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1:35 PM ET, June 16, 2014


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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
New York Times:
Militants Claim Mass Execution of Iraqi Forces
U.S. considers action with Iran against Iraq insurgent onslaught
New York Times:
Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Fox News and The Week
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 …
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: Politico and PoliticusUSA
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
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Obama Drafting Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has directed his staff to draft an executive order that would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors, a White House official told The Huffington Post.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Howard Dean / Politico:
What Democrats Can Learn From Cantor's Loss  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in his Republican primary Tuesday was a truly unexpected turn of events in a political world that isn't used to being surprised.  The immediate question now: What does Cantor's defeat really mean?
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Politics Grows More Partisan
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
V.A. Punished Critics on Staff, Doctors Assert
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Discussion: Politico
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Emerging Populism Bursting Washington Bubble
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Watergate Parking Garage to Be Torn Down
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Colin H. Kahl / Politico:
No, Obama Didn't Lose Iraq
Discussion: RedState
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigrant surge, White House story falls apart
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Demographic Shift: Why Hispanics Don't Have a Larger Political Voice
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Liberaland
Yahoo! News:
Islamist gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya attack
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers