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12:55 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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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: Power Line
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
White House announces funding to address immigrant surge  —  (Reuters) - The White House on Friday announced tens of millions of dollars of new funding and expanded enforcement facilities to step up efforts to deal with the surge of children arriving illegally from Central America.
Discussion: Guardian
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, The Dish and Bloomberg View
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
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.
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Dana Ford / CNN:
Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Royalties and Teaching Help Fill Bank Accounts of Justices, Report Says
Discussion: Althouse
NY Daily News:
One Marine's mettle  —  In praise of Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter
Joint Statement From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence …
Discussion: Politico and Techdirt
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The New Map of the Middle East
Discussion: The Dish and New York Times
Simon Maloy / Salon:
GOP's sudden scandal-mania: Why criminal probes and infighting are taking over the party
Discussion: ABC News