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11:40 AM ET, July 12, 2014

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Christopher Morris / Variety:
Tommy Ramone, Last Surviving Member of Influential Punk Band, Dies at 62  —  Drummer and producer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the influential New York punk quartet the Ramones, died Friday at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens, New York.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
John Boehner's Lawsuit Against Obama Proves the President Isn't Lawless  —  This is how Republicans destroy their own narrative of the lawless Obama presidency: with a faceplant.  —  When House Speaker John Boehner officially announced that he planned to sue President Obama, he was absolutely clear about one thing.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Boehner suit a ‘political stunt’  —  President Obama dismissed House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) proposed lawsuit targeting his delay of the ObamaCare employer mandate as a “political stunt” in his first comments on the litigation since it was unveiled earlier this week.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Republican Jews Alarmed at the Prospect of a Void in the House and Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Jewish Republicans know they are not many in number.  But at a recent gathering at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington, they pondered the meaning of an especially alarming figure: zilch.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Woman Finds Stack Of Anti-Hillary ‘Lewinsky’ Bumper Stickers At GOP Office  —  A Virginia woman told TPM on Friday that she recently discovered a stack of anti-Hillary Clinton bumper stickers at a local GOP office, despite denials from the state party that it had anything to do with the stickers.
Rick Perry / Washington Post:
Isolationist policies make the threat of terrorism even greater  —  As a veteran, and as a governor who has supported Texas National Guard deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I can understand the emotions behind isolationism.  Many people are tired of war, and the urge to pull back is a natural, human reaction.
Greg Horton / Religion News Service:
Student who married same-sex partner expelled from Southwestern Christian University  —  OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) A lesbian student who married her partner was expelled from an Oklahoma university one semester shy of her sports management degree.  —  Christian Minard, 22, attended Southwestern …
Warren Bass / Wall Street Journal:
Cheney vs. 9/11 Commission: What Each Said About Iraq  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz, a former U.S. Senate candidate, have written a piece on Iraq in the Weekly Standard that resuscitates an old argument about Saddam Hussein's links to al Qaeda.
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Ruling That Rejects 2 Florida Districts' Borders Casts Haze Over Coming Elections  —  TAMPA, Fla. — After political operatives helped redraw the boundaries of Florida's Fifth Congressional District, now held by Representative Corrine Brown, a Democrat, it snaked all the way from Jacksonville to Orlando …
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Legal Woes Pose Hurdles for Attorney General Tom Horne of Arizona in Campaign  —  PHOENIX — He has been caught by F.B.I. agents leaving the scene of a parking-garage fender-bender after a lunchtime tryst, a mishap that exposed not only the affair, but also a federal investigation …
Ben Austen / New York Times:
The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit  —  In downtown Detroit, at the headquarters of the online-mortgage company Quicken Loans, there stands another downtown Detroit in miniature.  The diorama, made of laser-cut acrylic and stretching out over 19 feet in length, is a riot of color and light …
Discussion: The Verge and FishbowlDC
The Fiscal Times:
The Costs of Obama's Housing Mistakes Keep Piling Up  —  We all remember the fable of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  The moral of the story: Lie one too many times and nobody will believe you, even when you're telling the truth.  Now we have a case of The Government Who Cried Wolf …
 
 
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Scott W. Johnson / Weekly Standard:
Disorder at the Border
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New York Times:
Israeli Leader Calls for ‘Full Force’ in Effort to Quell Hamas Rocket Attacks
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Martin O'Malley: Don't send kids to ‘certain death’
Discussion: CNN
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The New Old Europe  —  Clemens Wergin is something of a contrarian.
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Judge demands IRS explain lost emails
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Chris McDaniel: We've Found 8,300 ‘Questionable Ballots’
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Distances Herself From Guest's ‘Jew-Hating Administration’ Quote (VIDEO)
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Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Goes On Diatribe Against Migrant Children, Urges Texas To Unilaterally Declare War
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Slim says he could exercise NY Times stock warrants
 

 
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