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7:50 AM ET, June 13, 2014

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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 … Marauding ISIS militia beheading their way to Baghdad: How jihadist group so extreme even al-Qaeda has distanced itself threatens to take Iraq three years after America left
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Shane Harris / Foreign Policy:
Jihadist Gains in Iraq Blindside American Spies  —  First Crimea, now Iraq.  Why does America's $50 billion intelligence community keep getting taken by surprise?  —  GOOGLE +
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0 And U.S. Drones Won't Solve The Problem  —  U.S. drones and fighters won't solve the problem: The problem is the Iraqi government.  —  When the jihadis took over the city of Mosul and began their march towards Baghdad, Washington was of course shocked.
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.
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 …
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
How effective is Isis compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox
Politico:
GOP on Iraq: We told you so
Economist:
Two Arab countries fall apart
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
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 …
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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.
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Odds With Congress: Bad to Worse  —  WASHINGTON — One day in April, President Obama called Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, to wish him a happy Passover.  However the call started, it went downhill from there.  By day's end, both sides were arguing …
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back?
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.
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.
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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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
The U.S. spent $3 million on boats for landlocked Afghanistan  —  The United States spent more than $3 million on eight patrol boats for the Afghan police, according to an internal audit released Thursday.  —  That sentence is surprising for a few reasons:  —  1. Afghanistan is landlocked.
Discussion: Fox News
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Benjamin Weingarten / TheBlaze.com:
A sneak peek at Dana Loesch's new book, which will likely drive the left crazy
Discussion: Instapundit
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Ruby Dee, a Ringing Voice for Civil Rights, Onstage and Off, Dies at 91
Discussion: Philly.com
Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
Travis County prosecutor fired over remarks about juror
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
NBC News:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Heading Back to U.S.
Discussion: Guardian, Gawker, CNN, NPR and National Review
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Bush 43 now on par with Obama
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Why Eric Cantor chose Bobby Van's
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Week and Newsday