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7:25 AM ET, June 20, 2014


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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
Discussion: Althouse
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
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The plan for saving Iraq begins by ousting Maliki  —  What would an effective quick response to the catastrophic civil wars in Iraq and Syria look like?  Sometimes in foreign policy, as in sports, it can be useful to visualize the right technique — and then hit the ball.
Andrew Marszal / Telegraph:
Iraq crisis: Britain and US must not meddle in Iraq, warns Saudi Arabia - live
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Here's what the U.S. can do about Iraq
Discussion: The Dish and Informed Comment
Economist:   How did it come to this?  —  The crisis in Iraq has roots going far back in history.
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:
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Megyn Kelly Confronts Dick Cheney: ‘History Has Proven’ You Were Wrong on Iraq
Paul Waldman / CNN:
Dick Cheney's amazing chutzpah on Iraq
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Meeks: Cheney Should ‘Take Care Of His Health And Just Keep His Mouth Shut’
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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
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
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 …
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
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
CIA hatched plan to make demon toy to counter Osama bin Laden's influence  —  For more than a decade, the CIA has deployed drones, satellites, spies, informants and tracking devices to thwart al-Qaeda in Pakistan.  —  The spy agency also considered a plan to wage war with toys.
New York Times:
C.D.C. Details Anthrax Scare for Scientists at Facilities  —  As many as 75 scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after potentially infectious samples were sent to laboratories unequipped to handle dangerous pathogens …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Matt Fox / Daily Surge:
Hillary Clinton Asked To Inscribe “Hard Choices” To Ambassador Stevens  —  Jason Mattera caught up with Hillary Clinton at one of the DC stops on her book tour this week, and asked the former Secretary of State if she would mind signing a copy of Hard Choices... but with a twist.
Rusty Humphries / Washington Times:
Exclusive inteview with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio  —  “The White House is incompetent and the dumping of illegals is intentional.”  —  Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes the dumping of illegal aliens in his Maricopa County as an “affront” because Arizona has been a high-profile critic …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and National Review
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Tim Logan / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles on cusp of becoming ‘major’ walkable city, study says
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Cruz to Obama: Speak up for Sudanese woman
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Suffolk University:
NH Poll Shows Shaheen Leading Brown by 10 Points in Senate Race
Discussion: CNN, OnPolitics and CBS Boston
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rick Perry: I ‘stepped in it’ on gays, alcohol
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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