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10:50 PM ET, June 16, 2014


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Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
No one buying claim that Lois Lerner's IRS emails were lost  —  Last Friday afternoon, the Internal Revenue Service claimed that Lois Lerner, a former executive tasked with overseeing tax-exemption applications, lost thousands of emails after her computer crashed.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Latest on Lois Lerner's “Lost” Emails, With a Bombshell At the End  —  The Internal Revenue Service claims, as of last Friday, that two years' worth of Lois Lerner's external emails are gone forever.  You can read the letter in which the IRS told Senators Hatch and Wyden that Lerner's external emails …
Discussion: Techdirt and Sister Toldjah
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 …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny  —  Washington (CNN) - A new round of scrutiny hit the IRS on Monday as senators from both parties summoned the agency's chief to Capitol Hill, one House committee set up a new investigative hearing and another issued a subpoena for the head of the agency to appear.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain, Lindsey Graham split on Iran  —  Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain are enduring a rare split on foreign policy, breaking over whether the U.S. should cooperate with Iran to aid the Iraqis.  —  Graham (R-S.C.) twice suggested on the Sunday shows that the United States must work …
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Colin H. Kahl / Politico:
No, Obama Didn't Lose Iraq
Discussion: New York Times and RedState
Associated Press:
More US Troops to Iraq; Special Forces Considered  —  The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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
The Hill:
Is Obama done with Washington?
President Obama seeks political boost from LGBT executive order
Discussion: Forbes and CNN
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
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 …
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.”
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How will Republicans respond to unilateral action on gay workplace discrimination?  —  Jennifer Bendery and Sam Stein report on a big, if belated, move by Obama to circumvent Congressional Republicans' refusal to act on gay workplace discrimination: … It will be very interesting to see how Republicans respond to this.
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Court Rulings on Voter Restrictions Create Limbo as Midterms Near  —  MIAMI — With the midterm elections only months away, efforts to carry out some of the country's strictest photo ID requirements and shorten early voting in several politically pivotal states have been thrown into limbo …
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 …
Hertog Foundation:
The War in Iraq: A Study in Decision-Making  —  October 27, 2014 - October 31, 2014  —  Stipends to cover travel and lodging  —  History takes on a different aspect when viewed not from years removed and with the consequences of decisions taken known, but from the viewpoints …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 Mirengoff / Power Line:
Why Obama “owns” Iraq  —  The Islamist blitzkrieg in Iraq is the direct result of President Obama's failure to maintain an American military presence there.  As David French has shown, when Obama took office the Islamist extremists were a subdued and nearly defeated force.
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
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The Commonwealth Fund:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Firedoglake
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Greenpeace loses £3m in currency speculation
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
The Other Veterans Scandal
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
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Washington Post:
U.S. starts removing embassy staff from Baghdad as ISIS grabs Iraqi town of Tal Afar
Associated Press:
SCOTUS Rules On ‘Straw Purchaser’ Gun Law
Discussion: The Raw Story
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care and Climate: President Obama's Big Deals
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
The Hillary Tapes  —  Newly discovered audio recordings …