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11:15 PM ET, June 12, 2014

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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.
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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 …
Daily Mail:
ABU DUA: IMPRISONED BY THE US, THE MAN WHO HATES THE WEST MORE THAN OSAMA BIN LADEN AND IS THE DRIVING FORCE BY ISIS
Discussion: TalkLeft and Riehl World News
Reuters:
Obama warns of U.S. action as jihadists push on Baghdad
Discussion: Mediaite
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Repent or die: al-Qaeda forces announce rules for Iraqi territory they now control
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Tim / America Rising:
Hillary Clinton Snaps At Radio Host In Defensive, Testy Gay Marriage Interview  —  In an interview this afternoon on NPR, Hillary Clinton gets testy and defensive about her and her husband's gay marriage record.  —  After 6 minutes of questioning, Clinton attacks host Terry Gross for pressing …
NPR:
Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview … Hillary Clinton is on a national book tour for her new memoir, Hard Choices.  The book outlines her four years as secretary of state during President Obama's first term, when she met with leaders all over the world.
Discussion: Fox News and Althouse
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Anarchy in the GOP: The End of Authority in the Republican Party  —  The big message from Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss isn't about immigration or the Tea Party.  It's about the unprecedented crisis of authority in today's GOP.  —  Think about it.  Cantor's boss, John Boehner is …
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David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back?  —  Eric Cantor tried to appease Republican radicals.  They turned on him anyway.  —  John Boehner has tried to resist them.  They just overwhelmed him.  —  Mitt Romney tried to join them—and in doing so fastened onto his party the platform that lost the presidential election of 2012.
Norm Ornstein / NY Daily News:
With Cantor's implosion and Brat's rise, get ready for an even more extreme Republican Party
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.
Politico:
Pete Sessions exits leadership race  —  Texas Rep. Pete Sessions has dropped out of the race for House majority leader, leaving Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the lone declared candidate.  —  “After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision …
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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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Miles O'Brien / New York Magazine:
Life, After  —  An accident in February cost the TV reporter Miles O'Brien his left arm.  He soon discovered that every movement, no matter how small, requires rethinking.  —  Denial is powerful.  It can be a crucial coping tool when experiencing loss or trauma, but it also can unmoor you from reality.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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:
Rick Perry shares the love with California, Hillary Clinton
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: Power Line, Politico, Hot Air and Gallup
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
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 …
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.
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Politico:
GOP on Iraq: We told you so  —  Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama's entire national security team should resign over the resurgence of Islamic militants in Iraq.  —  “Everybody in his national security team, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff …
Benjamin Weingarten / TheBlaze.com:
A sneak peek at Dana Loesch's new book, which will likely drive the left crazy  —  Blaze TV host Dana Loesch has a new book coming out in October that Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun allies are likely not going to be fans of.  —  Loesch's publisher recently released the provocative cover …
Discussion: Instapundit
Alan Duke / CNN:
Screen, stage legend Ruby Dee dead at 91  —  People we lost in 2014  —  (CNN) — Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died.  She was 91.  —  Dee died peacefully at her New Rochelle, New York, home on Wednesday, according to her representative, Michael Livingston.
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Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Ruby Dee, a Ringing Voice for Civil Rights, Onstage and Off, Dies at 91
Discussion: Philly.com
 
 
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NBC News:
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