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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rick Perry to President Obama: No handshake  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry declined an official White House offer to greet President Barack Obama when he lands at Austin's airport Wednesday.  —  The Republican governor, who has repeatedly criticized Obama for his handling of the crisis along …
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Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
Rick Perry declines Obama offer for ‘quick handshake’ at Austin airport  —  Gov. Rick Perry Monday turned down what he characterized as President Barack Obama's offer for a “quick handshake on the tarmac” at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday, but said he would juggle …
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
Obama ‘would welcome’ visit with Perry to talk about the border
Washington Post:
Israel launches major operation against Hamas in Gaza Strip  —  GAZA CITY — The Israeli army, air force and navy launched a major operation Tuesday against the Islamist militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, striking dozens of sites in the coastal enclave and mobilizing infantry troops along …
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Agence France-Presse:   Israel ‘readies Gaza options, including ground assault’ AFP 1 hr ago
Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu decides to expand Gaza operation, orders preparations for ground offensive
Discussion: Power Line
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
IDF strikes 50 targets across Gaza as operation gets underway
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Israel Matzav
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Cruz: Investigate Cochran primary  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is calling for an official investigation into the Republican Senate primary runoff in Mississippi between Sen. Thad Cochran and the challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.  —  The Texas Republican on Monday evening called the runoff contest …
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Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz: Mississippi Runoff Must Be ‘Vigorously Investigated’
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel attorney says fraud reports pouring in
Barack Obama / Haaretz:
Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians  —  In an exclusive article for Haaretz's Israel Conference on Peace, Barack Obama says that the only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state.
Spiegel Online:
'Surveillance on Merkel's Phone Was Absolutely Wrong'  —  Interview Conducted By Marc Hujer and Holger Stark  —  In an interview, Hillary Clinton discusses the growing gap between the rich and poor that threatens democracy, Americans' discontent with politics, her regrets over NSA spying …
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: CIA had role in Germany spy affair
Discussion: Informed Comment and Guardian
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Bled dry by the New Class: Column  —  Bureaucrats push pencils at the expense of real workers  —  Life is hard.  It's harder still when an entire class of people with their hands out stands between you and success.  —  Unfortunately, that's increasingly the problem, all around the world.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 8, 2014 - Clinton Owns Dem 2016 Nod; Tops Top Republicans, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 2014 Generic House Race Tied, But Voters Hate Dems Less  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sweeps the Democratic primary field for the 2016 presidential race …
Jordan Michael Smith / New York Times:
The Letters That Warren G. Harding's Family Didn't Want You to See  —  Warren G. Harding, right, perhaps the worst chief executive in U.S. history, and Carrie Fulton Phillips, his longtime mistress and sexy pen pal.  —  Left: the Calvin H. Topliff family.  Right: the Ohio History Connection.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Roger Ailes
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative  —  There was a time not so long ago when the young seemed destined to be liberal forever.  Americans in their teens and 20s were to the left of their elders on social issues.  They worried more about poverty.  They voted strongly Democratic.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Dems plot legislative offensive on high court's birth control decision  —  Democrats want to lure Republicans into a fight over birth control with legislation to reverse the Supreme Court's decision that ObamaCare may not require certain businesses to include contraception in their employee health coverage.
Rosalie Murphy / The Atlantic Online:
Why Your Yoga Class Is So White  —  Ironically, the practice is full of racial tension—but some studios are trying to change that.  —  Thick, glossy copies of LA Yoga, Yoga Journal, and Yoga Magazine cover the rickety folding table in the lobby of Green Tree Yoga and Meditation.
New from the Guttmacher Institute:
States Continue to Enact Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2014, but at a Lower Level Than in the Previous Three Years  —  So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions designed to limit access to abortion, about half the number (41) of similar restrictions that had been enacted by this point last year.
Discussion: Shakesville and Washington Post
Rush Limbaugh:
Every Day is an All-Out Assault  —  RUSH: Where you been, Snerdley?  Snerdley walks in here, brings me his Stack of show prep that he wanted me to see today, and he's outraged.  Have you not been listening to this program?  “More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth …
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Mistrust in North Carolina Over Plan to Reduce Precincts  —  SHELBY, N.C. — When Alan Langley, a Republican member of the local elections board here, explains a new proposal to consolidate five voting precincts into two, it sounds procedural and well-meaning: He speaks of convenient parking …
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
UN Urges US To Designate Immigrants As Refugees  —  SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
VIDEO: Does Braley claim to be a farmer in this parade route exchange?  —  Democrat Bruce Braley, who was caught on tape in January making a remark that seemed to besmirch Iowa farmers, has been caught on tape seemingly claiming to be one.  —  “We're farmers,” a parade attendee appears to tells Braley …
Taylor Swift / Wall Street Journal:
For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story  —  The Singer-Songwriter Says Artists and Fans Will Still Form Deep Bonds, but They Will Do It in New Ways  —  Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?  —  Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Behind Harry Reid's war against the Koch brothers  —  At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid.  —  The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Power Line
 
 
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says
David Axe / The Week:
China thinks it can defeat America in battle
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Louis Gohmert's Budget Plan: Defund Anything That Obama ‘Cares Deeply About’
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Court blocks Ariz. from denying driver's licenses to young immigrants
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘imperial presidency’ doesn't rule much of anything
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Gingrich's Correct Prediction About Medicare's Future
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