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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The worst excuse ever: The Rhodes memo debacle  —  The White House damage control on the latest batch of Benghazi emails is not going well.  The White House's belated release of the documents at the very least show it has been actively evading legitimate congressional requests for relevant information.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Can Obama get his groove back?  —  It's been more than a year since President Obama saw his approval rating hit 50 percent, and his still-souring numbers have Democrats fretting about his toxic effect in November.  —  Party strategists say the solution is for the White House to shake …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's ‘Blame the Video’ Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi  —  The e-mail revelations and the Obama administration's lies  —  Here is the main point: The rioting at the American embassy in Cairo was not about the anti-Muslim video.  As argued here repeatedly (see here and here) …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: White House Officials Are ‘Scumbags’ for Lying About Benghazi
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Larry O'Connor / Washington Free Beacon:
Brother of CBS News President at Center of Latest Benghazi Bombshell
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Antonin Scalia's Blunder Is Unprecedented, Legal Experts Say  —  Justice Antonin Scalia's factual error in a dissenting opinion Tuesday has become the talk of the legal community as experts puzzle over the extraordinary nature of the Reagan-appointed justice's blunder, which the Supreme Court quietly corrected as of Wednesday morning.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Commentary: From the bench to the podium  —  Commentary  —  In ways large and small, the idealized expectation that the Supreme Court will stay outside the political arena continues to diminish in a country with polarized partisanship and fragmented cultural values.
ed.gov:
U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations  —  Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov  —  The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Getting the Benghazi Treatment, Courtesy of House Republicans  —  House Republicans just put out a new report on the Affordable Care Act.  You should take is as seriously as you take all reports from House Republicans these days.  —  In other words, you shouldn't take it seriously.
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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Turning Down CBS, and ‘Nauseating’ American Politics  —  The newly minted host of HBO's ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ sat down to discuss his new gig, the strange state of U.S. politics, and more over coffee.  —  “I'm still getting used to this whole interview thing,” says John Oliver.
Discussion: Mediaite, Althouse and Yahoo! News
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist  —  The question Cliven Bundy put to his audience last week—Was the black family better off as property?—is as immoral as it unoriginal.  As both Adam Serwer and Jamelle Bouie point out, the roster of conservative theorists who imply that black people …
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Biking with Bush: Former president opens up about veterans, Jeb 2016  —  Crawford, Texas (CNN) - It is not an easy ride.  —  The rugged 100-kilometer mountain bike ride cuts through the Texas hill country and was designed to keep a fitness freak on his toes.
Discussion: OnPolitics, The Week and CNN
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bush: Jeb would be ‘great president ’
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Royson James Toronto / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford is out of time and must resign: James  —  Toronto mayor's descent so long and dark it may be too late for redemption  —  Jennifer Gordon, whose back is to the camera, and friends spotted Mayor Rob Ford “stumbling” down the street near the Esplanade on St. Patrick's Day 2012.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Daily Caller
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Snapchat:
Putting the Chat into Snapchat  —  Building Snapchat has taught us a lot about what makes conversation special.  When we first started working on an application for sharing disappearing pictures, we had no idea how much we would learn.  Our classmates were quick to point out that you could always take a screenshot.
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Politico:
What Is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of?  —  Over the 25 years Hillary Clinton has spent in the national spotlight, she's been smeared and stereotyped, the subject of dozens of over-hyped or downright fictional stories and books alleging, among other things, that she is a lesbian …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Brands Scientific American Editor A ‘Coward’ (VIDEO)  —  A Scientific American editor must have struck a nerve over at Fox News this week when he tweeted about having a “Fox & Friends” producer shoot down his idea to talk about the impacts of climate change on the show.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP State Lawmaker Writes Letter To Editor About Dangers Of Anal Sex  —  Black GOPer: Bundy Just Telling The Truth  —  Mitch Boxes In Tea Party Rival With Joint Pledge To Back GOP Nominee  —  Bundy Supporter: Harry Reid May Get His ‘Balls Ripped Off’  —  ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Tested In Recent Killings
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and The Raw Story
Oren Dorell / Associated Press:
General: Military should've tried to rescue Benghazi Americans  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. military personnel knew early on that the Benghazi attack was a “hostile action” and not a protest gone awry, according to a retired general who served at U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany during the attack.
ThinkProgress:
Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S.  —  Seattle will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour over the coming years under a deal brokered by Mayor Ed Murray and blessed by labor and business groups alike, city leaders announced Thursday afternoon.
Henry Chu / Los Angeles Times:
Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions  —  Pope Francis meets with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, left, at the Vatican.  On the pontiff's orders, the Vatican will convene a meeting of senior clerics this fall to reexamine church teachings that touch the most intimate aspects of people's lives.
John Podesta / White House.gov Blog:
Findings of the Big Data and Privacy Working Group Review  —  Over the past several days, severe storms have battered Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and other states.  Dozens of people have been killed and entire neighborhoods turned to rubble and debris as tornadoes have touched down across the region.
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry  —  Officials say a personal invitation for US whistleblower to attend hearing would put ‘grave strain’ on US-German relations  —  The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front …
 
 
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New York Times:
De Blasio Announces Contract Deal With Teachers' Union
Discussion: Gothamist and NPR
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In Bucks County, Pa., school board overrides student newspaper's ban on use of ‘Redskins’
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Gerry Adams Questioned Over Murder From 1972
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Victims of Communism Day
Discussion: Hit & Run
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The heavy hand of the IRS seizes innocent Americans' assets
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Everything About This Eleanor Holmes Sentence Is Wrong [VIDEO]
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Mark Flatten / Washington Examiner:
Veterans Affairs officials purged 1.5 million unfinished medical orders
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Minimal Class Divide in American Politics
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Benjamin Netanyahu Has Had Enough Of Your Selfies
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
If Data Were a Journalist  —  He'd work for Ezra Klein.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Dish and Althouse
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
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