TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: June 20

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

In the News: Iraqi forces preparing for battle; House leadership shakeup—Tea Party gets a seat; Criminal scheme will haunt Gov. Scott Walker; Pope Francis says no to legalized pot; and Detroit's getting $195 million

  • “Iraqi forces were massing north of Baghdad on Friday, aiming to strike back at Sunni Islamists whose drive toward the capital prompted the United States to send military advisers to stiffen government resistance.” [Reuters] ICYMI: Obama sending special forces to Iraq
  • An American attack on ISIS could mean retaliation back home [TIME]
  • Ukraine said to unveil peace plan as clashes intensify [USA Today]
  • Tea Party gets a seat in House leadership [TIME]
  • Conservatives not satisfied with House GOP outcome [The Hill]
  • Planned trips test Chris Christie’s 2016 politics [WSJ]
  • More on Gov. Christie from Esquire: Prosecutor closing in on Gov. Christie
  • “Prosecutors allege Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican state senators facing recall elections during 2011 and 2012, according to documents unsealed Thursday.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
  • “Criminal scheme” will haunt Scott Walker [TIME]
  • Another governor preparing for 2016? Rick Perry [TIME]
  • Brian Schweitzer: “I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard,” the Democrat posted to his Facebook page Thursday afternoon. [Politico]
  • Same-sex couples getting more federal benefits [TIME]
  • Cochran asking blacks to save him in Republican primary [NYT]
  • Pope Francis says no to legalizing marijuana [AP]
  • “Gov. Rick Snyder will travel to the Globe building in Detroit on Friday to sign a package of bills that will send $194.5 million to Detroitto help the city emerge from bankruptcy.” [Detroit Free Press]

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