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12:20 PM ET, June 23, 2014


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Washington Post:
Iraqi military facing ‘psychological collapse’ after losses, desertions  —  Iraqis prepare to fight militants  —  After militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took Mosul and other Iraqi cities, the government issued a call for volunteers to join the army.  Many Iraqis answered.
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
CHOICES AT THE TOP  —  President Obama won the White House in part by promising to end the war in Iraq, and since then he placed his faith in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to help him do so.  It was Maliki who would hold together the state that the Americans had helped build.
Discussion: Fox News
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry in Baghdad to Urge Iraqis to Form New, Inclusive Government
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
In Mississippi, Jenny Beth Martin and Tea Party Patriots try to prove their worth  —  Never mind that it's 92 degrees and nearing the end of the day: Jenny Beth Martin has started jogging between houses.  —  “I've gotta get my steps,” she calls back to the rented Suburban with the Florida license plates …
New York Times:
Conservatives Plan to Use Poll Watchers in Mississippi  —  WASHINGTON — As Senator Thad Cochran, the veteran Republican, fights for his political life in Mississippi by taking the unexpected step of courting black Democrats, conservative organizations working to defeat him are planning …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
QUESTIONS MOUNT ABOUT EFFORT TO DRIVE DEMOCRAT VOTES FOR COCHRAN  —  CLEVELAND, Mississippi — “I still think the slaves should get their 40 acres and a mule,” LeeRoy Carter, a black preacher who's working to get out the vote among black Democrats for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) for the GOP primary runoff, told Breitbart News on Thursday.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Inside the vast liberal conspiracy  —  Picture this: millionaires and billionaires gathering under tight security in fancy hotels with powerful politicians and operatives to plot how their network of secret-money groups can engineer a permanent realignment of American politics.  —  Only, it's not the Koch brothers.
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite, Hot Air and Poynter
Ferdous Al-Faruque / The Hill:
Send back troops to Iraq, Cheney says  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he wants U.S. troops back in Iraq to halt Sunni militants now conquering large parts of the country and support resistance fighters in Syria.  —  “When we're arguing over 300 advisors, when the request …
Discussion: The Dish and
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Paul: US has been arming ISIS in Syria
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:   Rand Paul: We Created ‘Jihadist Wonderland’ In Iraq
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Conservatives and Climate Change  —  On Sunday Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an Op-Ed article about climate policy in The New York Times.  In the article, he declared that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our time,” …
Jedediah Purdy / The Daily Beast:
God Save the United States From This Anti-Democratic Court  —  Operating on elitism and mystique, America's highest court is increasingly a threat to our ideal of self-government—leading to an important debate about how to fix it.  —  Should a self-respecting democracy have a Supreme Court like ours …
Discussion: Althouse and Booman Tribune
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy may be the middleman in the gun-rights debate
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and SCOTUSblog
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany  —  More than 20 firefighters free exchange student from the artwork Chacán-Pi (Making Love) by Fernando de la Jara in Tübingen  —  In the space of 24 hours last week, two spectacular rescue operations were carried out in southern Germany.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Elliott Abrams / Politico:
The Man Who Broke the Middle East  —  There's always Tunisia.  Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story.  But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia's turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings.
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Instapundit
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
The Consequences of Syria  —  The Syrian civil war is no longer the Syrian civil war.
Abby W. Schachter / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Your bedroom instead of a dorm room  —  President Obama gets points for properly assessing the problem with student loan debt.  He acknowledges that too many students earning a bachelor's degree (71 percent) graduate with debt that is so burdensome (averaging $29,400) that many delay important milestones …
Discussion: Moe Lane
CBS News:
Poll: Many Americans wary of U.S. role in Iraq  —  Shares -  —  NEW YORK — Fifty percent of Americans think the U.S. doesn't have a responsibility to do something about the recent violence in Iraq, while fewer - 42 percent — think the U.S. does, a CBS News/New York Times poll reveals.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Discussion: Business Insider
David Denney / Chism Strategies:
Newly Released MEMO: Final Track of the US Senate MS GOP Primary Runoff … Re: US Senate MS GOP Primary Runoff  —  Last night we conducted the final track of our MS Senate GOP runoff surveys.  We surveyed 697 voters statewide.  The MOE (margin of error) was +/- 3.8%.
Discussion: Firedoglake
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Court Convicts 3 Al Jazeera Journalists  —  CAIRO — A judge on Monday convicted three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in Egypt.  —  Two of the journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison, and the third was given 10 years …
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
While Hillary Decides, Martin O'Malley's Embracing Latinos And Immigrants  —  He says he doesn't want to talk about it, but 2016 is coming.  Prominent Latinos and immigration advocates see a record they like.  —  CASA de Maryland.  Composite by Chris Ritter/BuzzFeed
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Welcome to Dave Brat's America: Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Kill the Export-Import Bank  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL ECONOMY KEVIN MCCARTHY CORPORATE WELFARE CRONYISM EXPORT IMPORT BANK DAVE BRAT  —  House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Congress should let the Export-Import Bank expire …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Cathy Young / Reason:
California's Absurd Intervention Over Dorm Room Sex
Discussion: Washington Post and Hit & Run
Eli Yokley / Joplin Globe:
Ignite Church attempts to recruit young men by giving away AR-15
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATE] ‘Medill F’ for Northwestern? ‘Integrated’ is misspelled on diplomas
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Poll: Lankford holds narrow lead over Shannon
Kristen Mitchell / The Columbus Dispatch:
Abortion battles may increase in Ohio
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shakesville
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Kevin McCarthy talks Iraq, future of the GOP; latest on IRS scandal
Discussion: Doug Ross and PoliticusUSA
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Rangel caught littering
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Virginia's governor claims he can expand Medicaid on his own say-so
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Tovar / Walmart Corporate:
Fact Check: The New York Times “The Corporate Daddy”
Discussion: Hit & Run, AEIdeas and The Daily Caller
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein To Death Has Been Executed By ISIS, Local Media Reports
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Encouraging Family-Friendly Work Policies
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Here are the 12 most competitive Senate races in the country
Discussion: Hot Air