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7:50 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
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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The White House:
Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
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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Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Perry to send 1,000 National Guard troops to border  —  (CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border  —  Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro on Monday said Gov. Rick Perry's is “militarizing our border” with his reported decision to deploy state National Guard troops there.  —  “We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard …
Peggy Fikac / MySanAntonio.com:
Perry to send 1,000 Texas Guard troops to South Texas border
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC Contributor Slams Network For Pro-Israel Coverage: ‘We Are Ridiculous!’  —  An MSNBC contributor used her appearance on the cable news channel Monday to sharply criticize its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict.  —  During an interview on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” Palestinian journalist …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
MSNBC Contributor Criticizes MSNBC On MSNBC For Air Time Given To Palestinian Voices  —  MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal criticizes the network and Andrea Mitchell by name.  —  View Video ›  —  Monday's edition of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily featured criticism of the network's coverage …
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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ThinkProgress:
Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents  —  A luxury condo building on New York City's Upper West Side has gotten clearance from the city to have a separate entrance, or a “poor door,” for low-income tenants, according to the New York Post.
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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)
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.
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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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
New England Journal Of Medicine: 20 Million Covered Under Obamacare  —  A report published last week in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine provided an overview of Obamacare's first year, its successes and the challenges ahead.  It also offered a yet another estimate of the number of people covered by the law: 20 million.
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 …
 
 
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