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10:45 AM ET, June 22, 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 …
Katie Pavlich /
IRS Official Whose Emails Were “Lost” Visited White House More Than 30 Times
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
The IRS Had a Contract With an Email Backup Company
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
About Those Missing Emails
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
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
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
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
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: ABC News and The Week
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
Richard Trumka / The Hill:
We need comprehensive immigration reform now  —  This city is abuzz over the politics of immigration, with excited, occasionally valid speculation swirling about Eric Cantor, calendars, last-minute deals, and the like.  —  That's what Washington does.  That's OK.
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
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.
Discussion: Power Line
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
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.
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Embattled Gov. Chris Christie Defends Embattled Gov. Scott Walker  —  Gov. Chris Christie, who is fighting for his political life over his Bridgegate scandal came out defending Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who's knee deep in the John Doe corruption case.
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Jonathan Turley / Washington Post:
The patent office goes out of bounds in Redskins trademark case  —  Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro professor of public interest law at George Washington University and has testified in Congress about the shift of power in the federal system to federal agencies.
Discussion: The Week
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Ex-NSA Chief Pitches Banks Costly Advice on Cyber-Attacks
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Secret U.S. Plan to Aid Iraq Fizzled Amid Mutual Distrust
Discussion: Hot Air and Fox News
David Montgomery / Argus Leader:
S.D. Republican Party calls for Obama impeachment
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Klint Finley / Wired:
Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Patent Trolls
Discussion: Hit & Run
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Every Senior V.A. Executive Was Rated ‘Fully Successful’ or Better Over 4 Years
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Ralph Reed: Those who oppose same-sex marriage can draw lessons from fight against slavery