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3:30 PM ET, June 10, 2014


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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
ABC News's Diane Sawyer destroys Hillary Rodham Clinton on Benghazi  —  A standard defense for Hillary Rodham Clinton when facing questions about Benghazi, Libya, has been to cite her commissioning of a report from the State Department's Accountability Review Board (ARB) …
Discussion: Power Line
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Book Signing Has Air of a Campaign Event  —  Andre Morales, a 36-year-old from Brooklyn, arrived before 3:00 a.m. Tuesday and planned to ask Hillary Rodham Clinton how it felt to work for President Obama after he had defeated her in the 2008 Democratic primary.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Mediaite
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Hillary Clinton Avoids Hard Choices in Hard Choices
Discussion: OnPolitics
Chris Good / ABC News:
The Hillary Clinton Interview: 21 Revealing Quotes
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Why Hillary Clinton Wouldn't Attack Palin ‘For Being A Woman’
Discussion: ABC News, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Clinton defends, clarifies debt remarks
CBS News:
How do Americans view the Bergdahl swap?  —  Shares -  —  Just over a week after U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban, a CBS News Poll shows 45% of Americans disapprove of the deal that saw him released in exchange for five Taliban militants, while 37% approve of it.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Hagel Made Final Call on Bergdahl Swap, Congress Told  —  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel - not President Obama - executed the administration's final call to proceed with the prisoner exchange of five ranking Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, administration officials told Congress today in a classified briefing today.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Obama Administration: Bergdahl Was Chuck Hagel's Call
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Pentagon: No ransom for Bergdahl
Washington Post:
Insurgents seize Iraqi city of Mosul as troops flee  —  BEIRUT — Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq's teetering stability.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
One Of The World's Scariest Terrorist Groups Now Controls Major City In Iraq  —  ISIS fighters in Fallujah, the first city the group captured  —  A terrorist group that al Qaeda has deemed too radical and unpredictable now controls the second largest city in Iraq as of Tuesday …
Student, shooter dead at Reynolds High School  —  TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A gunman and one Reynolds High School student are confirmed dead following a shooting inside the Troutdale school.  —  Law enforcement officials offered few other details concerning the shooting during a 10 a.m. media update …
Student, suspect killed at school
Discussion: The Daily Banter, WTVR-TV and Mashable
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Why Is the American Far Right More Violent Than the American Far Left?  —  Between September 11, 2001 and March 2014, right-wing extremists killed 34 people in America.  If you count the three Jewish community members Frazier Glenn Cross killed in Kansas City before screaming “Heil Hitler” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
How The Worst Political State In The Country Ruined The Republican Party's Best Hope  —  Nikki Haley was once seen as the GOP's brightest rising star — then she got sucked into her home state's notorious political cesspool.  Can she escape before 2016?  —  Chris Ritter
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New poll gives McDaniel 6-point lead in runoff — Rangel touts Bill Clinton endorsement on new mailer — Ernst up 5 in post-primary Vox Populi poll — Graham debates GOP challengers in S.C.  —  With help from Elizabeth Titus, Alex Isenstadt, James Hohmann and Tarini Parti
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Lindsey Graham's Tea Party Teflon
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Dems ratchet up push for expansion (yup) of Social Security  —  The idea has long remained outside the boundaries of acceptable Beltway discourse, but more and more Dems are coming around to it: Instead of getting drawn onto GOP austerity turf — into a debate …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Eschaton
New York Times:
Democrats See Winning Issue in Carbon Plan
Discussion: Reuters and ABC News
Washington Monthly:
The Big Lobotomy  —  Last September, as they scrambled to decide on one final ultimatum before shutting down the federal government, Republican House leaders came up with what seemed like an odd demand: to strip their own staff of health care benefits.  —  At the time, staffers reacted …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Gore at Southland: Snowden revealed far bigger violations than the one he committed  —  One of the most often-asked - and polled - questions in the whole debate about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is about his status.  Is he a traitor or a hero?  In the era of mass surveillance …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Latest Tea Party Piñata  —  About three weeks ago, Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation.  Hensarling is a Tea Party favorite.  His core view is that better government …
Discussion: National Review and The Mahablog
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: No Republican Can Win In 2016 If We Block Immigration Reform  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) warned Tuesday that if Republicans block immigration reform they'll lose the presidency in 2016 no matter who they nominate.  —  “I agree with Mr. [Tom] Donohue, the head of the Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy  —  BRUNSWICK, Me.  — For 40 years, evangelicals at Bowdoin College have gathered periodically to study the Bible together, to pray and to worship.  They are a tiny minority on the liberal arts college campus, but they have been a part …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Won't Call Las Vegas Shootings ‘Domestic Terrorism’
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
Summer Tv / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis Archbishop Carlson claims to be uncertain if he knew sexual abuse was a crime
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
This might be a first: A Seattle doctor is suspended for sexting during surgery
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Gawker and The Week
Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Ore. Senate Candidate Addresses Harassment Reports
 Earlier Items: 
More violence erupts near Pakistan's busiest airport; Taliban vows ‘full-out war’
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
New York Times:
More Voting Games in Ohio
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
‘Friendly Fire’ Strike Kills 5 Special Operations Soldiers in Afghanistan
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' gagging hypocrisy
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Regulators wreck Uber innovation: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside the Beltway
John Aloysius Farrell / Politico:
Yes, Nixon Scuttled the Vietnam Peace Talks