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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.
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Washington Post:
The immigration no-brainer  —  As is his wont, President Obama …
Weekly Standard:
The Truth About Iraq  —  And why it matters  —  As the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capture territory and establish a caliphate stretching across the now-eradicated Syria-Iraq border, hard-won gains secured with American blood and treasure are being lost.
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Jane Arraf / Foreign Policy:
The Resurrection of Ahmad Chalabi  —  The man who helped convince the United States to invade Iraq has spent the last decade in the political wilderness.  But now, with his country in chaos, he could be its next leader.  —  GOOGLE +
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
Warren Bass / Wall Street Journal:
Cheney vs. 9/11 Commission: What Each Said About Iraq
Discussion: emptywheel
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Florida Court Declares One Of The Worst Partisan Gerrymanders In The Country Unconstitutional
Discussion: Liberaland and Shakesville
Mary Ellen Klas / MiamiHerald.com:
Judge throws out Florida's congressional map
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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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Distances Herself From Guest's ‘Jew-Hating Administration’ Quote (VIDEO)  —  Megyn Kelly's interview Thursday with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro veered into wildly accusatory territory, and the Fox News anchor said she had no interest in perpetuating the extreme sentiment.
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Megyn Kelly: Nancy Pelosi ‘guilty’ of sexism
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Chris McDaniel: We've Found 8,300 ‘Questionable Ballots’  —  Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) said Friday that his campaign and his supporters have found “over 8,300 questionable ballots cast” in the runoff election for U.S. Senate, which Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) won.
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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 …
Maria Tadeo / The Independent:
L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs  —  L'Oreal confirms Axelle Despiegelaere's contract with the French beauty behemoth has “been completed”  —  French cosmetics giant L'Oréal has cut its ties with a Belgian football fan …
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
Sarah Palin / Fox News:
President Obama's buzzed on suds great adventure  —  President Obama was absolutely swamped the other night, staving off the munchies at a pizza party in the Mile High city, hobnobbing as headliner at numerous Democrat shindigs, collecting big bucks from big donors all day.  —  Whew.  Exhausting.
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.
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Judge demands IRS explain lost emails  —  A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to detail under oath how some of former agency official Lois Lerner's emails went missing, as well as any potential methods for recovering them.  —  Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court …
Discussion: Power Line
Ari Berman / thenation.com/blogs/163253:
North Carolina Will Determine the Future of the Voting Rights Act  —  93-year-old Rosanell Eaton heading into federal court (photo by Jennifer Farmer, Advancement Project)  —  Winston-Salem—In 1940, 19-year-old Rosanell Eaton took a two-hour mule ride to the Franklin County courthouse in eastern North Carolina to register to vote.
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
ThinkProgress:
Congressman Compares Unaccompanied Children To Soldiers Invading France On D-Day  —  Unaccompanied children sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas.  —  CREDIT: Eric Gay/ AP  —  During a speech on the House floor Friday …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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
 
 
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The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit
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The Climate Optimists
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New York Times:
‘Blood Feud’ vs. ‘Hard Choices’ in Hillary Clinton Book Battle
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Obama visits Franklin Barbecue, buys lunch for a couple of patrons
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iPhone 6 screen looks like sapphire, says expert who spoke to Apple
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Scholarly journal retracts 60 articles, smashes ‘peer review ring’
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Brace for the next round of Obamacare rate shock
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