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6:00 PM ET, July 16, 2014

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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 …
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 …
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William Booth / Reuters:
Dispatch: Israeli strike kills four children on a Gaza beach  —  GAZA CITY — It is not unusual for militants to launch rockets from sites near my hotel.  Israeli missiles have also landed pretty close to al-Deira, an old red stucco inn with a large terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Rania Khalek / The Electronic Intifada:
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza's civilians, say doctors
Associated Press:
Democrats fail in attempt to reverse Hobby Lobby contraceptive ruling  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Hot Air and Daily Kos
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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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
The Hill:
CAMPAIGN OVERNIGHT: Senate Dems flex fundraising muscle
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Roll Call
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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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 …
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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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.
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New York Times:
Border Crisis Casts Shadow Over Obama's Immigration Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The crisis on the border with Mexico has overtaken President Obama's plans to use executive action to reshape the nation's immigration system, forcing him to confront a new set of legal, administrative and political complications.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Where's the Oval Avatar?
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.
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 …
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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Rmchatelain / CBS New York:
Police: Al Qaeda Magazine Suggesting Attack On US Open  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The US Open Tennis Championship appears on a wish list of terror targets in an al Qaeda magazine, an NYPD official said Wednesday.  —  In a briefing for New York City's private security community, Rebecca Weiner …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Jihad Watch
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
University at Buffalo paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech  —  When Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to address the University at Buffalo, the largest campus of the State University of New York system, she negotiated a few requirements in addition to her pay of $275,000.
Washington Post:
Decriminalization arrives, and D.C. police prepare for sea change in marijuana laws  —  On Wednesday, a D.C. cop who catches someone carrying a small amount of marijuana is required to launch his suspect on an onerous journey through the criminal justice system — one likely to involve handcuffs, fingerprinting and forensic analysis.
Discussion: FishbowlDC, US News and Poynter
Mark Harris / Guardian:
FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’  —  Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal ‘multitasking’  —  The FBI believes that the driverless car is a “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high …
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
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
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.
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
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Wall Street Journal:
The Hobby Lobby Decision and Its Distortions
Astrid Galvan / Associated Press:
Ariz. Protestors Mistakenly Blockade YMCA Bus Instead Of Migrants
Meredith Broussard / The Atlantic Online:
Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing
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Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are...Conservative
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem
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Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
Legendary Marine Maj. Zembiec, the ‘Lion of Fallujah,’ died in the service of the CIA
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi's goal is to win 25 seats. Here's how she thinks it can happen.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate-Change Skeptic Is Unbowed
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Lerner Associate: “I Don't Understand How Anyone But Straight White Men Can Vote Republican”
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