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12:40 PM ET, June 19, 2014


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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.
Major Newspaper Dumps George Will, Apologizes For ‘Offensive’ Rape Column  —  Conservative columnist and pundit George Will  —  Early this month, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Megyn Kelly to Dick Cheney: Wrong, sir  —  FOX News' Megyn Kelly had some tough questions for former Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday night, after he and his daughter, Liz, offered a scathing review of the Obama administration's foreign policy.  —  “In your op-ed [in the Wall Street Journal] …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Maybe listening to Dick Cheney on Iraq isn't a good idea
Dianne Feinstein / CNN:
Brian Schweitzer says his ‘gaydar’ goes off when he sees Eric Cantor  —  (CNN) - Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer chose an interesting path and offered puzzling critiques since he tossed his name in the hat for a potential presidential run in 2016.  —  But comments he made about Rep. Eric Cantor …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Brian Schweitzer presidential speculation was fun while it lasted  —  Brian Schweitzer is nothing if not unusual.  Just Tuesday, we cautioned that the former Montana governor should never be viewed through the lense of traditional political logic — or even logic writ large.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Return of the GOP hawks  —  “World events have proven Sen. McCain, myself, [Sen. Kelly] Ayotte, Rubio, other people who have been hawkish, to have been right,” Graham said.  “To those who wanted to get to the left of Obama, I'm glad we didn't take your advice.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
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” …
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.
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.
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Reform Can't Wait
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.) …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Cantor's Loss, Bigger Republican Contest Is on the Horizon
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Seven in 10 Americans Back Euthanasia  —  Support strong for past two decades  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Most Americans continue to support euthanasia when asked whether they believe physicians should be able to legally “end [a] patient's life by some painless means.”
Seattle Times blogs:
Why we're banning Redskins in The Seattle Times  —  The most controversial name in sports won't appear again in The Seattle Times' print edition or on the home pages as long as I am sports editor.  —  It's time to ban the use of “Redskins,” the absurd, offensive and outdated name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C.
Kathryn Joyce / American Prospect:
As sex-abuse allegations multiply, Billy Graham's grandson is on a mission to persuade Protestant churches to come clean.  —  I. The Calling  —  In November 2012, Bob Jones University, the longtime flagship institution of fundamentalism, announced it had hired GRACE (short for Godly Response …
Los Angeles Times:
American Apparel ousts CEO; source says Dov Charney ‘will fight like hell’  —  Dov Charney, the controversial CEO of American Apparel, was ousted Wednesday by the company's board of directors, who said the action “grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct.”
Ron Fournier /
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:
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.
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Supreme Court tosses some software patents  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to some software patents, ruling that they cannot cover abstract ideas carried out on a computer.  —  “Merely requiring generic computer implementation fails to transform that abstract idea …
Discussion: Politico
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: Talk Business
Washington Post:
Chaos in Iraq prompts soul-searching among military veterans  —  The sudden collapse of Iraqi forces in the face of lightly armed insurgents has catalyzed an emotional debate within the U.S. military about a war that, just a few years ago, seemed on the brink of going down in history as a success.
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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Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag
Discussion: Business Insider
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Best New Republican Climate Ideas Still Pretty Bad
KC Johnson / Minding The Campus:
If She Had Drinks, You May Be a Rapist
Kurtis Lee / Denver Post:
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
First Lady Makes Pitch for Immigration Overhaul
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Hillary Interview Ratings Underwhelm on CNN and Fox
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Steve Crabtree / Gallup:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Glenn Beck admits: Liberals got Iraq right
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Feminazism After All  —  I always thought Rush Limbaugh …
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