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11:40 PM ET, June 21, 2014


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Walter Olson / Cato Institute:
Kim Strassel and the WSJ on the Lost IRS Emails  —  Earlier this week Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel won a much deserved Bradley Award for her work in investigative journalism.  It's at times like this, in which revelations about evidence destruction at the Internal Revenue Service …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
About Those Missing Emails  —  The fact that they are “lost” at all suggests Congress is looking in the right direction.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
Donald Trump / NY Daily News:
Central Park Five settlement is a ‘disgrace’  —  An unacceptable amount of time and money has been spent on the infamous case, and it's ridiculous for it to be settled at a cost of $40 million to taxpayers, Trump says.  —  My opinion on the settlement of the Central Park Jogger case is that it's a disgrace.
Mark Collette / Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
Mass graves of migrants found in Falfurrias (+ Video)  —  FALFURRIAS - Unidentified migrants who died entering the United States were buried in mass graves in a South Texas cemetery, with remains found in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags, or no containers at all, researchers discovered.
Katie Pavlich /
IRS Official Whose Emails Were “Lost” Visited White House More Than 30 Times  —  1.1K  —  SHARES  —  Last night on The Kelly File Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulo revealed that the former chief of staff to former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, Nikole Flax …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS chief defiant on Lois Lerner email loss
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Stopping a lawless president  —  What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls “taming the prince” — making executive power compatible with democracy's abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics.  It is now more urgent in the United States than at any time since the Founders …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Presbyterians Vote to Divest Holdings to Pressure Israel  —  DETROIT — After passionate debate over how best to help break the deadlock between Israel and the Palestinians, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Friday at its general convention to divest from three companies …
David Montgomery / Argus Leader:
S.D. Republican Party calls for Obama impeachment  —  The South Dakota Republican Party state convention passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama Saturday.  —  The resolution says Obama has “violated his oath of office in numerous ways.”
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Ralph Reed: Those who oppose same-sex marriage can draw lessons from fight against slavery  —  Seeking to encourage social conservative activists to persevere in the fight against same-sex marriage, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed drew parallels between the ongoing debate …
Kamal Namaa / Reuters:
Iraq militants take Syria border post in drive for caliphate  —  (Reuters) - Sunni fighters have seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier, security sources said, smashing a line drawn by colonial powers a century ago in a campaign to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.
Klint Finley / Wired:
Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Patent Trolls  —  The Supreme Court just dealt a major blow to patent trolls.  —  On Thursday, the court upheld the notion that an idea alone can't be patented, deciding unanimously that merely implementing an idea on a computer isn't enough to transform it into a patentable invention.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Every Senior V.A. Executive Was Rated ‘Fully Successful’ or Better Over 4 Years  —  All of the 470 senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs received annual ratings over the last four years indicating that they were “fully successful” in their jobs or even better …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
The IRS Had a Contract With an Email Backup Company
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
White House announces funding to address immigrant surge
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
Friends of Scott Walker / Press Room:
Governor Scott Walker Releases Column in Response to Media Coverage of John Doe
Oil Odyssey Offers Glimpse of Kurdish Independence in Iraq
Discussion: Israpundit, The Dish and Bloomberg View
Dana Ford / CNN:
Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage
Discussion: Boing Boing and Daily Kos
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NY Daily News:
One Marine's mettle  —  In praise of Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum Explains Why Ronald Reagan Would Be ‘Appalled’ By Today's GOP
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hullabaloo
Discussion: Allen B. West and Vox Popoli