By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama announced that the U.S. will help Iraq in its fight against ISIS, but will not send ground troops. Raul Labrador announced that he will face off against Kevin McCarthy for the position of House majority leader. You're probably watching soccer right now.
OBAMA: U.S. WILL HELP IRAQ, BUT WON'T SEND TROOPS. "Ultimately, it's up to the Iraqis as a sovereign nation to solve their problems," the president said. "This should be a wake-up call." Intelligence-gathering will take a few days, and Obama is considering a "range of options" (Resnick and Waddell, NJ). Meanwhile, a prominent Shiite cleric's call to arms nudges the country further in the direction of a sectarian civil war (Rubin, al-Salhy, and Cowell; NYT).
RAUL LABRADOR WILL COMPETE FOR CANTOR'S POST. Labrador, R-Idaho, is the underdog in the race for House majority leader. But did he just enter the race to prove a point? (Tim Alberta, NJ)
UKRAINE CLAIMS RUSSIAN TANKS CROSSED INTO THE COUNTRY. Three tanks entered Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region, according to the country's acting interior minister, and were attacked by Ukrainian forces. The military claimed to have destroyed two of the vehicles (CNN). Meanwhile, Ukraine is preparing to have its gas shut off: Russia rejected an E.U.-backed price proposal and will stop supplying gas on Monday if it does not receive payment (Krasnolutska, Shiryaevskaya, and Mazneva; Bloomberg).
THIS WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Eric Cantor, Michael McCaul, and Luis Gutierrez will appear on ABC's This Week. Mitt Romney will appear on NBC's Meet the Press. Lindsey Graham and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will appear on CBS's Face the Nation. Cantor, Graham, Adam Kinzinger, and Tulsi Gabbard will appear on CNN's State of the Union. Greg Walden, Tom Price, and Mike Rogers will appear on Fox News Sunday. World Cup schedule here.
SEN. THAD COCHRAN EITHER FORGOT OR DIDN'T KNOW CANTOR LOST. Asked about the upset in Virginia, the senator responded, "I don't know what you're talking about. What happened in Virginia?" Cochran may have already commented on the race the day before (Abby Ohlheiser, The Wire).
CAMPAIGN AGAINST CANTOR A COORDINATED EFFORT? A Democratic strategist tells a story of collusion with the tea party to oust the House majority leader (Brian Umana, WaPo). On a larger scale, though, it seems unlikely that Democrats crossed over to vote against Cantor (Nate Cohn, NYT Upshot).
WILL YOU HAVE TO BID FOR THE LAST TABLE AT YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT? Priceline will buy OpenTable for $2.6 billion to move into the restaurant-reservation business. OpenTable shares will sell at a 46 percent premium over Thursday's closing price (Samantha Sharf, Forbes).
FATHERHOOD LEAVES YOU "SICKER, BUSIER, AND POSSIBLY EVEN LONELIER THAN EVER." So please don't forget to call Dad on Sunday (Richard Dorment, Esquire).
SLO-MO MAKES THE WORLD'S BEST FOOTBALLERS LOOK EVEN BETTER. Superstars from Brazil, Spain, and Portugal dance with a soccer ball in front of your disbelieving eyes (NYT Magazine).
THIS MAYORAL CAMPAIGN VIDEO LOOKS A LOT LIKE A WES ANDERSON FILM. "The Wes Anderson schtick may well be the liberal equivalent of shooting a gun in your campaign ad" (Emma Roller, NJ).
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