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11:50 AM ET, July 9, 2014

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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 and wants daughter to marry within their strict Lebanese religious sect’  — Baria Alamuddin has been ‘telling half of Beirut’ that she wanted daughter to marry within the Druze sect
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:
Untamed Cruz refuses to play nice with GOP campaign arm  —  GOP hopes of corralling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the 2014 primary season are officially dead.  —  The defiant Republican's brutal criticism of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) reelection campaign on Tuesday …
Discussion: Instapundit and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Cochran camp says it ‘screwed up’ cash accounting
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  —  WASHINGTON — After a setback in the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case, President Obama is facing mounting pressure from religious groups demanding to be excluded from his long-promised executive order that would bar discrimination against gay men …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Dems Ready To Unveil Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Ruling
Discussion: National Review
Rea Carey / Advocate:
Op-ed: Why One of the Biggest LGBT Orgs Has Stopped Supporting ENDA
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 …
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?
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Why the GOP is holding its convention early
Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
The Boehner Lawsuit Against Obama Is Beginning to Take Shape
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Rick Perry Admirably Refuses To Shake Obama's Hand At Airport
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
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 …
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 …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
The New Yorker Alters Its Online Strategy  —  The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers.  —  Beginning July 21, the magazine's new and archived articles …
Melanie Eversley / USA Today:
Obama shakes hands with supporter wearing horse head  —  One task that world leaders must perform and perform well is that of handling situations without blinking an eye or missing a beat.  —  President Obama's ability to do this might have been tested Tuesday night as he greeted people …
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy  —  The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be.  The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America's many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda.
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Border Crisis Is Not “Obama's Katrina.”  Not Even Close.  —  Rarely have we been presented with a policy problem as complex as the crisis unfolding on the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas, where thousands of women and children, including many unaccompanied minors, have been making …
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Violent MS-13 Gang Members Leave Graffiti on Bathroom Walls of Nogales Border Patrol Processing Center  —  4.6K  —  SHARES  —  An internal Border Patrol executive summary obtained by Townhall confirms that at least 16 unaccompanied illegal minors (those under the age of 18 …
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
GOP Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Floated Obama Impeachment  —  WASHINGTON — Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst floated the idea of impeaching President Barack Obama in January, calling him a “dictator” and arguing he was “overstepping his bounds” by using executive authority to enact parts of his agenda without Congress' cooperation.
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Meredith Shiner / Yahoo! News:
Joni Ernst: ‘Impeachment’ of Obama should be on the table Yahoo News 29 mins ago
 
 
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Adriana Cohen / Associated Press:
Immigration mess grows as Obama plays blame game
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
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Yea, Oops, Nay: Voting Mistakes in Congress
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Spying Case Left Obama in Dark, U.S. Officials Say
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic Online:
Taking Paternity Leave Makes Other Dads More Likely to Do the Same
Joshua Green / Washington Monthly:
True Lies  —  The best recent memoir from Republican Washington is a hoax.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo