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11:10 AM ET, June 16, 2014


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New York Times:
Militants Claim Mass Execution of Iraqi Forces  —  BAGHDAD — Wielding the threat of sectarian slaughter, Sunni Islamist militants claimed on Sunday that they had massacred hundreds of captive Shiite members of Iraq's security forces, posting grisly pictures of a mass execution in Tikrit as evidence and warning of more killing to come.
Frederick Kagan / NY Daily News:
Put out this fire  —  Why the U.S. must step up to stop Iraq …
Discussion: Washington Post and alicublog
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 Office of Tony Blair:
Iraq, Syria and the Middle East - An essay by Tony Blair
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Mediaite
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers  —  Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.
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
Yahoo! News:
US to evacuate Baghdad embassy staff  —  The US embassy in Baghdad is evacuating personnel and increasing military security after militants captured vast swathes of territory and advanced toward the capital, officials said Sunday.  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the staff would only be …
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Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Watergate Parking Garage to Be Torn Down
Colin H. Kahl / Politico:
No, Obama didn't lose Iraq
Discussion: RedState
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigrant surge, White House story falls apart
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
‘Obvious Child’ review
Discussion: NewsBusters
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton tops Obama on every issue
Discussion: Politico, PoliticusUSA and ABC News
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
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David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Liberaland
Yahoo! News:
Islamist gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya attack
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Idaho's GOP convention adjourns without electing chairman, setting platform
New York Times:
Tim Cook, Making Apple His Own
Discussion: The Verge
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Joe Biden to discuss child migrants in Latin America
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN