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3:05 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 …
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
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: Weasel Zippers
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
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: Power Line
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
Douglas Ernst / Washington Times:
Army's Apache under assault: PC police call helicopter's name racist  —  Veterans aren't happy with a recent op-ed by the Washington Post, which charged that the Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa military vehicles were a “greater symbolic injustice” than the NFL's Washington Redskins' name.
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
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Obama to Seek Funds to Stem Border Crossings and Speed Deportations
World Cup 2014: USA players families told to make plans for final  —  The USA coach Jürgen Klinsmann has told his players to change their families' return flights from Brazil until after the World Cup final.  —  USA face Belgium in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday after emerging …
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
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.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Why Democrats insist on lying about how ‘poor’ they are  —  Hillary Clinton claimed that, at the moment she and her husband were signing up for $18 million in book deals, that they were “dead broke.”  —  Harry Reid (who lives in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) said liberals are getting bullied …
Discussion: Reuters and Weasel Zippers
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's money woes
Elizabeth Espinosa / Valley Central:
Pelosi: “It's not a crisis, it's an opportunity”  —  Leader Pelosi.  Any questions?  —  Q: Have you found any common ground in the House of Representatives with the Republicans to try to reach some sort of, you know - can you speak on that: common ground?  Have you found any common ground given the situation after your visit?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Kim Tingley / New York Times:
The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F.
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Rogers: Benghazi suspect ‘compliant but not cooperative’
Discussion: Politico
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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