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5:30 PM ET, June 20, 2014


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David S. Joachim / New York Times:
I.R.S. Head and Lawmakers Clash Over Missing Email  —  WASHINGTON — A Congressional hearing examining how the Internal Revenue Service lost thousands of emails sought by investigators turned into a shouting match on Friday, with Republicans on the panel accusing the I.R.S. commissioner of lying.
Discussion: Power Line
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
IRS commissioner: You know, e-mail isn't necessarily an “official record”; Update: IRS Manual says it is  —  Two House committees plan to get more aggressive in the next few days in the IRS targeting scandal after finding out a week ago that the IRS only keeps six months of server backups …
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.
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
White House Learned of Lerner's Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
White House notified of missing IRS e-mail 6 weeks before Congress?
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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
Simon Maloy / Salon:
GOP's sudden scandal-mania: Why criminal probes and infighting are taking over the party
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Alberta /
Jeb Hensarling Sees ‘Green Light’ to Run for Leadership in November
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
President Obama took credit in 2012 for withdrawing all troops from Iraq.  Today he said something different.  —  President Obama surprised a few people during a news conference Thursday by claiming that the 2011 decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq, a politically popular move …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Obama Has Two Options on Iraq. Both Are Terrible.
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
An enclave strategy for Iraq
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:   Abdication has a price  —  Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda …
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 …
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 …
James Oliphant /
Welcome to the White House's Nightmare
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Shadowy Obama Megadonor Indicted On Fraud And Manslaughter Charges  —  A California grand jury has indicted Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and 15 of Ahmed's associates in an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance kickback scheme.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The New Map of the Middle East  —  So as I was saying....  First, a bit of housekeeping.  I'm back at The Atlantic full-time.  I'm going to be working mainly on stories for the magazine (I'm thinking of writing something on the case for reparations, for instance), but I'll …
Discussion: The Dish
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kevin McCarthy to F&F crowd: Come visit  —  Incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy reveled in his new title with the support of an enthusiastic crowd at a conference held Friday.  —  The California Republican, who was elected to the position Thursday, discussed his life story …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Governor Bucks GOP On Medicaid Expansion (UPDATED)  —  Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivering his inaugural address.  —  CREDIT: AP Images/Patrick Semansky  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) plans to move forward with Medicaid expansion even without lawmakers' support, the governor announced on Friday.
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor's Defeat  —  On May 30, 11 days before one of the biggest upsets in modern American politics blocked Majority Leader Eric Cantor's path to speaker of the House, one of his top aides emailed me in an unusually defensive tone.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kurtis Lee / Denver Post:
HICKENLOOPER SILENT ON GUN LAW COMMENTS; SUPPORTERS AND FOES BAFFLED  —  After several days of fallout over his comments on gun control laws to a recent gathering of county sheriffs, Gov. John Hickenlooper has managed to baffle both victims-rights advocates and Second Amendment supporters.
Discussion: The Spot, Clayton Cramer and RedState
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ethics panel: Don Young misused funds
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Andrew Moseman / Popular Mechanics:
Harley—Yes, Harley—is Making an Electric Motorcycle
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
The House just overwhelmingly voted to rein in the NSA
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, The Verge and Hit & Run
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
2016 poll: N.H. GOP voters pick Mitt Romney
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Joe Walsh Was Apparently Kicked Off His Own Radio Show For Using Racial Slurs
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hype Behind the Health Care Scandal
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Left's Quiet Advance in Democratic Primaries