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5:45 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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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.
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.
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
Discussion: Washington Post and Belmont Club
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
Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
In Extremists' Iraq Rise, America's Legacy
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.
Discussion: Althouse, Fox News and Taylor Marsh
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.
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 …
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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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.
 
 
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Benjamin Weingarten / TheBlaze.com:
A sneak peek at Dana Loesch's new book, which will likely drive the left crazy
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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
Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
Travis County prosecutor fired over remarks about juror
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Art Swift / Gallup:
Solid Majority of Americans Closely Following VA Scandal
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and Politico
NBC News:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Heading Back to U.S.
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Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Facebook to Let Users Alter Their Ad Profiles
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