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4:20 PM ET, June 20, 2014


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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 …
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
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 …
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
White House Learned of Lerner's Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress  —  ( - In sworn testimony Friday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that the IRS told the Obama administration about Lois Lerner's missing emails in April, six weeks before telling Congress …
A dog ate my e-mails
Gabriel Malor / The Federalist:
A Basic Primer On The Scott Walker Case For Ignorant Reporters  —  I'm going to tell you a true story, and then tell you how the news media is covering it.  —  This is a true story: in 2012, Democratic district attorneys in Wisconsin launched a secret probe known as a John Doe investigation …
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)
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: 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 …
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 …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Obama Has Two Options on Iraq. Both Are Terrible.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Andrew Moseman / Popular Mechanics:
Harley—Yes, Harley—is Making an Electric Motorcycle  —  Electric motorcycles have been a niche space for California startups building mean, low-volume machines for buyers who want to save the world on two wheels.  That is about to change.  Today, Harley-Davidson (yes, that Harley-Davidson …
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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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
US should launch targeted military strikes on ‘terrorist army’ Isis, says General David Petraeus
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ethics panel: Don Young misused funds
Discussion: CNN
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor's Defeat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katie Colaneri / StateImpact Pennsylvania:
Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
The House just overwhelmingly voted to rein in the NSA
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, The Verge and Hit & Run
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
How Dallas County Accidentally Backed Reparations
Discussion: Balloon Juice and theGrio
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
2016 poll: N.H. GOP voters pick Mitt Romney
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Obamacare ‘good news’ applies only to the poor
Discussion: The Dish
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