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7:05 PM ET, June 13, 2014


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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
McCain Iraq interview gets heated  —  Sen. John McCain continued his blistering attack on President Barack Obama's handling of Iraq on Friday, again calling for his entire national security team to be replaced and saying his decisions have been very costly.  —  “The president wanted …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
On Iraq, let's ignore those who got it all wrong  —  At noon today, President Obama issued his first statement on the deteriorating situation on Iraq.  “This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge,” he said.  “The United States will do our part, but understand that ultimately it's …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Who lost Iraq?  The Iraqis did, with an assist from George W. Bush  —  It is becoming increasingly likely that Iraq has reached a turning point.  The forces hostile to the government have grown stronger, better equipped and more organized.  And having now secured arms …
Obama: ‘We will not be sending U.S. troops to Iraq’  —  [Adds breaking news update 12:05 p.m.]  —  President Barack Obama said Friday that the United States “will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq,” but that he would be reviewing a range of other options to support …
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Exclusive: Alarmed by Iraq, Iran open to shared role with U.S. - Iran official  —  (Reuters) - Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.
Washington Post:
Volunteers flock to defend Baghdad as insurgents seize more Iraqi territory  —  IRBIL, Iraq — Shiite clerics called on Iraqi civilians Friday to take up arms against advancing Sunni insurgents inspired by al-Qaeda, drawing the battle lines for a major sectarian confrontation in the fracturing state.
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's remarks on the crisis in Iraq
Washington Post:
Obama says he will not send troops to Iraq but is considering ‘other options’
Iran sends forces to Iraq as ISIS militants press forward, official says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Reihan Salam / Slate:
We Never Should Have Left Iraq
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Obama ‘urgently’ considering air assault on targets in Syria and Iraq
New York Times:
Iraqi Shiite Cleric Issues Call to Arms Against Sunni Militants
Discussion: Gawker and Outside the Beltway
Fazel Hawramy / Guardian:
Kurdish peshmerga seize a chaotic victory in Kirkuk
Discussion: Business Insider, The Dish and RedState
Brian Umana / Washington Post:
I'm a Democrat and I helped the tea party unseat Eric Cantor  —  People are baffled today that Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, lost his job when he lost his GOP primary Tuesday night.  A common refrain is, how could this have happened?  (Sample headline: “Why Did Cantor Lose?
Kyle Rothenberg / Fox News:
Cochran campaign says senator just joking when claimed ignorance of Cantor loss  —  Two days after Eric Cantor's primary loss received national attention, Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran — who's caught in a tight primary race of his own — said he had no idea what happened in Virginia …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
THAD COCHRAN: I GREW UP DOING ‘ALL KINDS OF INDECENT THINGS WITH ANIMALS’  —  Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) provided his latest head-scratching comment in public, this time joking he engaged in illicit activities with animals as a child.  —  “[We'd] get back [to the Pine Belt-Hattiesburg area of Mississippi] …
New York Times:
David Brat and Jack Trammell show unease in the spotlight  —  ASHLAND, Va. — Before the two professors became overnight political rivals in one of the most improbable, high-profile races in memory, they knew each other best as basketball teammates.  —  David Brat, the economics professor …
IRS Claims to Have Lost Over 2 Years of Lerner Emails  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 - April 2011.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claimed Friday that it cannot …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC  —  Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the agreement told POLITICO.  —  Clinton, who joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” …
ABC News:
House GOP Conservative in Long-Shot Leadership Bid
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Scott Walker declines to define stand on gay marriage today  —  For years, Gov. Scott Walker has been a rock-solid proponent of traditional marriage between one man and one woman.  —  As Milwaukee County executive, he opposed efforts to provide health care benefits to the gay partners of county employees.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton's Gay-Marriage Problem  —  Until 2013, she held a position that lots of Democratic voters now regard as deeply wrongheaded.  Some even insist that it is hateful and bigoted.  —  Hillary Clinton didn't refrain from supporting same-sex marriage for political reasons-prior to last year …
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