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12:45 PM ET, July 24, 2014

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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.
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BBC:
Isis ‘ordering female genital mutilation’ in Iraq - UN  —  A top UN official in Iraq has said the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the city of Mosul is seeking to impose female genital mutilation.  —  All females aged 11 and 46 in the northern city must undergo the procedure …
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Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Why the DC Circuit's interpretation of the ACA in Halbig v. Burwell is far from “absurd”  —  In its recent controversial decision in Halbig v. Burwell, the US Court of appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that people purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are only eligible …
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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 PoliticusUSA
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Ted Cruz:
Did President Obama Just Launch an Economic Boycott of Israel?
Wall Street Journal:
The Solution to Border Disorder  —  The best antidote to illegal immigration is a functioning system of legal immigration.
CNN:
Journalist working for CNN abducted in Ukraine  —  Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was abducted by pro-Russian separatists.  —  Armed men from the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic seized Anton Skiba outside …
Dr. Tony Phillips / NASA Science:
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012  —  If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news.  —  Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
David Gregory: Dead Head Talking?  —  NBC News' chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, and Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are jockeying to replace the moderator of Meet the Press.  —  Whenever he got around to reading the unpleasant item in the Page Six column on Wednesday …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Thomas E. Ricks / Politico:
Why Am I Moving Left?  —  I used to be right down the middle.  But America's changed, and so have I.  —  In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward.  —  This is unexpected.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse
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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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Arizona execution lasts nearly two hours, witness says Joseph Wood was ‘gasping and struggling to breathe’
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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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
John McCain: Obama full of ‘self-pity’  —  Sen. John McCain turned amateur psychologist on Wednesday and diagnosed President Barack Obama with a lack of desire to “social interface” with people and with “self-pity.”  —  “The self-pity that Obama continues to exhibit is really kind of sad …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Pew Research Center:
GOP Has Midterm Engagement Advantage  —  But ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Narrower than in 2010  —  The Republican Party holds a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall's midterm elections, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center.  Yet GOP voters are not as enthused …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Hamid Ould Ahmed / Reuters:
Missing Air Algerie plane from Burkina Faso has crashed: Algerian official  —  (Reuters) - An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.  —  There were few clear indications …
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: Politico and Daily Kos
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Josh Topolsky of The Verge Is Joining Bloomberg  —  Josh Topolsky, the co-founder of the technology website The Verge, will join Bloomberg as the editor of a series of new online ventures it is introducing as part of a revamped journalism strategy.  —  Mr. Topolsky will start Aug. 4 …
 
 
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