The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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By Maya Rhodan
June 17, 2014
  • U.S. deploys over 200 troops to Iraq Monday; U.S. and Iranian diplomats meet [TIME]
  • “U.S. and Iranian officials discussed the crisis in Vienna on the sidelines of separate negotiations about the Iranian nuclear program, the two sides each said. Both ruled out military cooperation. A U.S. official said the talks did not include military coordination and would not make “strategic determinations” over the heads of Iraqis.” [Reuters]
  • Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say [Washington Post]
  • GOP Congressman: Obama impeachment “probably could” pass the House [BuzzFeed]
  • Supreme Court rules against “straw purchasers” of guns [USA Today]
  • “The Internal Revenue Service commissioner will testify before two House committees next week about the agency’s disclosure that it lost thousands of emails sought by investigators looking into accusations of politically motivated misconduct by the agency, the committees said Monday.” [NYT]
  • “… because in an age where every teenager is taught that sent emails live forever somewhere in the electronic ether, Lerner’s hard-drive crash apparently managed to obliterate all record of her written electronic communications from Jan. 1, 2009, to April 2011 with anyone outside the IRS. That fact, reported Friday by the IRS to Congress, has infuriated Republicans in the Senate and House.” [TIME]
  • Wealthy Clintons use trusts to limit estate tax they back [Bloomberg]
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court handed Argentina a major setback in its long-running battle with a small group of determined creditors, heightening the risk the country will default for the second time in 13 years.” [WSJ]
  • Obama will propose vast swath expansion of Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary [Washington Post]
  • Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight [Politico]
  • These aren’t refugee camps. They’re concentration camps, and people are dying in them [TIME]
  • The unelectable whiteness of Scott Walker [New Republic]
  • World Cup 2014: USA wins World Cup opener, toppling Ghana 2-1 [SI]

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