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10:55 AM ET, June 17, 2014


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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's reminiscent of Rose Mary Woods's 18½ minutes of fame.  —  Vietnam and Watergate have been central to the worldview of a generation of liberal Democrats.  For decades, whenever a Republican was in the White House, they eagerly anticipated that every U.S. military intervention would turn into …
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 …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cleta Mitchell to the IRS: Answer this
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
Discussion: Politico
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS  —  As ISIS marches closer to Baghdad, the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, Iran, is offering the Iraqi government the use of its army and spies.  —  As President Obama weighs whether to re-enter the Iraq war, the country's neighbor, Iran, is looking to step into the void.
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: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh, CNN and The Week
New York Times:
U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran on Crisis in Iraq
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obama's Iraq disaster
Charles Lipson / Chicago Tribune:
Downward spiral of Obama's presidency … “Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job.”  That was George W. Bush's infamous compliment to Michael Brown, his then-director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  It came as New Orleans lay flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 …
Discussion: Power Line
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Barack Obama golfs while the Middle East burns
President Obama seeks political boost from LGBT executive order
Discussion: Forbes, CNN and The Hill
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Heritage's ugly Benghazi panel  —  Representatives of prominent conservative groups converged on the Heritage Foundation on Monday afternoon for the umpteenth in a series of gatherings to draw attention to the Benghazi controversy.  —  But this one took an unexpected turn.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
NC GOPer: Unlike Blacks Or Hispanics, ‘Traditional’ Population Isn't Growing (VIDEO)  —  State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, said that the “traditional” voting bloc of his home state wasn't growing like as minority populations in an interview he did in 2012.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
D'Souza baffles Megyn Kelly  —  Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza baffled Megyn Kelly on Monday night with an analogy that compared the United States to a child molesting father.  —  Appearing on Fox's “The Kelly File” to promote his new book, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kristen Soltis Anderson / The Daily Beast:
The Cantor Prediction Is Part of a Pattern—GOP Pollsters Stink  —  They overestimated Romney, underestimated Cuccinelli, and had Eric Cantor up 34 points.  Do GOP pollsters understand the country anymore?  —  The last few years have regrettably made the phrase “Republican pollster” less a job title than a punch line.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
GOP pol raises Obama impeachment  —  Rep. Lou Barletta says the House “probably” has the votes to impeach President Barack Obama.  —  “He's just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances,” the Pennsylvania Republican said of Obama on the Gary Sutton radio show on Monday.
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Obama Impeachment “Probably Could” Pass The House
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's Book Tops Barnes & Noble Sales In First Week  —  Hard Choices sells 24,000 copies in its first week through B&N.  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a book signing for with her new memoir, Hard Choices, at a Costco in Arlington, Va., last Saturday.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Publishing Source: Hillary Book a ‘Bomb’
Discussion: and Hot Air
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama will propose vast expansion of Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary  —  The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati lies seven feet above sea level, on average.  But scientists say it's drowning.  PostTV asked Kiribati President Anote Tong how he's planning for a future that might find his entire country submerged in the Pacific Ocean.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
WH to honor young illegal immigrants  —  The White House will honor 10 young adults on Tuesday who came to the United States illegally and qualified for the president's program to defer deportation actions.  —  Each person has qualified for the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program …
Curtis Skinner / Reuters:
N.Y. lawmaker aims to give voting rights to illegal immigrants  —  (Reuters) - A New York lawmaker wants to grant many of the rights of citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants and non-citizen residents, including the right to vote in local and state elections, under a bill introduced on Monday.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady: Students shouldn't pick what they have for lunch  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Monday blasted back at critics of her school lunch program, arguing parents should ensure their children eat healthy meals.  —  Obama said parents and school leaders can't let children make the call …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, and their fellow neocons botched Iraq.  Now they want to tell you what they think.  Ignore them.  —  Let's say you're an academic-turned-public official who helped push your government into war.  You promised an easy victory and an inexpensive reconstruction …
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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service
UK to re-open Iran embassy says Hague
Discussion: National Review
Manu Raju / Politico:
Tom Cotton's message to voters: I'm no grinch
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Immigrant Children Need Safety, Shelter and Lawyers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Court Rulings on Voter Restrictions Create Limbo as Midterms Near