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12:00 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: Washington Post, The Dish and alicublog
New York Times:
Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
Holly Yan / CNN:
U.S. considers talks with Iran as Iraq crisis spills beyond its borders
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Graham: Situation In Iraq ‘Another 9/11 In The Making’
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ashton Davis /
Political Animal Declares, “Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts!”  —  @HRCSquirrel Stars In “It's Nuts” Video  —  WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee released a new web video, “It's Nuts,” starring the HRC Squirrel, who has been tailing Hillary Clinton and the Ready …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton tops Obama on every issue
Discussion: Politico, PoliticusUSA and ABC News
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 …
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 …
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 …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Politics Grows More Partisan  —  For an increasing number of Americans, the tenor of politics has reached a near-religious pitch, in which people on opposing ends of the ideological scale take on theological properties: good or evil, angels or demons, here to either save our way of life or destroy it.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Howard Dean / Politico:
What Democrats Can Learn From Cantor's Loss
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
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.
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
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Daily Kos
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.
Colin H. Kahl / Politico:
No, Obama Didn't Lose Iraq  —  What the president's critics get wrong.  —  The surprising advances by jihadists in northern and western Iraq have produced at least one unsurprising result: accusations that President Obama's “abandonment” of Iraq is responsible for the catastrophe.
Discussion: RedState
John Fund / National Review:
The Dog Ate My E-Mails, for Two Years  —  Who knew that the Obama administration had a penchant for black humor?  Earlier this year, in February, President Obama told Bill O'Reilly during an interview on Fox News that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS scandal involving …
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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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigrant surge, White House story falls apart
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
‘Obvious Child’ review
Discussion: NewsBusters
 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
Idaho's GOP convention adjourns without electing chairman, setting platform