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2:15 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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nbclosangeles.com:
Woman in Labor Unable to Cross Street to Hospital Because of Obama Motorcade
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: I need to ‘work on’ press relations  —  Hillary Clinton, who has long had a tempestuous relationship with the media, on Thursday said she may need to “work on” her “expectations” of the press.  —  Her comments, which came on NPR's “On Point” program, follow criticism …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton stands by ‘Russian reset’ in face of recent events
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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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Abbe R. Gluck / Politico:
What the D.C. Circuit Got Wrong About Obamacare
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 …
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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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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Wall Street Journal:
The Solution to Border Disorder  —  The best antidote to illegal immigration is a functioning system of legal immigration.
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 …
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 …
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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
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 …
Matt Gutman / ABC News:
Grim Details Emerge in FSU Professor's Shooting Death … A criminal law professor at Florida State University gunned down at his home was shot in the side of the head at relatively close range, ABC News has exclusively learned.  —  Professor Dan Markel, 41, was fatally shot Saturday …
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.”
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 …
Lauren French / Politico:
House panel backs Obama lawsuit  —  The House Rules Committee approved a resolution Thursday allowing the full House to vote on authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama accusing him of abusing executive authority.  —  The 7-4 vote was split along partisan lines, just as the vote in the full chamber is sure to be.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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, Washington Post and Daily Kos
Ben Crair / The New Republic:
2014 Is Already the Worst Year in the History of Lethal Injection  —  Another day, another problematic execution  —  On Wednesday afternoon, a prisoner named Joseph Rudolph Wood III suffered what was one of the longest executions in U.S. history.  Executioners in Arizona began pumping …
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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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Dylan Matthews / Vox:
A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn't destroy the economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign Vets: Pay Us $5,000 To Learn — And Work On A Campaign
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jordan Steffen / Denver Post:
FEDERAL JUDGE DECLARES COLORADO BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Guardian
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Josh Topolsky of The Verge Is Joining Bloomberg
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Elizabeth Green / New York Times:
Why Do Americans Stink at Math?
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Eduwonk
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
CNN Poll: Twice As Many Americans Were Hurt By Obamacare Than Helped
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
MH17: Dutch mayor wants Vladimir Putin's daughter Maria deported
Discussion: Bloomberg View, ABC News and Mediaite
Yael Even Or / Washington Post:
We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Firedoglake