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Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Report: Malaysia Airlines flight crashes in Ukraine  —  (CNN) — A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday.  —  Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it lost contact with MH17, and the flight's …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Ukraine Says Russian Plane Shot Down Its Fighter Jet  —  MOSCOW — The Ukrainian government said on Thursday that a Russian military plane had shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace the previous evening, a serious allegation of direct intervention by Russia's armed forces.
CBS News:
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Official says plane shot down over Ukraine  —  Shares -  —  KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace.
New York Times:
Malaysia Airlines Jet Crashes in Ukraine  —  MOSCOW — A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard crashed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, and Ukrainian officials said it may have been shot down, possibly by a Russian-made antiaircraft system.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Peter Leonard / Associated Press:
UKRAINE REBELS: WE DID NOT SHOOT DOWN PLANE  —  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have denied that they are responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.  —  Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister for the rebels …
Tod Lindberg / The New Republic:
The 2014 Midterms Don't Mean Anything  —  Pundits and pols say the stakes couldn't be higher.  Quite the opposite.  —  The political media's handicapping of the November 4 midterm election has contributed to the impression, fostered by many partisans and commentators, that the stakes have never been higher.
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Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Hidden Barrier to a Republican Senate Majority  —  The GOP has had little recent success defeating Democratic incumbents  —  If Republicans are to win the Senate, they probably are going to have to do something they haven't done since 1980: beat more than two Democratic Senate incumbents in November.
New York Times:
Elaine Stritch, Tart-Tongued Broadway Actress and Singer, Is Dead at 89  —  Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim's wryly acrid musings on aging …
Christopher Gunness / UNRWA:
UNRWA STRONGLY CONDEMNS PLACEMENT OF ROCKETS IN SCHOOL  —  Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip.  UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations.
Politico:
Jay Carney cashes in  —  Jay Carney just left the White House podium and he's already joined the ranks of George W. Bush, Tom Brokaw and Mike Ditka in one profitable enterprise: lecturing on the private speaking circuit.  —  The former Obama administration flack signed on this month …
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Mike Allen / Politico:
Dag Vega, Obama's TV whisperer, leaving White House
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Microsoft Corporation:
Stephen Elop's email to employees  —  Microsoft's strategy is focused on productivity and our desire to help people “do more.”  As the Microsoft Devices Group, our role is to light up this strategy for people.  We are the team creating the hardware that showcases the finest of Microsoft's digital work …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Fake screener probes passengers at SFO  —  (07-16) 17:46 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A man suspected of being drunk posed as a security screener at San Francisco International Airport long enough to direct a couple of women into a private booth for pat downs before real security staffers caught on to him, authorities said Wednesday.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Clinton Is Best Known, Best Liked Potential 2016 Candidate  —  Huckabee's image is slightly better than other GOP contenders  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton is currently the best known and best liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates tested in a July 7-10 Gallup poll …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and Politico
Jim Avila / ABC News:
Exclusive: Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical ‘Breakdown’ at the Border  —  The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can't provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them - often by air …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Pentagon told lawmakers that it plans to move six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay  —  The Pentagon recently notified members of Congress that it intends to transfer six low-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay soon, including a Syrian man who is legally challenging the manner …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send 6 Detainees to Uruguay
Discussion: Guardian
Edward Snowden / Guardian:
‘If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that’ - video interview  —  Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, talks exclusively to Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow.  The 31-year-old former intelligence analyst discusses whether …
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Chick-fil-A Is Like Gay Sex: Don't Knock It Till You Try It  —  Hats off, Chick-fil-A!  You've overtaken KFC, and you're aiming to sell healthier fare.  But pssst!  Don't you know 'skinny'='gay'?  —  Chick-fil-A is like gay sex: Don't knock it till you try it.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mediaite
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Lessons from LeBron — How the GOP can use crisis management  —  LeBron James's surprise announcement last Friday that he planned to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Miami Heat offers important lessons for effective crisis management.  Indeed, the most important lesson might …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Towns Fight to Avoid Taking In Migrant Minors  —  OYSTER CREEK, Tex. — A shelter for Central American children who crossed the border illegally opened behind Gregg Griffith's house here a few months ago.  The children are quiet.  No one has hopped over the fence that separates his backyard from the shelter, a once-vacant youth home.
Lindsay Mark Lewis / The Atlantic Online:
The Easiest Fix for Dark Money: Disclose Less Often  —  “Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with nowadays.”  —Will Rogers  —  Super PACs are unquestionably a scandal: The lightly regulated committees mean wealthy donors can funnel unlimited amounts of money into elections anonymously.
Seth Lipsky / New York Post:
Time to annex?  If Palestinians can't govern ...  Israeli military vehicles patrol near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.  —  The collapse of a ceasefire plan for Israel and Hamas would be a moment to test the Jewish state's super-weapon — Caroline Glick.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
 
 
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