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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 …
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.
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 …
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?
Byron Tau / Politico:
Why the GOP is holding its convention early
Billy House /
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 /
‘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 …
Katie Pavlich /
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 …
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.
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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