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3:55 PM ET, July 21, 2014

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Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Biden Agenda  —  Reckoning with Ukraine and Iraq, and keeping an eye on 2016. … “No pressure, but I do have another couple who are very interested.”  —  BUY AS PRINT» … “In closing, I would like to remind the jury that he says he didn't do it.”  —  BUY AS PRINT»
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New Yorker:
A Note to Our Readers … “Tell everyone it was a bigger bird.”  —  BUY AS PRINT»
Discussion: The Verge and The Huffington Post
Capital New York:
A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes  —  The New Yorker will debut its long awaited, revamped website today, about which you'll see plenty of commentary and criticism.  —  But to understand what the imperatives of the new website mean for The New Yorker in 2014, it's not a bad idea to step back in time just a little.
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17  —  And it's more of a problem than you think.  —  Did you know Malaysia Air Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam?  Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason …
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New York Times:
Ukraine Separatists Yield, Allowing Bodies to Depart and Agreeing to Hand Over Black Boxes  —  KIEV, Ukraine — After days of obstruction, Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine permitted Dutch forensics experts on Monday to search the wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner destroyed …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Dim views of Hillary Clinton's time at State  —  A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton's performance as secretary of state, according to a new POLITICO poll.  —  Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.”
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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Senators: Response to tragedy ‘too timid’
Discussion: Politico
Jacob Fischler / Monitor:
Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV  —  National Guard Capt. Martha Nigrelle takes a photo of a washed-out bridge to show the hazardous terrain Border Patrol agents encounter on May 19, 2014, in Laredo, Texas.  Border Patrol agents are guided to illegal immigrants …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Is the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?  —  Ordering a cheeseburger with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.  —  President Obama walks into the Charcoal Pit restaurant to eat lunch with a single mother in Wilmington, Del.(Getty Images)
Bloomberg:
Clinton Earns $12 Million Speaking, Writing After Service  —  Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party's call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor.  —  Clinton's income since her resignation …
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The New Republic:
The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble  —  I.  —  At around noon on March 20 last year, Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport for Barack Obama's first presidential visit to Israel.
Noah Pollak / Weekly Standard:
All The News Hamas Sees Fit to Print  —  Something important is missing from the New York Times's coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry, and use of human shields.  —  It appears the Times is silently …
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Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
In Gaza, Epithets Are Fired and Euphemisms Give Shelter
Bruce Japsen / Forbes:
Hospitals See Troubles In Red States That Snubbed Obamacare's Medicaid Deal  —  While record numbers of Americans sign up for the larger Medicaid health insurance program for the poor, financial issues are emerging for medical care providers in the two dozen states that didn't go along with the expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Imaginary Budget and Debt Crisis  —  For much of the past five years readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issue facing America.  Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning …
Thomas Frank / Salon:
Right-wing obstruction could have been fought: An ineffective and gutless presidency's legacy is failure  —  Yes, we know, the crazy House.  But we were promised hope and change on big issues.  We got no vision and less action  —  Predicting the future course of American politics is a lively and flourishing vocation.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 21, 2014 - Limit Marijuana To Home, Members-Only Clubs, Colorado Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; 50% Back Supreme Court On Contraception  —  Marijuana use should be legal in members-only clubs, Colorado voters say 66 - 29 percent, but not in bars and clubs …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Americans Say Business Background Is Best for Governing  —  Majority feel U.S. would be better governed with more female leaders  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four in five Americans (81%) say the U.S. would be better governed if more people with business and management experience were in political office.
 
 
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Danusha V. Goska / American Thinker:
How far left was I?  So far left my beloved uncle was a card …
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Siena College:
Cuomo Leads Astorino by 37 Points
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How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights
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