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12:25 PM ET, June 22, 2014


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ABC News:
Obama: Threat From Iraq Militants Could Grow  —  Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama warned Sunday.  —  The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State …
Discussion: CNN
Four western Iraqi towns fall to advancing ISIS militants  —  Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — A strategic border crossing and three other towns in western Iraq fell Saturday to the control of ISIS militants, a senior Iraqi security official said.  —  In addition to their offensives in northern Iraq …
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
CORRECTION: IRELAND-CHILDREN'S MASS GRAVES STORY  —  DUBLIN (AP) — In stories published June 3 and June 8 about young children buried in unmarked graves after dying at a former Irish orphanage for the children of unwed mothers, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the children …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Edward Klein / New York Post:
Inside the jealous feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’ Clintons  —  In his new book, “Blood Feud,” journalist Edward Klein gets inside the dysfunctional, jealous relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama — and how it could explode in 2016.
Discussion: Power Line, Weasel Zippers and Moe Lane
Henry M. Paulson Jr / New York Times:
Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession  —  THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting.  And if there's one thing I've learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage.
Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. faces ‘massive game’ against Portugal in World Cup  —  Both the U.S. and Portugal will go a long way toward determining their World Cup fates when they meet Sunday in the heat and humidity of the Amazon.  —  For the U.S., it's win and go on.  For Portugal, it's win or go home.  —  And a tie?
Katie Glueck / Politico:
McCarthy: Blame Senate, not White House  —  Newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday the Senate, rather than President Barack Obama, is to blame for gridlock in Washington.  —  “I believe you can work with anybody,” the California Republican said on “Fox News Sunday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
How Davis wins by losing  —  Democrats are publicly rooting for Wendy Davis to turn Texas blue.  —  But privately, many of her supporters are resigned to her losing.  And, already, some political operatives are pondering how she can stay politically relevant beyond November.
Discussion: Liberaland
Washington Post:
Democrat-dominated Maryland not quite as liberal as its leaders  —  Candy and Walter Morrison have had it with the taxes and the politicians in Maryland who jack up spending while people can't find decent work.  “We're driving jobs out of the state,” says Walter, a recently retired federal contractor.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90  —  DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it.  Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Peter Lloyd / Telegraph:
Why anonymity for men accused of rape is imperative  —  The witch-hunt suffered by Oxford University's Ben Sullivan shows exactly why men need pre-conviction anonymity in rape trials, writes Peter Lloyd  —  Oxford University students are considered some of the most privileged people in the country.
Discussion: Hot Air
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How are Obama and the IRS getting away with a blatant coverup?  —  To understand the latest outrage in the IRS scandal, mull over what might happen if regulators found significant evidence to implicate Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in an insider trading scheme.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Katie Pavlich /
IRS Official Whose Emails Were “Lost” Visited White House More Than 30 Times
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
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Ex-NSA Chief Pitches Banks Costly Advice on Cyber-Attacks
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hullabaloo
Richard Trumka / The Hill:
We need comprehensive immigration reform now
Jonathan Turley / Washington Post:
The patent office goes out of bounds in Redskins trademark case
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Embattled Gov. Chris Christie Defends Embattled Gov. Scott Walker
Discussion: New Jersey Online
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Stopping a lawless president
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Donald Trump / NY Daily News:
Central Park Five settlement is a ‘disgrace’
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Every Senior V.A. Executive Was Rated ‘Fully Successful’ or Better Over 4 Years
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside the Beltway