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2:10 PM ET, June 16, 2014


 Top Items: 
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What to Do in Iraq  —  It's widely agreed that the collapse of Iraq would be a disaster for American interests and security in the Middle East and around the world.  It also seems to be widely assumed either that there's nothing we can now do to avert that disaster, or that our best bet is supporting Iran against al Qaeda.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, ABC News and Hot Air
Frederick Kagan / NY Daily News:
Put out this fire  —  Why the U.S. must step up to stop Iraq from falling to radical jihadist terrorists  —  Iraq is burning, and the United States of America is watching.  —  The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, a radical Islamist group more commonly called ISIS, has made good its name.
Discussion: The Dish, Washington Post and alicublog
U.S. considers action with Iran against Iraq insurgent onslaught
The Hill:
Is Obama done with Washington?  —  Is President Obama done with Washington?  —  The 44th president has never been the capital's biggest fan, but his frustration with life in D.C. is bubbling to the surface in ways both casual and substantive.  —  The president twice went for unscheduled walkabouts …
Ashton Davis /
Political Animal Declares, “Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts!”
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton tops Obama on every issue
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker  —  A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star  —  In early August of 2011, a few days after Congress passed a deal to end the debt-ceiling showdown that brought the nation to the brink of credit default …
Obama Administration Announces Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees Of Federal Contractors  —  The White House is expected to announce Monday that President Obama will issue an executive order requiring that all companies who contract with the federal government must not discriminate …
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   White House To Proceed With Federal Contractor LGBT Executive Order
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Key Midterm Election Indicators at or Near Historical Lows  —  Approval of Congress at 16%; national satisfaction at 23%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The election environment for congressional incumbents in 2014 will be challenging, with several key public opinion indicators as negative or nearly …
Chelsea Manning / New York Times:
Chelsea Manning on the U.S. Military and Media Freedom  —  FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.  I'm now serving a sentence of 35 years in prison for these unauthorized disclosures.
New York Times:
Militants Claim Mass Execution of Iraqi Forces
New York Times:
Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Fox News and The Week
The Wrap:
Malia Obama Works on Set of Halle Berry's ‘Extant’ During Pilot Reshoots (Exclusive)  —  The first daughter was spotted working as a production assistant, an insider tells TheWrap  —  President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's oldest daughter Malia could be setting her sights on Hollywood.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Inside TV
Leslie Larson / NY Daily News:
Malia Obama working as production assistant on Halle Berry's ‘Extant’: report
Discussion: Althouse
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CNBC Anchor Confronts Rick Perry About Remark Comparing Gays To Alcoholics (VIDEO)  —  A CNBC anchor pressed Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Monday to explain his remark that compared being gay to being an alcoholic.  —  “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not …
New York Times:
Population Shifts Turning All Politics National  —  SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — When William E. Davis was growing up here in DeSoto County, just across the state line from Memphis, there were more than 300 dairy farms, and he was raised on one of them.  —  “Now there are zero,” said Mr. Davis, 66 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care and Climate: President Obama's Big Deals  —  Several times in recent weeks I've found myself in conversations with liberals who shake their heads sadly and express their disappointment with President Obama.  Why?  I suspect that they're being influenced, often without realizing it, by the prevailing media narrative.
Alex Mitchell /
Tense encounter between open-carry advocate and Kalamazoo police detailed in recordings, reports  —  KALAMAZOO, MI — Police reports and recordings of a sometimes tense 40-minute encounter with a belligerent, rifle-toting man offers insight into how officers tried to diffuse …
Associated Press:
SCOTUS Rules On ‘Straw Purchaser’ Gun Law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says federal law does not allow a “straw” purchaser to buy a gun for someone else, even if both are legally eligible to own firearms.  —  The justices ruled Monday that the federal background check law applied …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
The Hillary Tapes  —  Newly discovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton from the early 1980s include the former first lady's frank and detailed assessment of the most significant criminal case of her legal career: defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.
Jacques Leslie / New York Times:
A Piketty Protégé's Theory on Tax Havens  —  GABRIEL ZUCMAN is a 27-year-old French economist who decided to solve a puzzle: Why do international balance sheets each year show more liabilities than assets, as if the world is in debt to itself?  —  Over the last couple of decades …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Dean Baquet, Top Times Editor, Has Tumor Removed  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday and will spend about a week away from the office while recovering, he said in an email to the newspaper's staff on Monday morning.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
V.A. Punished Critics on Staff, Doctors Assert
Discussion: Hot Air
Howard Dean / Politico:
What Democrats Can Learn From Cantor's Loss
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Thousands to Be Questioned on Eligibility for Health Insurance Subsidies
Discussion: and Hot Air
L. Paul Bremer / Wall Street Journal:
Only America Can Prevent a Disaster in Iraq
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Watergate Parking Garage to Be Torn Down
Discussion: Gawker and The Huffington Post
Colin H. Kahl / Politico:
No, Obama Didn't Lose Iraq
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigrant surge, White House story falls apart
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Demographic Shift: Why Hispanics Don't Have a Larger Political Voice
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Politics Grows More Partisan
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Liberaland