U.S. nears talks with Iran on Iraq . . . Reuters
The United States is contemplating talks with its arch enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government in its battle with Sunni Islamist insurgents who routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of the country in the past week.
Critics: Obama indecision hurting . . . Associated Press
Less than three weeks after his May 27 announcement, there is a sudden burst of uncertainty surrounding the way Obama has moved to bring the two conflicts he inherited to a close.
Obama ignored plea to keep troops . . . Washington Times
“The Iraqis went from a significant amount of intelligence on what was taking place, and the screen just went blank,” said Retired Army Gen. John M. Keane.
Rogers: Battle will come to America . . . Newsmax
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers warned Sunday that if the militants taking control of a vast swath of Syria and Iraq are not stopped, they will bring the battle to America and Europe.
U.S. begins evacuating embassy . . . New York Times
The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week
GOP blasts IRS lost emails excuse . . . Examiner
Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said it shouldn’t have taken a year for the IRS to tell Congress that it didn’t have all of Ms. Lerner’s emails.
Claim undermined by testimony . . . Sharyl Attkisson
What IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified about the emails at a hearing in March appears to be at odds with his agency’s newer reported claims that the emails are irretrievable.
IRS Scandal grows Nixonian . . . Joseph Curl
The there was an 18½-minute gap — this time, a 26-month gap.
WH immigration story falls apart . . . Byron York
Whether or not many people noticed, this was the week in which the Obama administration’s attempts to deflect blame for the border crisis fell apart.
Is Obama done with Washington? . . . The Hill
The 44th president has never been the capital’s biggest fan, but his frustration with life in D.C. is bubbling to the surface in ways both casual and substantive.
Bill Clinton most admired recent prez . . . NBC News
Forty-two percent of respondents picked Clinton as the president they admired the most of the presidents from the last 25 years.
Romney: Hillary is clueless . . . Yahoo News
Her tenure as secretary of state was ‘a monumental bust,’ former GOP nominee says
Dems not enthusiastic about Hillary . . . CNN
Most Democrats say they’d support Hillary Clinton if she wins their party’s nomination, but a new national survey indicates only a minority are excited about that prospect.