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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Martin O'Malley Gets Aggressive  —  The odds aren't great against Hillary Clinton, but the Democratic governor from Maryland is doing the actual things people do before running for president: donors, new policies, campaign travel, distance from Obama.  “I think people are going to be surprised at the amount of time he does this.”
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Martin O'Malley: Don't send border children to Maryland facility  —  Martin O'Malley says that deporting the children detained at the border would be sending them to “certain death” — but he also urged the White House not to send them to a facility in his own state.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton talks Gaza, media scrutiny on Daily Show  —  Hillary Clinton joked about an office with “fewer corners” and said she's surprised at the “cottage industry” of interest in her but got serious talking about the violence in the Mideast on Tuesday in an interview with “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Stewart To Clinton: ‘No One Cares’ About Your Book, Are You Running For President? (VIDEO)
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch Is Rebuffed in Offer for Time Warner  —  The media giant 21st Century Fox, the empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Where's the Oval Avatar?  —  WASHINGTON — The White House likes to use a phrase of tingling adventure to describe the president's recent penchant for wandering the country talking to people: “The bear is loose.”  —  There are three problems with this unbearable metaphor …
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Politico:
Behind the GOP focus on Obamacare
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren: The government shutdown was over birth control
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Lerner Associate: “I Don't Understand How Anyone But Straight White Men Can Vote Republican”  —  SHARES  —  Federal employees, like all Americans, are entitled to hold passionate political beliefs.  Most executive branch federal employees, however, may not engage in certain political activities …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Scared Monkeys
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Dead Heat in Hotly-Contested Iowa Senate Race  —  The Senate race in New Hampshire isn't as fluid, with only 6 percent of registered voters saying that they're undecided between incumbent Shaheen and Brown.  It also isn't as close: Shaheen is beating her GOP rival 50 percent to 42 percent.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Family That Owns Hobby Lobby Plans Bible Museum in Washington  —  WASHINGTON — The evangelical Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby, the chain of craft stores, made history two weeks ago when the Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration's mandate that family-owned companies must …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Offers Birth Control Bill That Literally Does Nothing
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Arizona Republic:
Arizona politician mistakes ‘Y’ campers for migrant children  —  Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the protest in Oracle over the expected arrival of dozens of migrant children at a shelter.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi's goal is to win 25 seats.  Here's how she thinks it can happen.  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post Tuesday that her goal is to win 25 seats this November — a bold statement given that historical trends suggest that the party …
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Hamas proposes 10-year cease-fire in return for conditions being met  —  Channel 2 reports Hamas seeks long-term truce; Its terms are the release of Schalit deal prisoners who were re-arrested, the opening of Gaza border crossings, and an end to Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.
Meredith Broussard / The Atlantic Online:
Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing  —  The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers.  Unfortunately, low-income school districts can't afford to buy them.  —  Photos by Matt Stanley
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem  —  Immigration concerns surged in July, while economic mentions ebbed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation's southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH director won't testify before Issa panel  —  White House political director David Simas will not appear before the House Oversight Committee to testify Wednesday, despite a subpoena from Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the White House said Tuesday.  —  In a letter to Issa on Tuesday …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and CNN
Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
Navy nurse refuses to force-feed Guantánamo captive  —  Detainee's lawyer says her client described the Navy medical officer's refusal as an act of conscientious objection.  —  In the first known rebellion against Guantánamo's force-feeding policy, a Navy medical officer recently refused …
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
Legendary Marine Maj. Zembiec, the ‘Lion of Fallujah,’ died in the service of the CIA  —  In the foyer of the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters, there is a marble wall covered in stars.  They are carved divots that represent those who have fallen in the service of the CIA.
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are...Conservative  —  Ten years ago, it was wildly controversial to talk about psychological differences between liberals and conservatives.  Today, it's becoming hard not to.  —  You could be forgiven for not having browsed yet through …
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and NewsBusters
Brittney Cooper / Salon:
Iggy Azalea's post-racial mess: America's oldest race tale, remixed  —  As a white female rapper mistakes appropriation for artistry, here's how black women remain pushed to the sidelines  —  Recently, my nine year-old nephew came running into the room, eager to find a seat to watch a performance by Iggy Azalea on an awards show.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Colorlines
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port  —  There is a deafening explosion, then a second.  Four children are dead.  Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel  —  The retaining wall of Gaza's harbour sticks out into the Mediterranean about 100 metres …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mondoweiss and Mediaite
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate-Change Skeptic Is Unbowed  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama here, says he remembers the morning he spotted a well-known colleague at a gathering of climate experts.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The PJ Tatler
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Living With Uncertainty: Expected Health Spending Declines (Again)  —  Expected Health Spending Declines (Again)  —  The last few years have seen a puzzling and welcome new trend in health care spending: Instead of going up and up, increases have slowed way down.
Discussion: AEIdeas and The Dish
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Kids At Border “Gang Members” From Culture Of “Rape”  —  “A lot of these children ... quote-unquote ... ya know, the first caller mentioned it, ya know, they're gang members.  They're gang-affiliated.”  —  View Video ›  —  A Florida Republican congressman called …
 
 
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Deadly Weapons  —  Contrary to what those who defend the right …
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Mark Harris / Guardian:
FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’
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New York Times:
Documents Show General Motors Kept Silent on Fatal Crashes
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Rania Khalek / The Electronic Intifada:
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza's civilians, say doctors
New York Times:
Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie to Test Presidential Hopes in Iowa Trip
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Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Exclusive: After Subpoenas in Walker Criminal Probe, WI GOP Sought to Quietly Change Law
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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
House Republicans take aim at EPA climate rules
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Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks at Howard University for the 50th Anniversary Celebration …
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Netanyahu talks of demilitarization as rocket barrage continues
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