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10:00 AM ET, June 20, 2014


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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 …
Washington Post:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suspected of coordinating with outside groups  —  Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) responds to prosecutors allegations that he is connected to a criminal scheme over campaign fundraising.  In a statement, he called the allegations “categorically false.”  ( AP)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Power Line
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of ‘criminal scheme’
James Hohmann / Politico:
Prosecutors: Scott Walker part of ‘criminal scheme’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hype Behind the Health Care Scandal  —  You've surely heard about the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A number of veterans found themselves waiting a long time for care, some of them died before they were seen, and some of the agency's employees falsified records to cover up the extent of the problem.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Obamacare ‘good news’ applies only to the poor
Discussion: The Dish
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Hillary Clinton Took Me Through Hell,’ Rape Victim Says  —  The woman at the center of the scandal over Hillary Clinton's defense of an alleged child rapist speaks out in depth for the first time.  —  Hillary Clinton is known as a champion of women and girls …
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.
Discussion: National Review and Lawfare
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The plan for saving Iraq begins by ousting Maliki
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
Discussion: The Dish and Talking Points Memo
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Social Security, Veterans Affairs To Expand Some, But Not All, Same-Sex Marriage Recognition  —  Even on a federal level, legal difficulties remain for couples living in states that don't recognize same-sex couples' marriages.  One year after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, Obama administration readies push to tie up loose ends.
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Huckabee slams ‘judicial supremacy’
Discussion: CNN and
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Huckabee Says MLK Would Agree That Marriage Equality Is Like The Holocaust
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.
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama talks tough to Mexico: Illegal-immigrant children won't get to stay  —  Tells Peña Nieto their countries must work to halt child surge  —  President Obama told his Mexican counterpart in a phone call Thursday that immigrants crossing into the U.S. illegally won't qualify …
Rusty Humphries / Washington Times:
Exclusive inteview with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and National Review
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Approval of Obama's Handling of Immigration Falls to 31%  —  Americans' approval falls eight percentage points since August  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' approval of President Barack Obama's handling of immigration has dropped to 31%, one of the lowest readings since 2010, when Gallup began polling on his handling of the issue.
A dog ate my e-mails  —  IF YOUR taxes are being audited and you tell the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you just so happen to have lost the records relating to the period in question, you cannot expect much sympathy.  The taxman has heard it all before, and “the dog ate my accounts” gets you nowhere.
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Joe Walsh Was Apparently Kicked Off His Own Radio Show For Using Racial Slurs  —  Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois), the outspoken, tea party-backed congressman who was ousted in 2012 after just one term in Congress, went on a Twitter rampage Thursday evening after being kicked off his own radio program for using racial slurs on-air.
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.
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
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Press Association:
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
New York Times:
C.D.C. Details Anthrax Scare for Scientists at Facilities
Discussion: Boing Boing
Thomson IR:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Has Interesting Response To 9/11 Truther
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Logan / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles on cusp of becoming ‘major’ walkable city, study says
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Crowns Kevin McCarthy The Next Majority Leader
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein: Keep Brian Schweitzer ‘away from my husband’
Mark K. Matthews / Denver Post:
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
CIA hatched plan to make demon toy to counter Osama bin Laden's influence