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12:05 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 …
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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 …
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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.”
Jerusalem Post:
Israel set to open second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations
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.
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Maggie Ybarra / Washington Times:
Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine to fend off Putin-backed rebels
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and RT
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, RT, The Hill and The Verge
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.
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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: ABC News and VodkaPundit
Sophie Novack / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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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: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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Stephen Young / Unfair Park:
An Open Carry Group Protested at Dealey Plaza Saturday. There's a YouTube Video.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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
New York Times:
Cuomo's Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission  —  With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics.  It was barely two months old when its investigators …
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 ctl@cnn.com.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Discussion: Mashable and Mediaite
rubio.senate.gov:
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Congressman Vows to Investigate Google Searches of ‘America’ Movie (Exclusive)  —  “If there was an intent to confuse the public about this movie because of its ideological content, then we're going to find out about it,” says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.  —  Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher …
wgnsradio.com:
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
MH17: Dutch mayor wants Vladimir Putin's daughter Maria deported
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Yael Even Or / Washington Post:
We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.
Discussion: Firedoglake and NewsBusters
Harriet Hernando / Daily Mail:
Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israpundit
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots
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David Dayen / Salon:
“We don't want politicians who've gotta be cajoled”: Keith Ellison unloads to Salon
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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.
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In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)
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