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7:40 AM ET, June 12, 2014


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Kevin McCarthy makes his move  —  On June 19, Kevin McCarthy was scheduled to headline a birthday fundraiser for his friend Eric Cantor on the rooftop of 101 Constitution, a swank office building with sweeping views of the Capitol.  —  Instead, that day will be all about McCarthy.
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
David R. Baker / San Francisco Chronicle:
In S.F., Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking in San Francisco on Wednesday night, said the U.S. would better serve its diverse population by letting the states handle many economic and social policies, a point he perhaps inadvertently drove home …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Reformers fear death of immigration bill  —  Some of Congress's most fervent immigration reformers say their legislative push is likely dead after Tuesday's staggering primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  —  While some Democratic leaders put on a brave public face …
Discussion: Politico
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What Cantor's Loss and Graham's Win Mean
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House: Cantor's Problem Was Cantor, Not Immigration
Discussion: Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Maybe Eric Cantor Didn't Lose Because of Immigration Reform After All
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Why Cantor's loss is especially bad news for big business
New York Times:
Iraq Said to Seek U.S. Strikes on Militants  —  WASHINGTON — As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials.
Iraq crisis: Militants ‘seize Tikrit’ after taking Mosul  —  Paul Wood: “The speed of the jihadis advance has shocked the Iraqi government and its western allies”  —  Islamist insurgents in Iraq have seized the city of Tikrit, their second major gain after capturing Mosul on Tuesday, security officials say.
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Iraq crisis: al-Qaeda forces seize Mosul and Tikrit - as it happened  —  US and UK speak of deep concern as al-Qaeda take swathes of northern Iraq, sparking a mass exodus of civilians - follow latest developments  —  22.25 We're going to leave it there for tonight.  Please check our Iraq page for the latest.
Fazel Hawramy / Guardian:
Iraq army capitulates to Isis militants in four cities  —  Half a million people on the move after gunmen seize four cities and pillage army bases and banks  —  Martin Chulov and Fazel Hawramy in Irbil  —  Iraq is facing its gravest test since the US-led invasion more than a decade ago …
Agence France-Presse:   Jihadists ‘bulldoze berm’ dividing Iraq from Syria
Garance Franke-Ruta / Yahoo! News:
David Brat campaign manager scrubs Facebook page after election  —  The campaign manager for the tea party-backed Republican who ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in one of the biggest upsets in congressional history is a 23-year-old class of 2013 Haverford College graduate who posted …
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
David Brat to Bernanke: Don't Underestimate the Value of Protestants
Discussion: Daily Kos
ABC News:
Solar Flares Disrupt Communications on Earth, Could Send Shockwave on Friday the 13th  —  The sun has had three major solar flares on its surface in the past two days that have affected communications on Earth and could send a shockwave through Earth this Friday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Oklahoma GOP Candidate OK With Stoning Gay People To Death  —  A Republican candidate for the Oklahoma state House who boasts that he's looking forward to “applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law” is okay with gay people being stoned to death — even if he won't legislate the practice himself.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Mediaite and The Week
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Oklahoma Tea Party Candidate Supports Stoning Gay People to Death
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Bergdahl's writings reveal a fragile young man  —  Before he became a Taliban prisoner, before he wrote in his journal “I am the lone wolf of deadly nothingness,” before he ever joined the Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard for psychological reasons …
Yahoo! News:
Bergdahl Was Discharged from the Coast Guard for Psychological Reasons Before He Joined the Army
Discussion: Washington Post
Fox News:
US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders  —  Sept. 11, 2012: The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a terrorist attack.Reuters  —  The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11 …
Ron Fournier /
Elites Beware: Eric Cantor's Defeat May Signal a Populist Revolution  —  Democrats and Republicans need to ask themselves:'What side of the barricades am I on?'  —  WEST CHESTER, Pa.—Expecting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to win his GOP primary in Virginia, I spent Election Day in Pennsylvania …
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
A Missouri Juror Tries To Save Man She Helped Send to Death Row  —  Americans are generally supportive of the death penalty, although slightly less now than 20 years ago.  But capital juries are especially partial to the death penalty, largely by design: only people who support capital punishment are allowed to serve on them.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Two Activists in Mormon Church Threatened With Excommunication  —  Two Mormons who have gained national attention for pushing their church to ordain women to the priesthood and to accept openly gay members have been notified this week that they face excommunication for apostasy.
Discussion: The Week and Deseret News
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Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
A Few Scattered and Preliminary Notes on Comparative Economic Theology: Wednesday Focus: June 11, 2014
Discussion: LARS P. SYLL and New York Times
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Biden: We need ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants
Discussion: National Review
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Holds up Technical School as Model for US
Discussion: CNN
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Gohmert Uses House Hearing To Debate Whether Non-Christians ‘Go To Hell’ (VIDEO)
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 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren student loan bill stalls
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Creationist asks ‘hard question’: ‘If evolution is true, is rape wrong?’
Discussion: Mediaite and Shakesville
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
What It's Like To Be One Of The Only Female Construction Workers In America
Discussion: and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama is a prisoner of groupthink