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12:20 AM ET, June 19, 2014


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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Hillary Clinton cannot let you hold a viewpoint about guns that is terrorizing the vast majority of Americans.  —  At yesterday's CNN Town Hall with Hillary Clinton, a Maryland teacher named Gail Santa Maria expressed concern about school shootings and asked whether “reinstating the ban …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Gets Friendly With ‘Squirrel’ The RNC Sent To Stalk Her (VIDEO)  —  Hillary Clinton on Tuesday gave a signed copy of her new memoir “Hard Choices” to a Republican National Committee intern in a squirrel costume who's been following her book tour.
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
U.S. patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging  —  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team's name “disparaging to Native Americans.”
In Landmark Decision, U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark For Redskins Football Team  —  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” …
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Patent & Trademark Office cancels several Washington Redskins trademarks
New York Times:
Redskins Lose on Trademarks, but Fight Isn't Over
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Liberaland
James Fallows / Reuters:
The Graciousness and Dignity of Richard B. Cheney  —  “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”  —  A few hours ago I said (sincerely) that a number of prominent officials who had set the stage for today's disaster in Iraq deserved respect …
Cheney rips Obama over foreign policy in op-ed
Avik Roy / Forbes:
3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49%  —  There are hundreds of aspects of Obamacare that people argue over.  But there's one question that matters above all others: does the Affordable Care Act live up to its name?  Does it make health insurance less expensive?
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Federal insurance exchange subsidies cut premiums by average of 76%, HHS reports
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Will Afghanistan be Iraq redux?  —  “What's the difference between Iraq and Afghanistan?” asked John Noonan, a top House Armed Services Committee Republican aide, on Twitter last week.  “A: About 5 years.”  —  No one in Washington is laughing.  —  Instead, worry is quietly building …
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
CNN:   Obama to Congress: I don't need new permission on Iraq
Lauren French / Politico:
John Boehner wants ‘overall’ Obama Iraq strategy
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The IRS scandal shows the IRS needs a bigger budget  —  Over a year after a scandal involving IRS investigations into the tax status of conservative political non-profits, Congressional conservatives are still outraged.  On Tuesday June 17, Dave Camp (R-Michigan) — who chairs the House Ways …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
House budget punishes IRS with 15% cut, halts Obamacare enforcement
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and RedState
Washington Examiner:
About that Wall Street Journal poll: Is the public saying Obama's presidency is over?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA MSNBC NBC POLLS JOE SCARBOROUGH WALL STREET JOURNAL  —  President Obama's approval rating has dropped to 41 percent, a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling …
Discussion: Althouse, Wall Street Journal and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows Erosion in President's Support
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Jindal moves against Common Core  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued executive orders Wednesday to withdraw the state from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests, defying his state legislature, his superintendent of education and the business community …
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Bobby Jindal announces plans to get Louisiana out of Common Core
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Feminazism After All  —  I always thought Rush Limbaugh was a little over the top with his designation of feminists as “Feminazis,” but being over the top is his job, after all.  It appears he was also prescient.  —  Right now the most formidable critic of contemporary radical feminism is Christina Hoff Sommers.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Sources: Lois Lerner's emails likely gone forever  —  Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner's crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.
Discussion: Sharyl Attkisson and The PJ Tatler
Adam Mann / Wired:
What's Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse  —  I grew up in Los Angeles, the city by the freeway by the sea.  And if there's one thing I've known ever since I could sit up in my car seat, it's that you should expect to run into traffic at any point of the day.
Discussion: FrontBurner and Fox News
Matthew Watkins / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas County commissioners unwittingly back slavery reparations  —  John Wiley Price's Price's resolution went beyond taking note of Juneteenth; it included a long list of injustices endured by blacks, from slavery to Jim Crow to predatory lending practices.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Politico's reporting disaster  —  Politico's media blogger, Dylan Byers, regularly supplies his readers with tidbits on comings and goings in the news business, but this week he provided an additional service: a lesson in the limitations of armchair journalism.
People Invested $1 Million In An App That Just Says ‘Yo’  —  It only took 8 hours to build the app, and the only thing it does is allow you to send the word ‘Yo’ to your friends.  To many, it seems like a joke.  But its inventor, Or Arbel, is totally serious.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Week
Max Fisher / Vox:
Israel's occupation of the West Bank is indefensible  —  JERUSALEM — There is a pleasant fiction in the United States and parts of Israel that the Israel-Palestine conflict exists in a sort of suspended animation, on pause and simply awaiting diplomatic resolution.
Discussion: The Dish
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Vox Explains: Israel Is The Worst
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Alexander Burns / Politico:
For Thad Cochran, a Brett Favre ad blitz  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is bringing in a big-time closer for the Mississippi Senate race: NFL legend Brett Favre.  —  Favre, a Gulfport native who has coached football at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, appears in a new Chamber ad praising Cochran as a …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Editor's note: Michael Gerson replaces George Will
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BLM Secession  —  Fresh on the heels of the shooting …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Candidate's Protest Clouds Afghan Vote-Counting for President
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Lauren French / Politico:
Vance McAllister might un-retire
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Glenn Beck admits: Liberals got Iraq right
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions
Mark J. Perry / AEIdeas:
Another energy milestone for ‘Saudi Dakota’: Daily oil production surpasses one million barrels for the first time ever
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Tax Crusader Grover Norquist Endorses Renaming Redskins After Ronald Reagan
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House: GOP Shutdown Threat Is All About Protecting ‘Big Polluters’
Discussion: and Booman Tribune
Robert A. Moffitt / New York Times:
Cutting the Poor Out of Welfare
Discussion: Washington Monthly