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2:25 PM ET, June 23, 2014


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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
COCHRAN CAMPAIGN STAFFER ARRESTED FOR STEALING CAMPAIGN SIGNS  —  BILOXI, Mississippi — A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) re-election campaign was fired after he was arrested and accused by police of stealing campaign signs for Cochran's primary opponent, state senator Chris McDaniel.
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:
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Says ISIS Threat Could Hasten Military Action
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court: EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, with some limits  —  The Supreme Court on Monday mostly validated the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to regulate power plant and factory emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, while imposing some limits on the agency's reach.
Discussion: New York Times and
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
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.
Fox News:
Sudanese mom sentenced to die for Christian faith is freed  —  Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani married in a formal church ceremony in 2011.  —  Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who gave birth in a Khartoum prison after being sentenced to death in May for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity …
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,” …
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.
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
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
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
The Consequences of Syria  —  The Syrian civil war is no longer the Syrian civil war.  It's a regional war that started in Syria, has expanded into Lebanon and Iraq, and has drawn in the Iranians and to a lesser extent the Kurds and the Israelis.  —  Wars in North Africa tend to stay local …
Elliott Abrams / Politico:
The Man Who Broke the Middle East
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Instapundit
Roger Clegg / National Review:
We Just Don't Need Section 5 Anymore  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Wednesday about legislation to negate the Supreme Court's decision a year ago in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down the coverage formula for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.
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
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama Flips on Immunity for U.S. Troops in Iraq  —  American forces could be prosecuted by Iraq's famously compromised courts as they defend Baghdad.  No wonder the Pentagon is so reluctant to send 'em.  —  President Obama pulled U.S. forces out of Iraq in 2011 because he couldn't get Iraq's parliament …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Bill Clinton Adds Voice to Wife's Support of Gay Rights  —  Former President Bill Clinton, in a video message to be broadcast this week, says he was “honored and grateful to be among the voices urging” the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, the measure he signed into law in 1996 …
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Responsible Gun Owner Of The Day Was Showing Off His Gun When He Shot Himself In The Head  —  Remember when we used to play shoot 'em up, shoot 'em up, bang bang, baby?  —  No charges filed in North Carolina after two grown men were carelessly playing with guns.
Discussion: Liberaland
Barack Obama / The Huffington Post:
Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They're Basic Needs  —  As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.  —  That's the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families, which is taking place today.
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Sam Webb / Daily Mail:
The jihadist schoolboy dubbed ‘Osama Bin Bieber’: Teenager from Coventry 'fighting alongside …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Vice Has Many Media Giants Salivating, but Its Terms Will Be Rich
David Denney / Chism Strategies:
Newly Released MEMO: Final Track of the US Senate MS GOP Primary Runoff
Discussion: Firedoglake
Cathy Young / Reason:
California's Absurd Intervention Over Dorm Room Sex
Discussion: Washington Post and Hit & Run
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
 Earlier Items: 
Abby W. Schachter / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Your bedroom instead of a dorm room
Discussion: Moe Lane
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Rangel caught littering
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein To Death Has Been Executed By ISIS, Local Media Reports
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Welcome to Dave Brat's America: Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Kill the Export-Import Bank
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Here are the 12 most competitive Senate races in the country
Discussion: Hot Air