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2:45 PM ET, June 29, 2014


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Sara Fischer / CNN:
Controversy grows over prosecution of alleged Benghazi attack mastermind  —  (CNN) - While the suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi is now on U.S. soil, the political fallout related to his prosecution may just be beginning.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Rogers: Benghazi suspect ‘compliant but not cooperative’  —  (CNN) — Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Sunday the suspect in the Benghazi attacks “likely” did not provide useful intelligence during his two-week detention aboard a ship to the United States.
Discussion: Politico
Sophie Gilbert / The Atlantic Online:
Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment  —  It was probably legal.  But was it ethical?  —  Updated, 7:45 p.m. Eastern.  —  Facebook's News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not a perfect mirror of the world.
Facebook Conducted Psychological Experiments On Unknowing Users  —  The latest way that Facebook has been peeking into its users' personal lives may be the most surprising yet: Facebook researches have published a scientific paper that reveals the company has been conducting psychological experiments …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Obama to Seek Funds to Stem Border Crossings and Speed Deportations  —  President Obama will ask Congress to provide more than $2 billion in new funds to control the surge of illegal Central American migrants at the South Texas border, and to grant broader powers for immigration officials …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing News
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama to ask for more than $2 billion in emergency funds to stem immigration influx  —  The Obama administration, in a dramatic escalation of its border-control strategy, will seek  —  more than $2 billion in emergency funds to help stem an influx of Central American women and children entering …
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Arizona Professor Body Slammed By Police During Jaywalking Stop, Now Charged With Assaulting Officer  —  A new video shows Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor at Arizona State University, body slammed by a police officer after being stopped for jaywalking near campus.
PELOSI ON THE BORDER: WE HAVE TO USE THIS ‘CRISIS’ AS AN ‘OPPORTUNITY’  —  Saturday at a press conference from the Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed her tour of a border holding facility and addressed the humanitarian crisis of thousands unaccompanied minors flooding across …
Elizabeth Espinosa / Valley Central:
Pelosi: “It's not a crisis, it's an opportunity”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Target ISIS: First batch of Russian fighter jets arrives in Iraq  —  The first ten Russian Sukhoi fighter jets arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the country's Defense Ministry said.  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference in the fight against ISIS.
Discussion: ParaPundit
Iraq crisis: Kurdish region closes crossings to Iraqis fleeing Mosul conflict
Discussion: Hot Air and Associated Press
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's money woes  —  Please consider this in the nature of a friendly intervention.  You have a money problem.  It's time to deal with it before it gets worse.  —  Actually, you have two money problems.  The first is how you talk about it.  The second is how you collect it …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Clinton on pot laws: ‘I like where it is’  —  Bill Clinton says the federal government should shy away from legalization of marijuana for now — but that states should continue to experiment with their own “Rocky Mountain high.”  —  The former president, in a taped interview in Denver …
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Guess Who Else Had Mysteriously Missing Emails: Sarah Palin  —  Like nearly every other conservative with a public platform, Sarah Palin has been using former IRS official Lois Lerner's missing emails as a tool to attack the Obama administration.  But of all people, perhaps Palin …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Obama sees ‘serious threat’ to the U.S. from trained terrorists  —  The United States has been “under serious threat” from terrorists during his entire presidency, President Barack Obama says.  —  In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos aired Sunday on “This Week,” …
Discussion: CNN
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Tea party leader Mark Mayfield suicide: A sign of politics ‘beyond the pale’? (+video)  —  ATLANTA — Mark Mayfield, a respected lawyer and tea party operative in Mississippi, has died after being accused of taking part in an unseemly, Watergate-like conspiracy to undermine long-time Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign.
Discussion: Althouse
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Cortney O'Brien /
McConnell Says He'd be a ‘Better Scheduler’ Than Harry Reid at Pro-life Convention
Discussion: The Hill and The Moderate Voice
Joseph E. Stiglitz / New York Times:
Inequality Is Not Inevitable  —  AN insidious trend has developed …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
What ‘stand your ground’ laws actually mean
Discussion: Hot Air
Caleb Howe / Truth Revolt:
Obama: Republicans Don't Do Anything But Call Me Names! [VIDEO]
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Taliban Mount Major Assault in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Jason Newman / Rolling Stone:
Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead at 70
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Matt Drudge gives rare interview on WTOP Friday
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico