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11:50 AM 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
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Paul: US has been arming ISIS in Syria
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry in Baghdad to Urge Iraqis to Form New, Inclusive Government
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:   Rand Paul: We Created ‘Jihadist Wonderland’ In Iraq
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Drudge Report:
BOOK: HILLARY HAS BAD HEART  —  A new provocative work by bestselling author Ed Klein claims Hillary Clinton's health problems are much more severe than she has publicly revealed!  —  “She had managed to keep her medical history secret out of fear that, should it become public …
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Hillary Clinton Says She Isn't ‘Truly Well Off’
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,” …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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
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
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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
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Kevin McCarthy talks Iraq, future of the GOP; latest on IRS scandal
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Rangel caught littering
Washington Post:
Virginia's governor claims he can expand Medicaid on his own say-so
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
David Tovar / Walmart Corporate:
Fact Check: The New York Times “The Corporate Daddy”
Discussion: 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
Discussion: Politico
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Welcome to Dave Brat's America: Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Kill the Export-Import Bank
Discussion: Moe Lane
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Here are the 12 most competitive Senate races in the country
Discussion: Hot Air
Elliott Abrams / Politico:
The Man Who Broke the Middle East
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Instapundit