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10:30 AM ET, June 16, 2014


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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 …
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
5 Principles for Iraq  —  THE disintegration of Iraq and Syria …
The Office of Tony Blair:
Iraq, Syria and the Middle East - An essay by Tony Blair
USA Today:
U.S. evacuates embassy as bombs, fighting rock Iraq … BAGHDAD - The United States said Sunday it was evacuating some staff from its embassy and beefing up security as deadly explosions rocked the Iraqi capital and advancing militant Islamic insurgents released graphic images appearing to show …
Frederick Kagan / NY Daily News:
Put out this fire  —  Why the U.S. must step up to stop Iraq …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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.
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: 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 …
Discussion: The Federalist and Washington Post
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton tops Obama on every issue  —  What do you want to ask Hillary Clinton?  Send your questions here and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour might ask it during CNN's town hall meeting with Clinton at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Newseum in Washington.
Discussion: Politico, PoliticusUSA and ABC News
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
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.
Discussion: The Week
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
$40-BILLION MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM PROVES UNRELIABLE  —  With a convulsive rumble, followed by billowing flames and exhaust, a sleek 60-foot rocket emerged from its silo at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.  —  It was a test of the backbone of the nation's missile defense system.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Liberaland
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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Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
‘Obvious Child’ review
Discussion: NewsBusters
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Demographic Shift: Why Hispanics Don't Have a Larger Political Voice
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Graham: Situation In Iraq ‘Another 9/11 In The Making’
Discussion: Liberaland
Yahoo! News:
Islamist gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya attack
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items:
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