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3:25 PM ET, June 12, 2014

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Norm Ornstein / NY Daily News:
With Cantor's implosion and Brat's rise, get ready for an even more extreme Republican Party  —  The fight in today's GOP is now between hardline conservatives and radical nihilists  —  There are three key questions to ask and answer about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat Tuesday night.
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David Brat / Salon:
Libertarians' scary, new guru: Why Dave Brat is no populist hero  —  Some on the left may see a kindred spirit — but here's why the man who beat Eric Cantor is anything but  —  Both the left and the right have found reasons to celebrate the upset of Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Tuesday's Virginia primary.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
After Primary Upset, G.O.P. Fears Infighting Will Take a Toll  —  WASHINGTON — The sudden and decisive fall of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, at the hands of a conservative primary opponent tore open divisions among Republicans on Wednesday, setting off a new wave of fear …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Hensarling opts out of GOP race
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What Cantor's Loss and Graham's Win Mean
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 …
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
New York Times:
U.S. Said to Rebuff Iraqi Request to Strike 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.
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Washington Post:
Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance; Kurds seize Kirkuk  —  IRBIL, Iraq — Iraq was on the brink of disintegration Thursday as al-Qaeda-inspired fighters swept through northern Iraq toward Baghdad and Kurdish soldiers seized the city of Kirkuk without a fight.
Discussion: PandoDaily, Hot Air, RedState and Guardian
Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
In Extremists' Iraq Rise, America's Legacy
Discussion: Politico, Guardian and New York Times
Fazel Hawramy / Guardian:
Iraq army capitulates to Isis militants in four cities
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Political Polarization in the American Public  —  How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life  —  Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines - and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive - than at any point in the last two decades.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Polarization Is Dividing American Society, Not Just Politics
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Political Polarization in the American Public
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday  —  Programming note: CNN will air “41ON41,” a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, Sunday at 9 and 11 p.m. ET  —  (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush Thursday celebrated …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Bush 43 now on par with Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - My, how the times have changed.  —  In January 2009, as President George W. Bush was days away from leaving the White House, the unpopular President's favorable rating stood at 35% in a CNN/ORC International survey.
Discussion: Politico and Gallup
Associated Press:
90-YEAR-OLD EX-PRESIDENT TO MAKE PARACHUTE JUMP
Discussion: Business Insider
Elon Musk / Tesla Motors:
All Our Patent Are Belong To You  —  Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters.  That is no longer the case.  They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Christopher Ketcham / The New Republic:
The Troubling Case of Chris Hedges  —  Pulitzer winner.  Lefty hero.  Plagiarist.  —  In early 2010, the editors at Harper's Magazine began reviewing a lengthy manuscript submitted by Chris Hedges, a former New York Times reporter.  In the piece, Hedges had turned his eye to Camden …
NBC News:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Heading Back to U.S.  —  Two senior defense officials say the freed Taliban prisoner will arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio sometime after midnight.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Tennessee Democratic Congressman Is Looking Everywhere For Hillary Clinton  —  “Does anyone have a good phone number” for the former secretary of state?  Staff for Rep. Steve Cohen are asking every Democrat on Capitol Hill.  Update: Cohen's office says the email is run-of-the-mill.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Meghan Daum / Los Angeles Times:
Column Hillary Clinton's money trouble
Discussion: NewsBusters
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran has deployed Revolutionary Guard forces to fight al Qaeda-inspired militants in Iraq, Iranian security sources said  —  Iran has deployed Revolutionary Guard forces to fight al Qaeda-inspired militants that have overrun a string of Iraqi cities and has helped Iraqi troops win back control …
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Repent or die: al-Qaeda forces announce rules for Iraqi territory they now control  —  ISIS, the al-Qaeda group that has swept through northern Iraq, releases list of rules that citizens must live by: including ‘repent or die’  —  The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has set out a list …
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Richard Fernandez / Belmont Club:
The Day of Reckoning  —  Ernest Hemingway observed …
ThinkProgress:
Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School  —  A housing unit at the Berks County Jail where Eileen DeNino died.  —  CREDIT: Berks County, PA  —  A mother of seven died in a Pennsylvania jail over the weekend while serving a two-day sentence.
Discussion: Associated Press and Reading Eagle
 
 
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Art Swift / Gallup:
Solid Majority of Americans Closely Following VA Scandal
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Vindu Goel / New York Times:
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Senators Torch George Will For ‘Ancient Beliefs About The Realities Of Sexual Assault’
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How the realities of biology complicate the “personhood movement.”
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Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Hit & Run and Instapundit
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U.S. Economic Recovery Looks Distant as Growth Lingers
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Five Major Cases The Supreme Court Will Decide This Month
Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi Drama Catches U.S. Off Guard
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