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4:10 PM ET, June 20, 2014


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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Hillary Clinton Took Me Through Hell,’ Rape Victim Says  —  The woman at the center of the scandal over Hillary Clinton's defense of an alleged child rapist speaks out in depth for the first time.  —  Hillary Clinton is known as a champion of women and girls …
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
I.R.S. Head and Lawmakers Clash Over Missing Email  —  WASHINGTON — A Congressional hearing examining how the Internal Revenue Service lost thousands of emails sought by investigators turned into a shouting match on Friday, with Republicans on the panel accusing the I.R.S. commissioner of lying.
Discussion: Power Line
Fox News:
IRS boss refuses to apologize over ‘cover-up’ claims ahead of Hill hearing on missing emails  —  June 10, 2014: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen speaks at IRS headquarters in Washington.AP  —  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Friday there is no need for his agency …
A dog ate my e-mails  —  IF YOUR taxes are being audited and you tell the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you just so happen to have lost the records relating to the period in question, you cannot expect much sympathy.  The taxman has heard it all before, and “the dog ate my accounts” gets you nowhere.
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
White House Learned of Lerner's Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress
Gabriel Malor / The Federalist:
A Basic Primer On The Scott Walker Case For Ignorant Reporters  —  I'm going to tell you a true story, and then tell you how the news media is covering it.  —  This is a true story: in 2012, Democratic district attorneys in Wisconsin launched a secret probe known as a John Doe investigation …
Washington Post:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suspected of coordinating with outside groups
Simon Maloy / Salon:
GOP's sudden scandal-mania: Why criminal probes and infighting are taking over the party
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Alberta /
Jeb Hensarling Sees ‘Green Light’ to Run for Leadership in November
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
President Obama took credit in 2012 for withdrawing all troops from Iraq.  Today he said something different.  —  President Obama surprised a few people during a news conference Thursday by claiming that the 2011 decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq, a politically popular move …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
An enclave strategy for Iraq
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:   Abdication has a price  —  Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Obama Has Two Options on Iraq. Both Are Terrible.
The President and Michelle Obama on Work, Family, and Juggling It All  —  This week, America's foreign policy is dominating the headlines, but it's the White House's second-term domestic agenda that's the focus of our Parade cover story.  On Monday, June 23, the President and Mrs. Obama …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Shadowy Obama Megadonor Indicted On Fraud And Manslaughter Charges  —  A California grand jury has indicted Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and 15 of Ahmed's associates in an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance kickback scheme.
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama talks tough to Mexico: Illegal-immigrant children won't get to stay  —  Tells Peña Nieto their countries must work to halt child surge  —  President Obama told his Mexican counterpart in a phone call Thursday that immigrants crossing into the U.S. illegally won't qualify …
James Oliphant /
Welcome to the White House's Nightmare
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Governor Bucks GOP On Medicaid Expansion (UPDATED)  —  Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivering his inaugural address.  —  CREDIT: AP Images/Patrick Semansky  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) plans to move forward with Medicaid expansion even without lawmakers' support, the governor announced on Friday.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The New Map of the Middle East  —  So as I was saying....  First, a bit of housekeeping.  I'm back at The Atlantic full-time.  I'm going to be working mainly on stories for the magazine (I'm thinking of writing something on the case for reparations, for instance), but I'll …
Discussion: The Dish
New York Times:
Cochran Asking Blacks to Rescue Him in Republican Primary  —  JACKSON, Miss. — Bishop Ronnie C. Crudup stood before roughly a dozen of his colleagues at a weekly Baptist fellowship meeting last week and asked for their help in a fight that, until now, would have been unthinkable for a black pastor …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Will Settle Suit for $40 Million  —  The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to resolve …
Andrew Moseman / Popular Mechanics:
Harley—Yes, Harley—is Making an Electric Motorcycle  —  Electric motorcycles have been a niche space for California startups building mean, low-volume machines for buyers who want to save the world on two wheels.  That is about to change.  Today, Harley-Davidson (yes, that Harley-Davidson …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hype Behind the Health Care Scandal  —  You've surely heard about the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A number of veterans found themselves waiting a long time for care, some of them died before they were seen, and some of the agency's employees falsified records to cover up the extent of the problem.
Kurtis Lee / Denver Post:
HICKENLOOPER SILENT ON GUN LAW COMMENTS; SUPPORTERS AND FOES BAFFLED  —  After several days of fallout over his comments on gun control laws to a recent gathering of county sheriffs, Gov. John Hickenlooper has managed to baffle both victims-rights advocates and Second Amendment supporters.
Discussion: The Spot, Clayton Cramer and RedState
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Obamacare ‘good news’ applies only to the poor  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE HHS  —  To hear administration officials and their supporters in the press tell it, this is a great time for Obamacare.  People who signed up for coverage are actually paying for it …
Discussion: The Dish
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ethics panel: Don Young misused funds
Discussion: CNN
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor's Defeat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katie Colaneri / StateImpact Pennsylvania:
Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
The House just overwhelmingly voted to rein in the NSA
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, The Verge and Hit & Run
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
How Dallas County Accidentally Backed Reparations
Discussion: Balloon Juice and theGrio
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
2016 poll: N.H. GOP voters pick Mitt Romney
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Joe Walsh Was Apparently Kicked Off His Own Radio Show For Using Racial Slurs
Discussion: Daily Kos
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Left's Quiet Advance in Democratic Primaries