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9:05 PM ET, June 17, 2014


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Washington Post:
U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid  —  An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.  The alleged ringleader in the attack has been captured by involving Special Operations forces.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khattala May Begin to Answer Questions on Assault  —  CAIRO — Ahmed Abu Khattala was always open about his animosity toward the United States, and even about his conviction that the Muslims and Christians were locked in an intractable religious war.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Suggests Obama Captured Benghazi Suspect To Boost Hillary's Book Tour  —  Hillary Clinton in 2012, at one of her last events as Secretary of State  —  A Fox News anchor suggested that President Obama captured one of the alleged architects of the September 2012 attack …
Allen West / Allen B. West:
Squirrel!  Benghazi suspect conveniently captured to deflect attention from all the other nightmares  —  Is it a case of “wag the dog” and a convenient shift from the countless evident failures of Obama or something credible?  Not so sure...  Politico has just reported that American special operators …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The Benghazi suspect: What's next
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
REPUBLICANS TO OBAMA: Put The Benghazi ‘Ringleader’ In Guantanamo's Prison
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dana Milbank's Heritage disaster  —  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry of outraged tweets on Monday night after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at the Heritage Foundation that, he says, “deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.”
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Friends Don't Let Friends Read Dana Milbank  —  Dana Milbank is a columnist for the Washington Post who serially exaggerates or distorts what he writes about.  It's just what he does.  This has been established so many times by so many people that it's disappointing to see he is still given prominent perch …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Heritage's ugly Benghazi panel
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Muslim Student Gets Mocked At Heritage Benghazi Panel
Dan Merica / CNN:
What we're hearing at CNN's Clinton town hall  —  Editor's note: Hillary Clinton reacts to the capture of a Benghazi attack suspect live during a CNN town hall meeting at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, moderated by CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth.  That doesn't mean they want to pay it.  —  To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial …
John P. Walters / Politico:
Why Libertarians Are Wrong About Drugs  —  Others see a regulated, licensed dispensary model, perhaps with medical supervision.  But misuse of opiate pharmaceuticals already represents the second-largest illicit drug threat in America.  Would there be political corruption in the quest for those dispensary licenses?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
BLM Shooting Suspect Is Anti-Government Conspiracy Theorist With Pending Gun Charge  —  The man accused of shooting two law enforcement members in California, including a Bureau of Land Management ranger, has had at least one previous run-in with law enforcement and has described himself as the target of a massive government conspiracy.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The great unraveling  —  In one of the PBS series that engages American history (was it The American Experience?  Frontline?  I don't remember and can't find it online), the producers took a look back at the Carter administration.  The show I'm thinking of would have been broadcast some 20 years ago.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Barack Obama golfs while the Middle East burns
Charles Lipson / Chicago Tribune:   Downward spiral of Obama's presidency
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
IRS Has Lost More Emails...  It's not just Lois Lerner's emails.  The Internal Revenue Service says it can't produce emails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.  —  The IRS told Ways …
Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Scandals  —  Forty-one years ago, during a small …
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Missouri Town Discovers People Don't Like Vacationing Around People Openly Carrying Firearms  —  Turns out, people don't find it particularly relaxing to be surrounded by strangers carrying guns.  —  The Lake Ozark, Missouri Board of Alderman voted last week to ban gun owners from openly carrying firearms …
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Democrat says he's leading black GOTV effort for Cochran  —  A Democratic political operative says he is working with Mississippi Conservatives PAC to drum up votes for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.  —  James “Scooby Doo” Warren said he has put together a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) plan and is “putting it in place across the whole state.”
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The GOP's Latest, Embarrassing Retreat from the Obamacare Wars  —  In Republican primary politics it's taken as a given that candidates will scatter rightward toward the sweet spot between reason and disqualifying insanity.  Some will inevitably overshoot.  But Obamacare was supposed …
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Senators Question Obama's Authority For U.S. Military Strikes In Iraq  —  Rand Paul and Senate Democrats say the administration needs to come to Congress before any Iraq operations.  Obama will meet with congressional leaders Wednesday.  —  Sen. Chris Murphy  —  T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
David Corn / Mother Jones:
FLASHBACK: Remember When Paul Wolfowitz Said Not to Worry About Sectarian Violence in Iraq?
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Rick Perry's ‘Groundhog Day’  —  “Boys, I am going to bless this meal,” Rick Perry said, ducking his head and folding his hands under his chin.  We were sitting at Nate 'n Al, the Jewish Deli in Beverly Hills, and the governor of Texas was looking every bit the regular customer in a tight black polo shirt and designer glasses.
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
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Megyn Kelly Laughs at Dinesh D'Souza: So You're Saying America Is a ‘Child Molester’?
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
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.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Limits of Partisan Realignment in the South
Agence France-Presse:
Pope tells super rich, bankers to find some ethics
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