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8:45 AM ET, June 30, 2014


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James Risen / New York Times:
Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater  —  WASHINGTON — Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor's operations in Iraq.  But the inquiry was abandoned …
Adam Serwer /
Men's rights conference takes aim at feminism  —  ST. CLAIR SHORES, Michigan - At what was billed as the first annual international conference on men's issues, feminists were ruining everything.  —  “I call it the evil empire,” Erin Pizzey, the British founder of one of the first domestic violence shelters …
CBS New York:
Violent Weekend Leaves 21 Shot Across The Five Boroughs  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - It was a violent night in New York City after at least 21 people were shot in incidents spanning each of the five boroughs.  —  As CBS 2′s Janelle Burrell reported, one of the shootings happened on Staten Island …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
How Hillary Won Over the Skeptical Left  —  The surprising source of Clinton's invincibility  —  Jay Brown is a blunt-talking doctor from Ames, Iowa, the kind of guy who believes the biggest threats to the republic are the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, and the corporatization of politics.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Rove blasts Obama's executive actions: ‘This is imperial power’  —  Karl Rove, a former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, said Sunday that President Obama takes greater liberties with his executive power than his predecessor did.  —  Speaking to “Fox News Sunday,” …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama to ask for more than $2 billion in emergency funds to stem immigration influx
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jeffrey Toobin Tells Americans To Be ‘Grateful’ That Dick Cheney Is Back On Their TVs  —  CNN guest host Jeffrey Toobin and two of the network's military analysts concluded on Sunday that America should be “grateful” that former Vice President Dick Cheney was doing interviews …
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas  —  Two years ago Kansas embarked on a remarkable fiscal experiment: It sharply slashed income taxes without any clear idea of what would replace the lost revenue.  Sam Brownback, the governor, proposed the legislation — in percentage terms …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS staredown not going away  —  A top GOP investigator and former IRS official Lois Lerner's lawyer squared off on Sunday, underscoring that the battle over the agency's improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups isn't going anywhere this election year.  —  House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa …
Associated Press:
Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in US  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Barack Carter  —  Obama is leaving America weaker on the world stage than Carter did  —  It's now official: On foreign policy, Barack Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter.  —  For decades, Carter's presidency was synonymous with weakness on the world stage.  The late 1970's was the era …
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
Daily Mail:
‘Infidels must wear red collars and shave heads’: ‘Nazi’ vision of Muslim Britain from Imam who ran ‘Isis’ barbecue in Cardiff park  —  A radical hate preacher linked to the ‘brainwashing’ of three Welsh young jihadis fighting in Iraq and Syria has outlined his chilling vision of a Nazi-style …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Vox Popoli
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama's ‘woe is me’ attitude  —  President Barack Obama prepares to speak at the Brandenburg Gate on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.  —  Say this for President Obama: He's got an uncanny ability to block out distractions and keep his eye on the ball.  —  Facing a horrific expansion …
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Washington Post
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Canada pulls the plug on the U.S. Keystone Pipeline - will send oil to Asia
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Unions Fear This SCOTUS Case Could Bring Their ‘Final Destruction’
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Rogers: Benghazi suspect ‘compliant but not cooperative’
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Clinton on pot laws: ‘I like where it is’
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Target ISIS: First batch of Russian fighter jets arrives in Iraq
Discussion: ParaPundit
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Tea party leader Mark Mayfield suicide: A sign of politics ‘beyond the pale’? (+video)
Discussion: Althouse
Sophie Gilbert / The Atlantic Online:
Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment