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7:10 AM ET, June 14, 2014


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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 …
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.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Blame Obama First  —  On June 12, as al Qaeda forces marched …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's remarks on the crisis in Iraq
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. won't intervene in Iraq in absence of political reform by Iraqis, Obama says
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 produce Lois Lerner's emails to and from the White House and other administration departments due to a supposed computer crash.  —  The IRS previously agreed to hand over all of the ex-IRS official's emails from 2009 to 2011 …
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?
Discussion: New York Times and
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran
Discussion: Washington Post
Police: Waffle House employee shoots, kills customer  —  FULTON COUNTY, Ga. —  Police say a Waffle House cook shot and killed a customer after an argument Friday morning.  —  Officers said they were called to the restaurant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Shirley Drive just after 4:30 a.m.
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.
Todd Richmond / Minneapolis Star Tribune:   Wisconsin attorney general: Prosecutors could charge clerks for issuing gay marriage licenses
ABC News:
House GOP Conservative in Long-Shot Leadership Bid
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
The fall of teachers unions  —  As the two big national teachers unions prepare for their conventions this summer, they are struggling to navigate one of the most tumultuous moments in their history.  —  Long among the most powerful forces in American politics, the unions are contending …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: ‘Liberating’ to speak my mind  —  Hillary Clinton said Friday that she's “totally done” curbing her speech for political reasons and finds her new perspective “liberating,” following a week of bruising headlines over missteps in her first round of interviews to promote her new book.
Discussion: CNN
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Alex Jones & Larry Pratt: Obama Training Military To Attack Tea Party  —  Conspiracy nut Alex Jones says the Obama administration has been hot on the heels of the Tea Party movement and will use tanks, drones and everything else to mount an attack on them.  —  Ever since the Bush administration …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
Here's The Shocking Way Google Uses ‘Bigotry’ In A Sentence  —  Google has an odd way of looking at “bigotry.”  —  When you punch in the word “bigotry” into the Google search engine, here's what you'll find.  —  Interesting.  Why is “right-wing” a correlation to bigotry?
Juliet Williams / Associated Press:
Christie Disagrees With Perry on Gay Comparison  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denouncing comments by fellow Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in which people can choose to change their behavior.  —  Perry said earlier this week in San Francisco …
Discussion: CNN
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
After hours of strife, lawmakers pass budget without Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Russia Sent Tanks to Separatists in Ukraine, U.S. Says
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Feds To Lift Ban On Federal Employee Insurance Coverage Of Sex-Reassignment Surgery
Discussion: Washington Blade and Metro Weekly
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