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1:20 PM ET, July 9, 2014

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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Obama to set off bomb in middle of midterms  —  Now that Republicans have made it clear that they will not participate on any level in basic problem solving when it comes to our immigration crisis, it is now on Obama to determine just how far he can go unilaterally in addressing the problem …
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Paul Begala / CNN:
What's behind Boehner's nutty lawsuit threat  —  John Boehner's political career … (CNN) — House Speaker John Boehner's threatened lawsuit against President Obama has elicited scorn from the right and blistering attacks from the left.  So why is Boehner pursuing it?
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Obama Officials Pledge to Stem Immigration Tide
Discussion: Politico
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Boehner Non-Committal on Obama Immigration Plan
Discussion: Politico
Adriana Cohen / Associated Press:
Immigration mess grows as Obama plays blame game
Byron Tau / Politico:
Why the GOP is holding its convention early
USA Today:
Exclusive: Clooney responds to ‘Daily Mail’ report  —  I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday's Daily Mail report.  I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being.  The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story …
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - ‘She can do better’: Amal Alamuddin's mother 'is unimpressed with George Clooney …
The Intercept:
Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On  —  The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended …
Washington Post:
The tea party's embrace of martyrdom  —  Hiroo Onoda, the last imperial Japanese soldier to surrender after World War II, hid out in a jungle in the Philippines for 29 years, refusing to believe that the war was over.  He finally turned himself in, wearing his sword, cap and patched uniform, in 1974.
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cochran gets lost on way to Senate lunch  —  Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is back with his colleagues in Washington, D.C., after winning his hard-fought primary runoff — but he had a bit of trouble finding Senate Republicans' weekly luncheon on Tuesday.  —  Cochran, while talking with The Hill …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Untamed Cruz refuses to play nice with GOP campaign arm
Discussion: Instapundit and The PJ Tatler
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Gay rights groups withdraw support of ENDA after Hobby Lobby decision  —  Several major gay rights groups withdrew support Tuesday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bolster gay and transgender rights in the workplace, saying they fear that broad religious exemptions included …
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New York Times:
Faith Groups Seek Exclusion From Bias Rule
BuzzFeed:
5 Reasons Why New York Times Editorial Today Is An Embarrassment To Journalism  —  Ambassador Ron Dermer questions the integrity of today's New York Times ' editorial, Four Horrific Killings  —  The New York Times writes that “after days of near silence,” Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned …
Sophie Jane Evans / Daily Mail:
Shocking moment ISIS militants take sledgehammers to Mosul tomb of Prophet Jonah as more than 50 blindfolded bodies are found massacred south of Baghdad  —  This is the shocking moment ISIS militants took sledgehammers to Iraqi tombstones - smashing them to pieces.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Truth Revolt
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
In ‘sexting’ case Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner, lawyers say  —  A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Most Shocking Result in World Cup History  —  We had Brazil favored to win Tuesday's World Cup semifinal against Germany (even despite the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva).  —  Time to eat some crow.  That prediction stunk.  —  It's not that a German win was all that unlikely.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Chelsea Clinton Follows Parents' Lead as a Paid Speaker  —  There is a new Clinton paid to deliver speeches — Chelsea, the former first daughter — and she is commanding as much as $75,000 per appearance.  —  Aides stressed that while Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton often address trade groups …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
‘We Must Open Our Hearts’: Glenn Beck Announces Major Border Event in Texas  —  Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees …
Darlena Cunha / Washington Post:
This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps  —  Sara Bareilles played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband's 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light.  I'd never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was …
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Top Obama official blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity  —  'How can Israel have peace if it's unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation?' asks Obama's Mideast chief, Phillip Gordon, in blistering Tel Aviv speech  —  Israel's ongoing occupation …
New York Times:
Spying Case Left Obama in Dark, U.S. Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany last Thursday, he had a busy agenda: to consult with a close ally and to mobilize wavering Europeans to put more pressure on Russia to end its covert incursions in Ukraine.
 
 
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Lou Chibbaro Jr / Washington Blade:
Gay man assaulted, called ‘faggot’ at D.C. Safeway
Discussion: WJLA-TV and PinkNews.co.uk
kff.org:
The Mystery of the Missing $1,000 Per Person: Can Medicare's Spending Slowdown Continue?
Melanie Eversley / USA Today:
Obama shakes hands with supporter wearing horse head
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
Cindy George / Houston Chronicle:
League City bans undocumented children
Discussion: Liberaland, KHOU-TV and The Raw Story
Roland S. Martin / The Daily Beast:
Send the National Guard to ‘Chiraq’
Discussion: Hot Air
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The New Yorker Alters Its Online Strategy
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Yea, Oops, Nay: Voting Mistakes in Congress
James Carville / The Hill:
Four good reasons to watch Louisiana race this season
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
The Bear meets a horse
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic Online:
Taking Paternity Leave Makes Other Dads More Likely to Do the Same
Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
The Boehner Lawsuit Against Obama Is Beginning to Take Shape
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy