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9:15 AM ET, June 23, 2014

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Washington Post:
Iraqi military facing ‘psychological collapse’ after losses, desertions  —  Iraqis prepare to fight militants  —  After militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took Mosul and other Iraqi cities, the government issued a call for volunteers to join the army.  Many Iraqis answered.
Discussion: Guardian and Eschaton
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry in Baghdad to Urge Iraqis to Form New, Inclusive Government  —  BAGHDAD — Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Monday morning to urge the Iraqis to bridge their sectarian differences and form a new, inclusive government.  —  Mr. Kerry plans to meet …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
New York Times:
Iraq's Military Seen as Unlikely to Turn the Tide  —  BAGHDAD — As Iraqi Army forces try to rally on the outskirts of Baghdad after two weeks of retreat, it has become increasingly clear to Western officials that the army will continue to suffer losses in its fight with Sunni militants and will not soon retake the ground it has ceded.
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Kerry in Iraq to rally factions
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Hints That U.S. Would Support New Leader for Iraq
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Hillary Clinton Says She Isn't ‘Truly Well Off’  —  Hillary Clinton's multimillion dollar fortune has caused some negative headlines during the media tour for the release of her new book “Hard Choices,” which is widely seen as a prelude to a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Some Democrats fear Clinton's wealth and ‘imperial image’ could be damaging in 2016
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Sotomayor on Clinton and Costco
Discussion: CNN
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:   Hillary Clinton says she's unlike the ‘truly well off’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Conservatives and Climate Change  —  On Sunday Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an Op-Ed article about climate policy in The New York Times.  In the article, he declared that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our time,” …
Elliott Abrams / Politico:
The Man Who Broke the Middle East  —  There's always Tunisia.  Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story.  But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia's turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings.
Discussion: Instapundit
David Tovar / Walmart Corporate:
Fact Check: The New York Times “The Corporate Daddy”  —  We saw this article in The New York Times and couldn't overlook how wildly inaccurate it is, so we had some fun with it.  I hope you will too.  —  Here are the links we mentioned in our edits:  —  1. Associate story re …
Discussion: AEIdeas and The Daily Caller
Jedediah Purdy / The Daily Beast:
God Save the United States From This Anti-Democratic Court  —  Operating on elitism and mystique, America's highest court is increasingly a threat to our ideal of self-government—leading to an important debate about how to fix it.  —  Should a self-respecting democracy have a Supreme Court like ours …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
QUESTIONS MOUNT ABOUT EFFORT TO DRIVE DEMOCRAT VOTES FOR COCHRAN  —  CLEVELAND, Mississippi — “I still think the slaves should get their 40 acres and a mule,” LeeRoy Carter, a black preacher who's working to get out the vote among black Democrats for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) for the GOP primary runoff, told Breitbart News on Thursday.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Court Convicts 3 Al Jazeera Journalists  —  CAIRO — A judge on Monday convicted three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in Egypt.  —  Two of the journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison, and the third was given 10 years …
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Welcome to Dave Brat's America: Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Kill the Export-Import Bank  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL ECONOMY KEVIN MCCARTHY CORPORATE WELFARE CRONYISM EXPORT IMPORT BANK DAVE BRAT  —  House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Congress should let the Export-Import Bank expire …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
THE ABSOLUTIST … - ARCHIVE - WORLD CUP - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - ANDY BOROWITZ - JOHN CASSIDY - MARIA KONNIKOVA - RICHARD BRODY - SHOP
Discussion: Business Insider
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein To Death Has Been Executed By ISIS, Local Media Reports  —  Back in 2006, after the second US invasion of Iraq culminated if not with the discovery of the WMDs (which were the pretext for the invasion in the first place), but the unearthing (literally) …
 
 
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Guardian:
Polish foreign minister says country's alliance with US worthless
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Encouraging Family-Friendly Work Policies
Discussion: Politico
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
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Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
IDF strikes nine Syrian targets in response to missile attack
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