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11:30 AM ET, June 20, 2014


 Top Items: 
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 …
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
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’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center 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.
James Oliphant /
Welcome to the White House's Nightmare  —  Already swamped by domestic and foreign crises, Obama finds that even his self-proclaimed successes are at risk.  That's just about the last thing he needs now.  —  President Obama speaks about U.S. military personnel returning to Iraq.
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
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: Lawfare
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:
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Will Settle Suit for $40 Million  —  The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to resolve …
The President and Michelle Obama on Work, Family, and Juggling It All  —  This week, America's foreign policy is dominating the headlines, but it's the White House's second-term domestic agenda that's the focus of our Parade cover story.  On Monday, June 23, the President and Mrs. Obama …
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.
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.
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: Shakesville, CNN and
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Huckabee Says MLK Would Agree That Marriage Equality Is Like The Holocaust
Fox News:
IRS boss refuses to apologize over ‘cover-up’ claims ahead of Hill hearing on missing emails  —  June 10, 2014: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen speaks at IRS headquarters in Washington.AP  —  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Friday there is no need for his agency …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
2016 poll: N.H. GOP voters pick Mitt Romney  —  Republican voters in New Hampshire are apparently still ready for Mitt.  —  According to a Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll released Thursday, 24 percent of the likely New Hampshire Republican electorate would vote for Mitt Romney in the state's 2016 GOP presidential primary.
Discussion: CNN
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
How Dallas County Accidentally Backed Reparations  —  Since Ta-Nehisi Coates's cover story on reparations was published this month, he's been asked repeatedly whether he really thought reparations for African Americans were politically feasible.  His answer has been consistent: maybe not, and certainly no time soon.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, theGrio and Gawker
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Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Liberal Group: Sheldon Adelson Illegally Gave $1M To Pro-Corbett PAC
Discussion: and Liberaland
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Joe Walsh Was Apparently Kicked Off His Own Radio Show For Using Racial Slurs
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
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Left's Quiet Advance in Democratic Primaries
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
C.D.C. Details Anthrax Scare for Scientists at Facilities
Discussion: Boing Boing
Thomson IR:
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (713) 375-5000
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Has Interesting Response To 9/11 Truther
Discussion: Mediaite
Discussion: Politico, PoliticusUSA and Liberaland
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein: Keep Brian Schweitzer ‘away from my husband’