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10:50 AM ET, June 21, 2014


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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 …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS chief defiant on Lois Lerner email loss  —  A defiant IRS Commissioner on Friday refused to apologize for the loss of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner's emails, and said the agency produced what they could, at a combative hearing marked by accusations by Republicans of IRS deceit.
Discussion: RedState and Techdirt
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   White House notified of missing IRS e-mail 6 weeks before Congress?
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Republicans, at Hearing on Lost Emails, Accuse I.R.S. Chief of Lying
Discussion: Power Line
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
White House Learned of Lerner's Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
Friends of Scott Walker / Press Room:
Governor Scott Walker Releases Column in Response to Media Coverage of John Doe  —  Madison — Governor Scott Walker today released the following column in response to media coverage of the John Doe.  It is submitted for your consideration to print.  —  Abraham Lincoln once said …
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 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, RT and Prairie Weather
Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman bill allows taxpayers to use same lame excuses as IRS  —  WASHINGTON — Taxpayers who do not produce documents for the Internal Revenue Service will be able to offer a variety of dubious excuses under legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) a week after the IRS offered …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum Explains Why Ronald Reagan Would Be ‘Appalled’ By Today's GOP  —  “Rick Santorum Explains Why Ronald Reagan Would Be ‘Appalled’ By Today's GOP” Share:  —  Rick Santorum appeared to make the case for greater government involvement during a speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition on Friday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Royalties and Teaching Help Fill Bank Accounts of Justices, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — Financial disclosure reports released by the Supreme Court on Friday showed that book royalties continued to fill the bank accounts of certain justices, while most bolstered their incomes with teaching assignments.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Hillary's People  —  The facts are these.  In 1975, before she married Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham defended a child rapist in Arkansas court.  She was not a public defender.  No one ordered her to take the case.  An ambitious young lawyer, she was asked by a friend if she would represent the accused, and she agreed.
Oil Odyssey Offers Glimpse of Kurdish Independence in Iraq  —  A tanker containing a million barrels of crude oil is floating around the Mediterranean, and any buyer will be helping Iraq's Kurds to win greater independence.  —  The oil aboard is available at half-price …
Discussion: Israpundit, Bloomberg View and The Dish
Dana Ford / CNN:
Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage  —  The Rev. Tony Larsen and his partner, Craig Matheus, are refused a marriage license by Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen, right, in the clerk's office in Racine, Wisconsin, on Friday, June 13.  The county does not grant marriage licenses …
RISE IN FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, INSPECTORS FIND ENTIRE SCHOOL CLASSES VICTIMS  —  School health services in the small Swedish city of Norrköping have found 60 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) among schoolgirls since March, with evidence of mutilation found in all 30 girls in one class, 28 of the most severe form.
Discussion: Allen B. West and Vox Popoli
NY Daily News:
One Marine's mettle  —  In praise of Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter  —  The extraordinary valor of Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter was etched in scar tissue on his face as President Obama awarded him America's highest recognition, the Medal of Honor, for shielding a fellow Marine from a hand grenade with his body.
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Joint Statement From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence …
Discussion: Politico and Techdirt
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kevin McCarthy to F&F crowd: Come visit
Discussion: Washington Post
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ethics panel: Don Young misused funds
Discussion: CNN
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The New Map of the Middle East
Discussion: The Dish and New York Times
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Simon Maloy / Salon:
GOP's sudden scandal-mania: Why criminal probes and infighting are taking over the party
Discussion: ABC News
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Abdication has a price  —  Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda …