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4:50 PM ET, July 16, 2014

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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
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Rania Khalek / The Electronic Intifada:
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza's civilians, say doctors
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
How Americans Feel About Religious Groups  —  Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly  —  Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public.  When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 …
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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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
O'Malley , Obama administration spar over immigration policies  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) appears to be facing the consequences of sharply challenging the Obama administration's efforts to deal with an influx of immigrant children who have crossed the border into this country unaccompanied.
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.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Where's the Oval Avatar?
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Coming Democratic Schism  —  There is a striking generational split in the Democratic electorate.  —  This deepening division is apparent in a June Pew Research Center survey of more than 10,000 people, “Beyond Red vs. Blue.”  The Pew survey points up the emergence of a cohort …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Dem birth control bill stalls  —  Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that would require companies to offer birth control coverage in staff health plans.  —  Democrats had moved the legislation as a response to last month's Supreme Court ruling rejecting the healthcare law's mandate …
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The Hill:
CAMPAIGN OVERNIGHT: Senate Dems flex fundraising muscle
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Roll Call
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Offers Birth Control Bill That Literally Does Nothing
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FEDS TO OPEN $50 MILLION RESORT FOR ILLEGAL CHILDREN - Complete With Tennis Courts, Sauna & Pools  —  Welcome to America!  —  The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens.
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Continuing Agonies of the Super-Rich  —  As we well know by now, being rich in America is tough.  Imagine driving your Porsche out the Goldman Sachs garage, intent on a relaxing weekend at your Hamptons retreat, only to find some wretched Occupy sympathizer giving you a dirty look through …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Stewart To Clinton: ‘No One Cares’ About Your Book, Are You Running For President?  (VIDEO)  —  Jon Stewart went straight to the burning question Tuesday night when Hillary Clinton stopped by “The Daily Show.”  —  “I think I speak for everyone when I say no one cares …
Discussion: Shakesville and New York Times
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New York Times:
$80 Billion Offer From Rupert Murdoch Is Rejected, but Time Warner May Be in Play  —  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.  —  The bold approach could put Time Warner in play …
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.
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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.
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: CNN, Politico and Hot Air
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
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 …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Surge of Central American Children Roils U.S. Immigration Debate  —  Obama Job Rating Steady, No Change in Economic Views  —  As the president and Congress struggle over how to deal with the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the U.S.-Mexican border …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
 
 
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Meredith Broussard / The Atlantic Online:
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FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’
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