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3:50 PM ET, July 14, 2014

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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama the pariah  —  Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away.  —  Obama's approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance.  On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama's absence is increasingly conspicuous.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Spokesman: Obama ‘absolutely’ the most transparent president  —  President Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday after the White House received a letter from signed by a dozen top journalists' groups complaining …
Julian Zelizer / CNN:   The World Cup of U.S. politics
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Reid just wants to legislate
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP governors see scant Hobby Lobby political fallout
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
With deadline looming, Obama to again push infrastructure
Sen. Rand Paul / Politico:
Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong  —  There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  But apparently his new glasses haven't altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande valley  —  McALLEN, Texas — Life jackets of all sizes and the occasional punctured raft are strewn along the banks of the Rio Grande, just south of Mission, Texas, where a relentless onslaught of illegal immigrants eagerly surrender …
Discussion: Liberaland and DML Daily
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Report: SMALL LIFELESS, DEAD CHILDREN Found “Washed Up Along Riverbank” of Rio Grande
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Political fallout from underage illegal immigrants may spread far from the Rio Grande Valley
Discussion: Sky Dancing and The Hill
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty  —  WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’  —  Sure, hotly anticipated books leak all the time.  But 10 days early?  And by a tipster who seems to be posing as a Tea Partier—but who one source suspects is affiliated with the Clintons?  —  The marketing and publicity folks …
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
‘Archie’ Will Die Saving Gay Friend In Comic Book  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.  —  The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt …
New York Times:
Kansas' Ruinous Tax Cuts  —  There was a windstorm of hasty excuses in recent weeks after Kansas reported that it took in $338 million less than expected in the 2014 fiscal year and would have to dip heavily into a reserve fund.  Spending wasn't cut enough, said conservatives.
ThinkProgress:
The False Statement Of Fact That Forms The Backbone Of John Boehner's Anti-Obama Lawsuit  —  Last January, the two lawyers behind Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit claiming that President Obama is not implementing Obamacare fast enough authored an article in Politico Magazine laying out the legal theory behind this litigation.
Discussion: The Dish
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Approval of the Supreme Court Remains Divided  —  Approval among Republicans up 21 percentage points from 2013  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving.
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Needed: A new team of rivals  —  Maybe it is time for a shake-up.  —  President Obama's second-term staffing was always going to be a risk.  He abandoned his first term's team of rivals for a closer-knit team of loyalists.  The bet was that he was assured enough in the job to no longer need …
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Teachers unions turn on Obama  —  Teachers unions have turned on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration, creating a major divide in the Democratic Party coalition.  —  The largest teachers union in the country, the National Education Association (NEA) …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Georgia Republicans bicker in only Senate debate  —  Kingston fired back: “You were making money off your appointment rather than helping us try to get this port deepened.”  —  The debate devolved further from there.  — Outsider cred: After Kingston said he has a six-point …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Intercepts Drone Sent From Gaza  —  JERUSALEM — Israel intercepted a drone sent from Gaza on Monday as it flew just off the shore of the port city of Ashdod, about 14 miles north of the Palestinian enclave, adding a new element to a week-old conflict.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis could give Rahm run for his money  —  For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor.  —  It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president's potential candidacy seriously as well.
Jon Prior / Politico:
Citigroup reaches $7 billion deal with feds  —  Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion in a deal with the government for misleading investors about the riskiness of some mortgage-backed securities sold in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
CNBC Reporter Torches Rick Santelli: Nothing You've Predicted Has Ever Come True  —  If you're at all familiar with CNBC's Rick Santelli, you know he almost never appears on the network without a shoutfest ensuing.  —  The financial commentator — long considered the godfather …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Memo to Congress: Please don't scuttle the recovery. Thanks.
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet
Discussion: Techdirt and Washington's Blog
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Capitol's Partisanship Is Taking Hold in Governors' Ranks
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Bookstore Owner Takes On a Union, Shocking a Liberal Bastion
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Boehner's Empty Charge Against Obama
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Mark Mayfield, a Tea Party Founder, Became the Unlikely Focus of a Big Controversy
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Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail
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Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
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Lu Wang / Bloomberg:
Individuals Pile Into Stocks as Pros Say Bull Is Spent
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's unpredictability ‘stresses’ the Secret Service
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obamacare Fails to Fail
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