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8:50 PM ET, June 16, 2014


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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What to Do in Iraq  —  It's widely agreed that the collapse of Iraq would be a disaster for American interests and security in the Middle East and around the world.  It also seems to be widely assumed either that there's nothing we can now do to avert that disaster, or that our best bet is supporting Iran against al Qaeda.
Associated Press:
OBAMA CONSIDERS SPECIAL FORCES TO HELP IN IRAQ  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the government in Baghdad slow the nation's rampant Sunni insurgency, U.S. officials said Monday.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, RedState, Hot Air and Gawker
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain, Lindsey Graham split on Iran
Discussion: Hot Air
Colin H. Kahl / Politico:
No, Obama Didn't Lose Iraq
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
U.S. starts removing embassy staff from Baghdad as ISIS grabs Iraqi town of Tal Afar
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 …
President Obama seeks political boost from LGBT executive order
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   White House To Proceed With Federal Contractor LGBT Executive Order
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The bafflingly simple reason Raul Labrador had trouble campaigning for majority leader this weekend  —  CONGRESS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPUBLICAN PARTY TEA PARTY RAUL LABRADOR KEVIN MCCARTHY  —  As Rep. Raul Labrador launched his upstart bid for House Majority Leader on Friday …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and The Week
David Carr / New York Times:
Eric Cantor's Defeat Exposed a Beltway Journalism Blind Spot  —  It's now clear why the primary defeat of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, came so completely out of the blue last week: Beltway blindness that put a focus on fund-raising, power-brokering and partisan back-and-forth created …
Howard Dean / Politico:
What Democrats Can Learn From Cantor's Loss
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Video Captures MI Police Struggling To Respect Gun-Toting Ranter's Open Carry Rights  —  On a bright day in early May, Joseph Houseman, 63, was out enjoying his Second Amendment rights in Kalamazoo, Mich. As traffic went by on East Cork Street, Houseman stood at the roadside, a rifle resting on his shoulder.
Alex Mitchell /
Tense encounter between open-carry advocate and Kalamazoo police detailed in recordings, reports
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Los Angeles Times:
In Texas' Rio Grande Valley, a seemingly endless surge of immigrants  —  The call went out on Border Patrol radios just before sundown one day this week: 31 immigrants spotted illegally crossing the Rio Grande on a raft.  —  No sooner had the migrants been found hiding in the mesquite brush …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women's Rights: A Daughter  —  WASHINGTON — It was, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg later said, “such a delightful surprise.”  —  In a 2003 Supreme Court opinion, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist suddenly turned into a feminist, denouncing “stereotypes about women's domestic roles.”
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Tax Agency Says Lois Lerner Emails Were Destroyed in Computer Crash  —  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service commissioner will testify before two House committees next week about the agency's disclosure that it lost thousands of emails sought by investigators looking into accusations …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Obama Impeachment “Probably Could” Pass The House  —  Republican Rep. Lou Barletta says impeaching Obama could pass the Republican-controlled House, but he's unsure the American people want it.  —  A Republican congressman thinks a vote to impeachment President Obama …
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 …
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.
Dr. Jen Gunter / Talking Points Memo:
An OB/GYN's Open Letter To George Will About His Rape Column  —  I read your recent column on the “supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. sexual assault” and am somewhat taken aback by your claim that forcing colleges to take a tougher stand on sexual assault somehow translates into a modern version …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
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 …
New York Times:
The Other Veterans Scandal  —  WASHINGTON — THE Department of Veterans Affairs is mired in scandal.  More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting at least three months for a doctor's appointment.  Another 64,000 never even made it onto a waiting list.  There are allegations that waits …
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Greenpeace loses £3m in currency speculation  —  Environmental group apologises for record losses last year after employee lost campaign funds on international currency markets  —  Greenpeace International last year lost €3.8m (£3m) of donations through speculation on currency markets.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Why Obama “owns” Iraq
The Commonwealth Fund:
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Three Reasons Liberals Lack Traction With Voters, Despite Conservative Failures
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
Barry's new ‘tell-enough’ memoir tries to recast Mayor for Life's legacy, deny troubles
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
SCOTUS Rules On ‘Straw Purchaser’ Gun Law
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Dean Baquet, Top Times Editor, Has Tumor Removed
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Demographic Shift: Why Hispanics Don't Have a Larger Political Voice
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care and Climate: President Obama's Big Deals