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9:15 AM ET, June 19, 2014

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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
How Hillary Clinton Is Trying to Have It Both Ways on the IRS Scandal  —  With an eye on the presidency in 2017, another Clinton is parsing words and pandering.  —  Did Hillary Clinton sell out President Obama on the IRS scandal?  I assumed so when BuzzFeed Politics posted this tweet:
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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.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer and Power Line
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.
CNN:
Obama, Hill leaders meet  —  Washington (CNN) — I'll let you know what's going on, but I don't need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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The Hill:
Obama to leaders: Iraq plan won't require congressional vote  —  President Obama is not close to seeking congressional authorization for airstrikes in Iraq.  —  After a White House meeting between Obama and the top four leaders in Congress, all sides involved signaled they want to leave options open …
Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Editor's note: Michael Gerson replaces George Will  —  Dear Post-Dispatch readers,  —  Starting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays.  —  Mr. Gerson, who grew up in St. Louis and still has family here, is a former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush.
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Reform Can't Wait  —  There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Reform Can't Wait  —  There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers.  —  When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank.  Not simply because I think he is an intelligent …
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cotton leads Pryor in internal poll  —  [READ POLLING MEMO.]  —  Cotton leads Pryor by 47 percent to 40 percent in the live-caller poll, conducted by OnMessageInc for Cotton's campaign.  —  Campaigns' internal polls should always be viewed with a bit of skepticism, as they're released …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Hill:
GOP chooses leaders today  —  House Republicans will decide on Thursday whether to respond to the stunning defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) by adding a representative from a deep red state to their leadership team.  —  Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Public Faith in Congress Falls Again, Hits Historic Low  —  Of major U.S. institutions, Americans most confident in the military  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low.  Seven percent of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Young-adult group hits Landrieu in new ad: 'We can't afford that!'  —  Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit advocacy group with ties to billionaire donors Charles and David Koch that's geared toward young adults, is attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on economic issues in its second ad this cycle.
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 …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
House budget punishes IRS with 15% cut, halts Obamacare enforcement
Discussion: Moe Lane and Weasel Zippers
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
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Redskins Get Their Trademark Yanked by Aggrieved White Liberals  —  The Washington Redskins have had their trademark yanked by the US Patent and Trademark Office because white liberals who feel guilty about their privilege were offended.  —  That is the actual fact.
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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 …
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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Bobby Jindal announces plans to get Louisiana out of Common Core
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April indicates that growth in economic activity has rebounded in recent months.  Labor market indicators generally showed further improvement.  The unemployment rate, though lower, remains elevated.
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?
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Signals Iraq's Maliki Should Go  —  The Obama administration is indicating that it wants a new government in Iraq without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, convinced the Shiite leader is unable to reconcile with the nation's Sunni minority and stabilize a volatile political landscape.
 
 
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Hillary Interview Ratings Underwhelm on CNN and Fox
Steve Crabtree / Gallup:
Obesity Linked to Long-Term Unemployment in U.S.
Discussion: The Week and naked capitalism
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BLM Secession  —  Fresh on the heels of the shooting …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Will Afghanistan be Iraq redux?
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
New York Times:
Candidate's Protest Clouds Afghan Vote-Counting for President
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Glenn Beck admits: Liberals got Iraq right
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Burns / Politico:
For Thad Cochran, a Brett Favre ad blitz
Discussion: Business Insider
ThinkProgress:
People Invested $1 Million In An App That Just Says ‘Yo’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Week
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions
Max Fisher / Vox:
Israel's occupation of the West Bank is indefensible
Discussion: The Dish and The Federalist
Adam Mann / Wired:
What's Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse
Discussion: Fox News
Mark J. Perry / AEIdeas:
Another energy milestone for ‘Saudi Dakota’: Daily oil production surpasses one million barrels for the first time ever