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9:45 AM ET, July 24, 2014

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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
John Walsh, Democrat, 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 …
ABC News:
Senator Says He Had PTSD When He Wrote Thesis
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Ted Cruz hits back at State Department  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is slamming the State Department after a spokeswoman called his claim that the Federal Aviation Administration made a politically motivated decision to halt U.S. airlines' flights to Israel “ridiculous and offensive.”
Discussion: The Hill and NewsBusters
Wall Street Journal:
The Solution to Border Disorder  —  The best antidote to illegal immigration is a functioning system of legal immigration.
Associated Press:
ARIZONA INMATE DIES 2 HOURS AFTER EXECUTION BEGAN  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — 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.
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Jack Simpson / The Independent:
MH17: Ukraine MPs fight in parliament following decision to call up extra border troops  —  Scuffles have broken out in the Ukrainian parliament after a presidential decree was approved to call up more reserves to defend the country against the growing numbers of Russian troops on the country's eastern border.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
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Anton Zverev / Reuters:
Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
CNN Poll: Twice As Many Americans Were Hurt By Obamacare Than Helped  —  1.6K  —  SHARES  —  Not an unusual data point at all, based on the polling trend — but a timely reality check for the delusional “people love Obamacare!” propagandists.  CNN's latest national survey includes a number …
Discussion: NBC News
Oliver Darcy / TheBlaze.com:
Video: Woman in Labor ‘Not Allowed’ to Cross Street to Hospital Over Obama's Impending Motorcade  —  Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented by authorities from crossing a Los Angeles street to a hospital Wednesday because the road had been closed for President Barack Obama's impending motorcade.
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 …
Investor's Business Daily:
IRS Lawlessness: 20 Hard Drives, Six Unanswered Questions  —  Scandal: An internationally accredited information-technology asset-management firm says the IRS has some explaining to do as our patience is taxed with tales of even more convenient computer crashes.
Paul Ryan / USA Today:
An opportunity to cut poverty  —  Let's re-conceive the federal government's role in providing a safety net for the poor.  —  This week, our economy received some bad news: The International Monetary Fund revised its projection for U.S. economic growth this year to just 1.7%.  Working families will pay the price.
Discussion: CNN
Des Moines Register:
Editor who used ‘gaystapo’ claims religious discrimination  —  An Iowa newspaper editor fired after publishing his views on homosexuals is claiming he was the victim of religious discrimination by his former employer.  —  Bob Eschliman, former editor of the Newton Daily News …
Elizabeth Green / New York Times:
Why Do Americans Stink at Math?  —  Photo illustratIon by Andrew B. Myers.  Prop stylIst: Randi Brookman HarrIs.  Calculator icons by Tim Boelaars.  —  When Akihiko Takahashi was a junior in college in 1978, he was like most of the other students at his university in suburban Tokyo.
Discussion: Eduwonk
Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
Jihadi cleric calls for Muslim fighters to join the fighting in Gaza  —  “Our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs,” says rebel fighter.  —  A new jihadi media outlet called Al-Fawaris released a video calling on Gazans to endure the military operation …
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Senator Manchin: What My Daughter Did Should Be Illegal  —  West Virginia senator vows to support legislation that would stop CEOs like his daughter from renouncing firms' U.S. citizenship.  —  You're a United States senator from a state struggling to compete in the world economy.
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.
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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Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
MH17: Dutch mayor wants Vladimir Putin's daughter Maria deported
Yael Even Or / Washington Post:
We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Firedoglake
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children
Discussion: National Review and Politico
John D. Sutter / CNN:
The argument for eating dog
Discussion: Mashable and Mediaite
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Rubio Delivers Address On Values At Catholic University
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Rep. Mocks C-SPAN Caller's Conspiracies: Watch ‘Less Fox News’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Verge
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Halbig said it was applying the law as written. Don't believe it.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates
Discussion: Guardian and RedState
Gcourter / Atlas Network:
In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)
 

 
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Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic

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