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10:25 PM ET, June 13, 2014


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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
On Iraq, let's ignore those who got it all wrong  —  At noon today, President Obama issued his first statement on the deteriorating situation on Iraq.  “This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge,” he said.  “The United States will do our part, but understand that ultimately it's …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
McCain Iraq interview gets heated  —  Sen. John McCain continued his blistering attack on President Barack Obama's handling of Iraq on Friday, again calling for his entire national security team to be replaced and saying his decisions have been very costly.  —  “The president wanted …
Washington Post:
Volunteers flock to defend Baghdad as insurgents seize more Iraqi territory  —  IRBIL, Iraq — Shiite clerics called on Iraqi civilians Friday to take up arms against advancing Sunni insurgents inspired by al-Qaeda, drawing the battle lines for a major sectarian confrontation in the fracturing state.
Obama says no combat troops to Iraq; U.S. weighs airstrikes  —  Washington (CNN) — No troops to Iraq, but other options are being considered.  —  That was President Barack Obama's message Friday in response to the lightning advance by Sunni militant fighters in Iraq that could threaten …
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's remarks on the crisis in Iraq
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. won't intervene in Iraq in absence of political reform by Iraqis, Obama says
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says He Will Decide on Military Support for Iraq in ‘Days Ahead’
CNN:   Iran sends forces to Iraq as ISIS militants press forward, official says
Fazel Hawramy / Guardian:
Kurdish peshmerga seize a chaotic victory in Kirkuk
Discussion: Business Insider, The Dish and RedState
Brian Umana / Washington Post:
I'm a Democrat and I helped the tea party unseat Eric Cantor  —  People are baffled today that Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, lost his job when he lost his GOP primary Tuesday night.  A common refrain is, how could this have happened?  (Sample headline: “Why Did Cantor Lose?
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
David Brat and Jack Trammell show unease in the spotlight
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
IRS Claims to Have Lost Over 2 Years of Lerner Emails  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 - April 2011.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claimed Friday that it cannot produce Lois Lerner's emails to and from the White House and other administration departments due to a supposed computer crash.  —  The IRS previously agreed to hand over all of the ex-IRS official's emails from 2009 to 2011 …
Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC  —  Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the agreement told POLITICO.  —  Clinton, who joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: ‘Liberating’ to speak my mind  —  Hillary Clinton said Friday that she's “totally done” curbing her speech for political reasons and finds her new perspective “liberating,” following a week of bruising headlines over missteps in her first round of interviews to promote her new book.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
ABC News:
House GOP Conservative in Long-Shot Leadership Bid
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Scott Walker declines to define stand on gay marriage today  —  For years, Gov. Scott Walker has been a rock-solid proponent of traditional marriage between one man and one woman.  —  As Milwaukee County executive, he opposed efforts to provide health care benefits to the gay partners of county employees.
Police: Waffle House employee shoots, kills customer  —  FULTON COUNTY, Ga. —  Police say a Waffle House cook shot and killed a customer after an argument Friday morning.  —  Officers said they were called to the restaurant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Shirley Drive just after 4:30 a.m.
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
The fall of teachers unions  —  As the two big national teachers unions prepare for their conventions this summer, they are struggling to navigate one of the most tumultuous moments in their history.  —  Long among the most powerful forces in American politics, the unions are contending …
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Alex Jones & Larry Pratt: Obama Training Military To Attack Tea Party  —  Conspiracy nut Alex Jones says the Obama administration has been hot on the heels of the Tea Party movement and will use tanks, drones and everything else to mount an attack on them.  —  Ever since the Bush administration …
Discussion: Liberaland and Right Wing Watch
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton's Gay-Marriage Problem  —  Until 2013, she held a position that lots of Democratic voters now regard as deeply wrongheaded.  Some even insist that it is hateful and bigoted.  —  Hillary Clinton didn't refrain from supporting same-sex marriage for political reasons-prior to last year …
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
After hours of strife, lawmakers pass budget without Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Juliet Williams / Associated Press:
Christie Disagrees With Perry on Gay Comparison
Discussion: CNN
Emma Green / The Atlantic Online:
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Russia Sent Tanks to Separatists in Ukraine, U.S. Says
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Feds To Lift Ban On Federal Employee Insurance Coverage Of Sex-Reassignment Surgery
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