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8:10 AM ET, June 20, 2014


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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Left's Quiet Advance in Democratic Primaries  —  Progressives tout their victories as proof they're successfully pushing the party to adopt bolder ideological stands.  —  This year's Republican primaries have been closely watched by pundits sifting for clues about the relative primacy of the GOP's warring factions.
New York Times:
Cochran Asking Blacks to Rescue Him in Republican Primary  —  JACKSON, Miss. — Bishop Ronnie C. Crudup stood before roughly a dozen of his colleagues at a weekly Baptist fellowship meeting last week and asked for their help in a fight that, until now, would have been unthinkable for a black pastor …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Shouting Match Erupts at Chris McDaniel Event  —  JACKSON, Miss. -A quiet morning campaign event erupted into a shouting match Thursday morning when a Democratic voter crashed a coffee klatch by State Sen. Chris McDaniel and got into an angry confrontation the conservative who is challenging six term Sen. Thad Cochran.
Discussion: The Dish and Talking Points Memo
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of ‘criminal scheme’  —  By Patrick Marley and Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Prosecutors allege that Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help …
New York Times:
Wisconsin Governor at Center of a Vast Fund-Raising Case  —  CHICAGO — Prosecutors in Wisconsin assert that Gov. Scott Walker was part of an elaborate effort to illegally coordinate fund-raising and spending between his campaign and conservative groups during efforts to recall …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Prosecutors: Scott Walker part of ‘criminal scheme’
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
State Prosecutors Allege Scott Walker At Center Of ‘Criminal Scheme’
Discussion: JSOnline
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
An enclave strategy for Iraq  —  Can Iraq hold together?  It's worth examining what is happening in that country through a broader prism.  If you had looked at the Middle East 15 years ago, you would have seen a string of strikingly similar regimes — from Libya and Tunisia in the west to Syria and Iraq in the east.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The plan for saving Iraq begins by ousting Maliki
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein: Keep Brian Schweitzer ‘away from my husband’  —  Attention Brian Schweitzer: Dianne Feinstein's husband may want a word with you.  —  The former Montana governor had harsh words for the Senate Intelligence chairwoman in a profile published by National Journal on Thursday …
Brian Schweitzer says his ‘gaydar’ goes off when he sees Eric Cantor
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Brian Schweitzer presidential speculation was fun while it lasted
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Huckabee slams ‘judicial supremacy’  —  Former (and possibly future) Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum joined several hundred anti-same-sex marriage activists Thursday on the Capitol grounds to mark the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of gay marriage.
Discussion: CNN and
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Huckabee Says MLK Would Agree That Marriage Equality Is Like The Holocaust
New York Times:
Good Progress on Affordable Health Care  —  Americans are finding very affordable health insurance and a wide choice of plans on the exchanges operated by the federal government, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.
EXCLUSIVE: PROSECUTOR IS CLOSING IN ON GOV. CHRISTIE  —  Indictments against four cronies are near certain, sources say.  Only question is if David Samson, Christie's longtime crony, will flip. … Getty Images  —  “It's over, it's done, and I'm moving on.”  — Chris Christie, reassuring potential donors in Utah on June 14th
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Liberaland
Thomson IR:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Unsettled Politics of Foreign Policy  —  The conventional wisdom, such as it is, on the political impact of events in Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere seems to be that they will empower the Republican Party's hawkish establishment at the expense of the party's libertarian/anti-interventionist wing …
Paul Waldman / CNN:
Dick Cheney's amazing chutzpah on Iraq
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Has Interesting Response To 9/11 Truther  —  “Do you think that Oswald was the only person to shoot Jack Kennedy, our president?”  Rep. Pete Sessions replied, when asked a 9/11 truther question by a high school class.  —  Asked if the government was withholding information …
Discussion: Mediaite
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton Donor Bans Free Beacon From University of Arkansas Archives  —  A Hillary Clinton donor who serves as dean of the University of Arkansas libraries has banned the Washington Free Beacon from the school's special collections archives, after the news outlet published revealing stories …
Alice Barr / KHOU-TV:
Man says apartment complex called his US flag a ‘threat to Muslim community’  —  WEBSTER, Texas — A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down.  But he's not giving up without a fight.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Crowns Kevin McCarthy The Next Majority Leader  —  House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California will be the next majority leader.  —  As expected, Republicans elected McCarthy to replace ousted Rep. Eric Cantor once he steps down from the post on July 31.
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Text of Tom Graves Speech Nominating Kevin McCarthy for Majority Leader
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Russia ‘secretly working with environmentalists to oppose fracking’
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Poll is bad for President Obama, but worse for liberalism
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Rusty Humphries / Washington Times:
Exclusive inteview with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and National Review
New York Times:
C.D.C. Details Anthrax Scare for Scientists at Facilities
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Tim Logan / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles on cusp of becoming ‘major’ walkable city, study says
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mark K. Matthews / Denver Post:
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
CIA hatched plan to make demon toy to counter Osama bin Laden's influence
Joe Coscarelli Follow / New York Magazine:
Bill O'Reilly Uncensored: On Hillary Clinton, the 2016 GOP, and His Fox News Colleagues
Norm Ornstein /
Setting the Record Straight on a Polarizing Debate
Discussion: Liberal Values