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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.
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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Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: TSA ALLOWING ILLEGALS TO FLY WITHOUT VERIFIABLE ID, SAYS BORDER PATROL UNION  —  MCALLEN, Texas—Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC).  “The aliens who are getting released …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Megyn Kelly: Nancy Pelosi ‘guilty’ of sexism
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Guardian and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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 …
William P. / The New York Young Republican Club:
United States of Gaymeria?  U.S. Embassy in London Flies Rainbow Flag  —  Can I pose a serious question?  At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become an impeachable offense in itself?
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Martin O'Malley: Don't send kids to ‘certain death’  —  NASHVILLE — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley urged compassion Friday for children flooding over the U.S. border from Latin American countries, sharply rejecting any wholesale effort to return them to places where he said they could face “certain death.”
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Goes On Diatribe Against Migrant Children, Urges Texas To Unilaterally Declare War  —  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
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.
 
 
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Israeli Leader Calls for ‘Full Force’ in Effort to Quell Hamas Rocket Attacks
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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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Ben Austen / New York Times:
The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit
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Reuters:
Slim says he could exercise NY Times stock warrants
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
More City Hall Change: A Mayor Taking a Break
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Ari Berman / thenation.com/blogs/163253:
North Carolina Will Determine the Future of the Voting Rights Act
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Emma Green / The Atlantic Online:
Is Religion ‘Old-Fashioned’ and ‘Out of Date’?
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Keli Goff / The Daily Beast:
The Secret War On Black Republicans
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Tom Junod / Esquire:
IN PRAISE OF 42-YEAR-OLD WOMEN
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Obama visits Franklin Barbecue, buys lunch for a couple of patrons
 

 
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