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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:
Obama ‘would welcome’ visit with Perry to talk about the border  —  Gov. Rick Perry Monday turned down what he characterized as President Barack Obama's offer for a “quick handshake on the Tarmac” when the president arrives in Austin on Wednesday.  But Perry said he would juggle his schedule to accommodate a …
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Yahoo! News and PoliticusUSA
Washington Post:
White House requests $3.7 billion in emergency border control funds  —  The White House on Tuesday formally requested $3.7 billion from Congress in emergency funding to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America, a far higher amount than the Obama administration had previously signaled.
Catalina Camia / OnPolitics:
Democrat hopes immigration crisis isn't 'Obama's Katrina moment'
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Obama's ‘Katrina moment’? White House shrugs off drumbeat for border visit
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
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
IDF strikes 50 targets across Gaza as operation gets underway
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Israel Matzav
Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu decides to expand Gaza operation, orders preparations for ground offensive
Discussion: Power Line
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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Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel attorney says fraud reports pouring in
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz: Mississippi Runoff Must Be ‘Vigorously Investigated’
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.
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: FOX News Radio and Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE—SARAH PALIN: 'IT'S TIME TO IMPEACH' PRESIDENT OBAMA  —  Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president.  His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.”  —  Without borders, there is no nation.  Obama knows this.
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.
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
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
Rand Paul:
Sens. Paul and Booker Introduce Criminal Justice Reform Legislation  —  Bill Calls for Comprehensive Reform Measures to Fix America's Broken Criminal Justice System, Ease Burden on Taxpayers & Break the Cycle of Incarceration for Non-violent Offenders  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Rand Paul …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
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 …
 
 
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
UN Urges US To Designate Immigrants As Refugees
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David Axe / The Week:
China thinks it can defeat America in battle
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Louis Gohmert's Budget Plan: Defund Anything That Obama ‘Cares Deeply About’
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Court blocks Ariz. from denying driver's licenses to young immigrants
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