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2:05 PM ET, July 11, 2014

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SI.com:
BY LEBRON JAMES (AS TOLD TO LEE JENKINS)  —  Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio.  It's where I walked.  It's where I ran.  It's where I cried.  It's where I bled.  It holds a special place in my heart.  People there have seen me grow up.
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Judge strikes down GOP-drawn Florida congressional lines  —  A Florida Circut County Court has struck down the state's congressional map and ordered a redrawing of district lines.  —  In his 41-page ruling issued Thursday evening, Judge Terry Lewis writes that the map drawn …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Florida Court Declares One Of The Worst Partisan Gerrymanders In The Country Unconstitutional  —  Florida's congressional districts are some of the most GOP-friendly in the country.  Although President Obama won a narrow victory over Mitt Romney in Florida during the 2012 presidential election …
Discussion: Shakesville and Liberaland
Mary Ellen Klas / Tampa Bay Times:
Judge invalidates two Florida congressional districts
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Muslims Most Approving of Obama, Mormons Least  —  Relative rank order of religious groups stable throughout his presidency  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014 …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Obama approval high with Muslims  —  President Barack Obama's approval rating is higher among Muslims than any other religious group, a new poll says.  —  According to a Gallup poll released Friday that tracked responses for the first six months of 2014, 72 percent of Muslims said they approve …
New York Times:
Who Wants a Depression?  —  One unhappy lesson we've learned in recent years is that economics is a far more political subject than we liked to imagine.  Well, duh, you may say.  But, before the financial crisis, many economists — even, to some extent, yours truly — believed …
Tom Junod / Esquire:
IN PRAISE OF 42-YEAR-OLD WOMEN  —  In our occasional ranking of the ages, we found that this year's most alluring is not what you'd expect.  It's not 27 (honored in 1999) or 39 (2008) or 86 (1937 and 1983).  No, this year it's 42.  Because it's not what it used to be. … Marc Hom/Trunk Archive
Emma Green / The Atlantic Online:
Is Religion ‘Old-Fashioned’ and ‘Out of Date’?  —  The downsides of using poll data to understand the arc of history  —  In one of the most ambiguous poll questions ever, Gallup has asked Americans to once again act as a tenuous bellwether for the impending death of religion.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Keli Goff / The Daily Beast:
The Secret War On Black Republicans  —  Why are racist attacks on black Republicans so underreported by the media?  —  There has been much written about the racial rhetoric that has permeated political discourse since President Obama took office, and the media often highlights …
Discussion: Hot Air
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism  —  JERUSALEM — Even as the Israeli public offers strong support for airstrikes on Hamas fighters and their weapons stocks in Gaza, there is a good deal of reflection over the coldblooded killing of a Palestinian teenager …
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Obama speaks with Netanyahu, offering to broker ceasefire with Hamas
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Merdian man dials back vote-buying claim  —  A Meridian man has recanted — sort of — his story that he helped U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign buy votes for $15 each in Lauderdale County.  —  Stevie Fielder now says he was asked to buy votes — by someone he won't identify …
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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:   Could Chris McDaniel Get A Do-Over In The Mississippi Senate Race?
George Clooney / USA Today:
Exclusive: George Clooney rejects ‘Mail’ apology  —  There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong.  The coverup is always worse.  —  In this case, the Daily Mail has printed an apology for insinuating religious tensions where there are none.
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
iPhone 6 screen looks like sapphire, says expert who spoke to Apple  —  Bigger iPhone screen could be made of third-hardest material known, after Apple consulted experts 18 months ago  —  Apple discussed forming screens from super-hard “sapphire glass” 18 months ago with experts in the field …
Kolten Parker / MySanAntonio.com:
Militias move forward on Texas border, leader's background emerges  —  SAN ANTONIO - Groups describing themselves as militias have set up a training area near San Antonio and say there already are four “operations on the ground” along the US-Mexico border in Texas.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Megyn Kelly: Nancy Pelosi ‘guilty’ of sexism  —  Fox News host Megyn Kelly is charging House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with being “guilty” of sexism after her comments on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling.  —  “The latest installment of misleading hysteria comes …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Politico:
Pay up: House GOP cash woes prompt dues crackdown  —  House Republicans, so worried that a swelling cash deficit will keep them from making big gains this November, have begun cracking down on dozens of lawmakers who haven't paid dues crucial to the party's campaign accounts.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Brace for the next round of Obamacare rate shock  —  OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE INDUSTRY  —  As insurance companies begin to propose premiums for 2015, it's time for Americans to brace themselves for the next round of rate shock in the wake of President Obama's health care law.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
‘The bear is loose’: Is Obama breaking free or running away?  —  President Obama visited Denver on the first leg of a three-day trip to tout economic gains, fundraise and meet with ordinary citizens.  Here are some thing to do in Denver when you're president.  (Tom LeGro and Natalie Jennings/The Washington Post)
Jonathan Pearlman / Telegraph:
Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo  —  Judge in Australia says incest may no longer be a taboo and the only reason it is criminal is potential birth abnormalities, which can be solved by abortion  —  A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Vox Popoli
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Crisis on the Border  —  No one who wants to help has authority, and no one with authority is helping.  —  What is happening at the southern border is a true and actual crisis.  News accounts justly use words like chaos, collapse and breakdown.  They feature images of children …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Right Wing News
www.austin360.com:
Obama visits Franklin Barbecue, buys lunch for a couple of patrons  —  Less than 24 hours after polishing off some barbecue from John Mueller, Barack Obama hit another one of Austin's most famous men of smoked meat on his way out of town.  —  Following his speech at the Paramount …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform  —  AMERICAN citizens are paying 535 people to take care of the legislative needs of the country.  We are getting shortchanged.  Here's an example: On June 10, an incumbent congressman in Virginia lost a primary election …
 
 
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Suit Against Obama to Focus on Health Law, Boehner Says
New York Times:
‘Blood Feud’ vs. ‘Hard Choices’ in Hillary Clinton Book Battle
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Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
Hey, Boomers—Millennials Hate Your Partisan Crap
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The Huffington Post:
Scandal-Plagued VA Is Overpaying Workers By Millions Of Dollars, Internal Audits Find
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Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Scholarly journal retracts 60 articles, smashes ‘peer review ring’
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Jerusalem Post:
Iron Dome intercepts 3 Gaza rockets over greater Tel Aviv
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Vanity Fair:
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Washington Post:
The immigration no-brainer  —  As is his wont, President Obama …
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Kansas Senator's Longevity Gives GOP Foe Opening
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Associated Press:
Officers say no ‘stand-down order’ for Benghazi
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