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4:15 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Militants Claim Soldier Massacre  —  Photos of Alleged Killings Posted Online as U.S., Iran Near Talks on Cooperation to Counter Insurgents  —  The radical Sunni militia that has plunged Iraq into chaos bragged on Sunday that it had executed hundreds of Shiite Iraqi soldiers …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
5 Principles for Iraq  —  THE disintegration of Iraq and Syria is upending an order that has defined the Middle East for a century.  It is a huge event, and we as a country need to think very carefully about how to respond.  Having just returned from Iraq two weeks ago …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Townsend / Guardian:
Tony Blair: west must intervene in Iraq
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
The brutal neoconservative legacy in Iraq
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Plans to Evacuate Many Embassy Workers  —  ERBIL, Iraq — The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced on Sunday.
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.
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
Todd Leopold / CNN:
Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem dies at 82  —  Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem has passed away.  Share your tributes, memories and stories with CNN iReport.  —  (CNN) — Casey Kasem, who entertained radio listeners for almost four decades as the host of countdown shows such as …
Yahoo! News:
Islamist gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya attack  —  Mombasa (Kenya) (AFP) - At least 48 people were killed when suspected Shebab militants from Somalia stormed into a Kenyan coastal town and launched a major assault on a police station, hotels and government offices, officials said on Monday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Idaho's GOP convention adjourns without electing chairman, setting platform  —  Idaho's state Republican Party convention degenerated into a fiasco Saturday after attempts to disqualify up to a third of the delegates attending appeared to be succeeding - and the convention adjourned without electing …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Joe Biden to discuss child migrants in Latin America  —  Vice President Joe Biden is extending a planned trip to Latin America this week in order to convene a high-level meeting in the region to address a massive surge in children crossing the border into the U.S. through Mexico.
Discussion: CNN
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Eric Cantor loss gives Republicans chance to become people's party  —  REPUBLICAN PARTY CAMPAIGN FINANCE ERIC CANTOR WALL STREET DAVE BRAT  —  Eric Cantor's single largest source of campaign contributions was Blackstone Group, the high-rolling financial titan in Midtown Manhattan.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Cantor reflects on primary loss, says ‘of course’ he'll vote for Brat in November
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Tim Cook, Making Apple His Own  —  Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, was an adolescent boy in a small Alabama town in the early 1970s when he saw something he couldn't forget.  —  Bicycling home on a new 10-speed, he passed a large cross in flames in front of a house — one that he knew belonged to a black family.
Discussion: The Verge
James Hohmann / Politico:
Iowa GOP takeover: The implications for 2016  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Establishment forces officially wrested control of the Iowa Republican Party from supporters of Rand Paul on Saturday, a development the victors said would help save the state's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Paul: Clinton not fit to be president
Discussion: BuzzFeed and PoliticusUSA
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Rand Paul told Iowans today that change is needed …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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