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8:40 AM ET, July 13, 2014

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New York Times:
Republicans Replay 2010 Strategy at State Level  —  NASHVILLE — Republican candidates for governor around the country have built an unexpectedly strong position for election this fall, helped by an improving economy, disaffection with President Obama and a national fund-raising machine that is leagues ahead of the opposition.
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Christie jabs Obama: ObamaCare a ‘failure’  —  In what could be the latest move toward a 2016 presidential bid, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) offered a wide-ranging critique of President Obama's domestic and foreign policies.  —  Speaking to reporters at the National Governors Association on Saturday …
Discussion: The Reaction
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Republican Jews Alarmed at the Prospect of a Void in the House and Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
South Miami Mayor: Marco Rubio Is An ‘Idiot’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) views on climate change have apparently not won him any favor in Miami.  —  Experts say that sea-level rise could easily reach six to ten feet by the end of the century, which would be enough to put most of Miami underwater, The Guardian reported Friday.
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Robin McKie / Guardian:
Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Unfogged
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.
Geoff Folsom / News, sports and weather …:
Candidates in race for Hastings' congressional seat hurl attacks  —  The race to replace retiring Rep. Doc Hastings heated up this week as some of the candidates began unleashing attacks on each other.  —  Democrat Estakio Beltran was ripped for a TV commercial by a group founded by former …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stuart Grudgings / Reuters:
In Malaysia, Islam's legal advance divides families and nation  —  (Reuters) - Deepa Subramaniam would not let go of her son, clinging to five-year-old Mithran's leg even as the car into which he had been bundled began to accelerate.  —  The 30-year-old, a Hindu in Muslim-majority Malaysia …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: More IRS smidgens show up.  ‘Perfect.’  —  Anyone paying attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal has been waiting for the next smidgen to drop.  Well, two more hit pretty hard this week.  At the president's next encounter with the media, I will scream collusion …
Liberaland:
Images: Moms With Guns Founder On Obama, ‘Where Is An Assassin When You Need One?’  —  This is what the Second Amendment was not created for: Assassinating the President of the United States or even joking about it.  —  Kathy Perkins, founder of Moms With Guns, shared this article on Facebook …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg View:
Is Hamas Trying to Get Gazans Killed?  —  Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?”
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Jose Antonio Vargas / Politico:
Trapped on the border  —  I came to Texas to document the crisis of undocumented immigrants.  Now I'm stuck.  —  I write this from the city of McAllen, which sits in the Rio Grande Valley near the border, just across from the Mexican city of Reynosa.  In the last 24 hours I realize that …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghan interpreters who served U.S. are in limbo as State Department runs out of visas  —  The cases of thousands of Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military and hope to relocate to the United States are in limbo because the government will soon run out of visas designated …
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
RIP, Charlie Haden
Discussion: Althouse
Brett McDonnell / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ideological blind spots: The left on Hobby Lobby
Discussion: Washington Post
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
C.D.C. Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents
Discussion: The Verge
The Fiscal Times:
The Costs of Obama's Housing Mistakes Keep Piling Up
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Greg Horton / Religion News Service:
Student who married same-sex partner expelled from Southwestern Christian University
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, CNN and The Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Martin O'Malley: Don't send kids to ‘certain death’
Discussion: Booman Tribune and CNN