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  • Battle for Iraq refinery as U.S. hesitates to strike [Reuters]
  • Harry Reid: Never take advice from Dick Cheney on wars [ABC News]
  • Will Afghanistan be Iraq redux? [Politico]
  • “Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists were locked in fierce fighting in the east of Ukraine on Thursday after rebels rejected a call to lay down their arms in line with a peace plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko, government forces said.” [Reuters]
  • Investors focus on Yellen’s message, not Fed forecast [Bloomberg]
  • Rick Perry’s ‘Groundhog Day’ [NYT]
  • Looks like Brian Schweitzer just messed up his chances of a Democratic nomination [TIME]
  • The unified theory of Hillary Clinton [National Journal]
  • “One word – ‘Iraq’ – was never mentioned at former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s official portrait unveiling with Secretary of State John Kerry.” [Politico]
  • “With House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) expected to easily ascend on Thursday to the Majority Leader role being vacated by Eric Cantor (Va.) in July, the scramble by the three candidates hoping to replace McCarthy dominated the Capitol’s marble halls on Wednesday.” [Washington Post]
  • ” … the departure of Mr. Cantor, who had positioned himself as the inevitable successor to Mr. Boehner, significantly altered the dynamic of future House Republican leadership politics. The coming months will determine who can emerge as heir apparent to Mr. Boehner in the absence of Mr. Cantor and get established as the new voice and face of the House majority.” [NYT]
  • House panel tells CEO that GM’s not fixed yet [USA Today]
  • Former envoy pipes up conservative chorus of ‘told you so’ on Iraq [NYT]
  • Republicans are talking differently about climate change [National Journal]
  • It’s time for the Redskins to change their name—or be buffoons [TIME]

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