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8:20 AM ET, June 18, 2014


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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.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Fox's Bret Baier Relentlessly Hammers Hillary Clinton on Benghazi  —  Fox News' Bret Baier kicked off Tuesday's joint interview with Hillary Clinton by grilling on the details of the 2012 attack in Benghazi and did not let up eight solid minutes.  Beginning with today's news about the capture …
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.
Dan Merica / CNN:
What we heard at CNN's town hall with Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mashable
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The Benghazi suspect: What's next
Discussion: Lawfare and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
The Collapsing Obama Doctrine  —  Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.  —  As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Rules Out Iraq Airstrikes for Now  —  President Barack Obama decided against immediate airstrikes on marauding Sunni extremists in Iraq, opting instead to pursue strategies such as providing intelligence to the Iraqi military and addressing the country's political divisions.  — Iraqis Repel Insurgents
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Fox News and Lawfare
Lawrence Wright / News Desk:   ISIS's Savage Strategy in Iraq
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Ted Cruz says he'd never heard of Peter King  —  Rep. Peter King?  Never heard of him, Sen. Ted Cruz says.  —  The Texas senator says he had never heard of the New York Republican who has repeatedly and harshly attacked him until recently.  —  “I don't know Mr. King,” Cruz, a Texas Republican, said on CNN on Tuesday evening.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama's Foreign Policy Rating Plummets, Even Without Iraq  —  And respondents are evenly divided if the details of Bergdahl's disappearance from his base in Afghanistan matter in the U.S. decision to secure his release: 47 percent say the details matter, while 46 percent say they don't.
Discussion: Business Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows Erosion in President's Support
Discussion: Politico
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Obama's double asterisks on IRS: Column  —  First, we found out agency was targeting Tea Party.  Now IRS emails are missing.  Cover-up?  —  I guess it's time to award President Obama a second asterisk.  When charges came out that the IRS targeted Tea Party groups for harassment …
Theodore Schleifer / New York Times:
Lawmakers Skeptical on Emails and I.R.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Six additional Internal Revenue Service workers lost emails sought by congressional investigators when their computers crashed, investigators announced Tuesday, escalating Republican suspicions that the employees may have been trying …
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
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.”
James Poulos / The Daily Beast:
Paging Rose Mary Woods: Obama's Unbelievable Missing IRS Emails  —  The IRS scandal's back, with Lois Lerner mislaying two years of communiqués—just like Nixon's secretary and her erased tapes.  But the presidential characters couldn't be more different.
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Hit & Run
Wall Street Journal:   A Tale of Two Scandals  —  Forty-one years ago, during a small …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Dish
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Glenn Beck: ‘Liberals, You Were Right,’ We Should Never Have Gone into Iraq  —  Glenn Beck led off his radio show on Tuesday morning with a stirring monologue about all the ways he believes the left and right can come together to “heal” America.  As part of that, Beck suggested that perhaps …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hagan lead up to 5 with unpopular legislature in session  —  PPP's new North Carolina poll finds Kay Hagan with her largest lead for reelection since September.  She leads by 5 points with 39% to 34% for Thom Tillis and 11% for Libertarian Sean Haugh.  When Haugh's supporters …
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Pace of Obama's Disasters
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Senators Question Obama's Authority For U.S. Military Strikes In Iraq
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Why Paul Ryan took a pass on running for House majority leader
 Earlier Items: 
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Facebook Releases Slingshot for Self-Destructing Selfies
Discussion: The Verge
Missouri Town Discovers People Don't Like Vacationing Around People Openly Carrying Firearms
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Limits of Partisan Realignment in the South
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The great unraveling  —  In one of the PBS series that engages …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune