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Morning Must Reads: June 16

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the News: Militants claim Iraqi soldier massacre; GOP urges military action; House leadership race heats up; VA staffers open up about scandals; and Russia cuts of Ukraine gas

  • ISIS claims massacre of 1,700 Iraqi soldiers [TIME]
  • Iraq crisis pulls in U.S. and Iran as violent militants capture more cities [CNN]
  • Republicans urge military action in Iraq [USA Today]
  • Obama’s Bush hangover [Politico]
  • House Leadership race: Raul Labrador aims to upset race for House Majority Leader [TIME]
  • Rep. Eric Cantor talks loss, what’s next on Sunday shows [ABC]
  • “The last best hope for the tea party to win a House leadership post after the stunning primary defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) is the race for majority whip, the House’s third-ranking position.” [Washington Post]
  • “Candidates for whip and their backers worked through the weekend to build support, but it’s not clear if the current leader — Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise — has the votes to win it outright on the first ballot. Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois is close behind, while Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana is trying to cash in on unhappiness with the other two.” [Politico]
  • V.A. punished critics on staff, doctors assert [NYT]
  • “Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic.” [Reuters]





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