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1:50 PM ET, July 16, 2014


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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.”
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
University at Buffalo paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Stewart To Clinton: ‘No One Cares’ About Your Book, Are You Running For President? (VIDEO)
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren: The government shutdown was over birth control  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ELIZABETH WARREN WAR ON WOMEN CONTRACEPTION  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Tuesday blamed last October's government shutdown on Republicans wanting to deny women access to birth control.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Where's the Oval Avatar?
Ron Fournier /
Mr. ‘I, Me, My’: Obama Oughta Know He's Not the Hero
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Offers Birth Control Bill That Literally Does Nothing
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Guy Benson /
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Mariana Dale / Arizona Republic:
Babeu keeps peace but buses with migrant kids a no-show  —  Between 40 and 60 children from Central America are supposed to be transferred to the Sycamore Canyon Academy.  —  CONNECT  —  The protest over immigrant children coming to Pinal County fizzled Tuesday afternoon after their buses failed to show.
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
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 /
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 …
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
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
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: and NewsBusters
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
House Republicans take aim at EPA climate rules  —  House appropriators on Tuesday approved a $30 billion spending bill designed to block a host of looming Environmental Protection Agency regulations viewed by the GOP as exceeding the agency's authority.  —  Republicans on the Appropriations …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Liberals and Libertarians Find Common Ground in House
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Federalist
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
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Is a fear of 'getting Koch'ed' hurting Republican super PACs?
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Washington Post
Rolling Stone:
Deadly Weapons  —  Contrary to what those who defend the right …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hot Air
Mark Harris / Guardian:
FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Verge
New York Times:
Documents Show General Motors Kept Silent on Fatal Crashes
Discussion: Shakesville
Rania Khalek / The Electronic Intifada:
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza's civilians, say doctors
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
Legendary Marine Maj. Zembiec, the ‘Lion of Fallujah,’ died in the service of the CIA
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie to Test Presidential Hopes in Iowa Trip
Discussion: ABC News
Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Exclusive: After Subpoenas in Walker Criminal Probe, WI GOP Sought to Quietly Change Law
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 16, 2014 - Colorado Gov Race Tied …
Discussion: National Review
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
The Looming Political Game Changers
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate-Change Skeptic Is Unbowed
Discussion: Hit & Run and The PJ Tatler