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2:44 AM ET, July 24, 2014


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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Senator John Walsh Confronts Questions of Plagiarism  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February.  A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state's National Guard …
New York Times:
How Senator John Walsh Plagiarized a Final Paper  —  Senator John Walsh of Montana took most of a 2007 final paper required for his master's degree from the United States Army War College from other sources without proper attribution.  Mr. Walsh copies an entire page nearly word-for-word …
Ted Cruz:
Did President Obama Just Launch an Economic Boycott of Israel?  —  SEN. CRUZ RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING FAA'S FLIGHT SUSPENSIONS TO ISRAEL  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today questioned the Obama Administration's decision to ban flights to Israel while, at the same time …
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
FAA extends flight ban to Israel for another 24 hours  —  The Federal Aviation Administration extended its prohibition Wednesday against U.S. flights to Israel's Tel Aviv airport for a second day.  —  Analysts say the ban is a blow to tourism, but one that could be overcome once the ban is lifted.
Yahoo! News:
World suspension of Israel flights a ‘great victory’: Hamas AFP 1 hr ago  —  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Hamas said Wednesday that the suspension of international flights to and from Israel over security concerns about Gaza rocket fire was a “great victory.”
Anton Zverev / Reuters:
Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile  —  (Reuters) - A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to Counter Russia's Jet-Killers
The Intercept:
The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist  —  The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Hill, The Verge and RT
Sophie Novack /
GAO Launched an Obamacare Sting Operation—and Almost All Fake Insurance Applications Were Approved  —  The report suggests the health care law's eligibility verification system isn't working.  —  An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted …
Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem  —  Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.
David Horovitz / The Times of Israel:
The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas
Discussion: The Dish, Israel Matzav and Power Line
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Hamas Gambled on War as Its Woes Grew in Gaza
Discussion: VodkaPundit and ABC News
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Watch: Open Carry Activists Hold Event at Dealey Plaza, Site of Kennedy Assassination  —  A group of open carry gun activists who protested Saturday at Dealey Plaza in Dallas filmed a bizarre, more-than-10-minute video of their demonstration and posted it to YouTube.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Stephen Young / Unfair Park:
An Open Carry Group Protested at Dealey Plaza Saturday. There's a YouTube Video.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Woman allegedly pulls out gun in the Walmart parking lot after being asked to “Slow Down”  —  A 37-year old woman by the name of Angela Scruggs has been arrested after she allegedly pulled out a gun during what has been described as an “Aggravated Assault.”  The incident unfolded in the Rutherford Blvd. Walmart parking lot on Tuesday.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Rep. Mocks C-SPAN Caller's Conspiracies: Watch ‘Less Fox News’ (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) on Wednesday put a C-SPAN caller in his place after he asked the congressman to defend President Obama from a laundry list of scandals coveted by conservatives.
Discussion: Mediaite
John D. Sutter / CNN:
The argument for eating dog  —  Editor's note: John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and creator of CNN's Change the List project.  Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.  E-mail him at  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Discussion: Mashable and Mediaite
Associated Press:
Arizona Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Begins  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
Rubio Delivers Address On Values At Catholic University  —  Rubio: “A strong America is not possible without strong Americans - a people formed by the values necessary for success, the values of education and hard work, strong marriages and empowered parents.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates  —  On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released the results of a poll of Americans' opinions on the “Star Wars” universe.  Not surprisingly, Jar Jar Binks is the most reviled character in the series.
Yael Even Or / Washington Post:
We are Israeli reservists.  We refuse to serve.  —  A petition.  —  Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war.  Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves …
Discussion: Firedoglake and NewsBusters
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children  —  After protesters shouting “Go Home” turned back busloads of immigrant mothers and children in Murrieta, Calif., a furious Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, sat down at his notepad and drafted …
Discussion: National Review and Politico
Ted Nugent / Post-Crescent Media:
Ted Nugent fires back at ‘vermin’ who want Oshkosh show canceled  —  Ted Nugent, who performs Saturday at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh, has a few words for critics calling for Waterfest organizers to cancel his show.  —  “I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset …
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Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
MH17: Dutch mayor wants Vladimir Putin's daughter Maria deported
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Verge
David Dayen / Salon:
“We don't want politicians who've gotta be cajoled”: Keith Ellison unloads to Salon
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Yahoo! News:
Ready for Warren?  Well, even if you are, the Democratic senator says she's not Power Players 15 mins ago
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
White House Website Includes Unique Non-Cookie Tracker, Conflicts With Privacy Policy
Discussion: RT and The Daily Caller
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: Obama “Not Raised With An American Experience”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Halbig said it was applying the law as written. Don't believe it.
Discussion: Politico and ACS Blog
Gcourter / Atlas Network:
In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)
CNN Poll: Is Obamacare working?