SCHOOL CLASSES VICTIMS  —  School health services in the small Swedish city of Norrköping have found 60 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) among schoolgirls since March, with evidence of mutilation found in all 30 girls in one class, 28 of the most severe form.
Discussion: Allen B. West and Vox Popoli
Dana Ford / CNN:
Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage  —  The Rev. Tony Larsen and his partner, Craig Matheus, are refused a marriage license by Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen, right, in the clerk's office in Racine, Wisconsin, on Friday, June 13.  The county does not grant marriage licenses …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Boing Boing
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IC ON THE RECORD:
Joint Statement From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice on the Declassification of Renewal of Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act  —  June 20, 2014  —  Earlier this year in a speech at the Department of Justice …
Discussion: Politico
Simon Maloy / Salon:
GOP's sudden scandal-mania: Why criminal probes and infighting are taking over the party  —  From Walker and Christie's falls from grace, to revived Tea Party hostility, here's why the party is coming apart  —  It's fashionable right now to talk about the premature end of Barack Obama's presidency.
Discussion: ABC News and Wall Street Journal
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Tim Alberta / NationalJournal.com:
Jeb Hensarling Sees ‘Green Light’ to Run for Leadership in November
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor's Defeat  —  On May 30, 11 days before one of the biggest upsets in modern American politics blocked Majority Leader Eric Cantor's path to speaker of the House, one of his top aides emailed me in an unusually defensive tone.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The New Map of the Middle East  —  So as I was saying....  First, a bit of housekeeping.  I'm back at The Atlantic full-time.  I'm going to be working mainly on stories for the magazine (I'm thinking of writing something on the case for reparations, for instance), but I'll …
Discussion: The Dish and New York Times
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Royalties and Teaching Help Fill Bank Accounts of Justices, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — Financial disclosure reports released by the Supreme Court on Friday showed that book royalties continued to fill the bank accounts of certain justices, while most bolstered their incomes with teaching assignments.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Shadowy Obama Megadonor Indicted On Fraud And Manslaughter Charges  —  A California grand jury has indicted Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and 15 of Ahmed's associates in an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance kickback scheme.
New York Times:
U.S. Moves to Stop Surge in Illegal Immigration  —  McALLEN, Tex. — White House officials, saying that misinformation about administration policies helped drive a surge of illegal migrants from Central America across the South Texas border, on Friday announced plans to detain …
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
US should launch targeted military strikes on ‘terrorist army’ Isis, says General David Petraeus
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ethics panel: Don Young misused funds
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Abdication has a price  —  Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda …
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