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6:30 PM ET, July 24, 2014

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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 …
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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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Patrick: I'm not ‘pals’ with Hillary
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton stands by ‘Russian reset’ in face of recent events
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Masha Gessen / Slate:   The Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president's wider war on the West.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers  —  President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation's most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:   How White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
And minder makes three: For White House interviews, it's never just one-on-one
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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Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Executions should be by firing squad, federal appeals court judge says  —  Days before an Arizona murderer gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes and died nearly two hours after his execution began, a conservative federal appeals judge called for replacing lethal injection with firing squads …
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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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Salon:
Texas gun nuts' scary ritual: How hatred of a president turned profane  —  The “open carry” crew is now spouting right-wing conspiracy theories and waving guns in the worst place imaginable  —  Three weeks before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a concerned citizen from Dallas named …
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.
Ben Judah / Newsweek:
Behind the Scenes in Putin's Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator  —  The President wakes late and eats shortly after noon.  He begins with the simplest of breakfasts.  There is always cottage cheese.  His cooked portion is always substantial; omelette or occasionally porridge.
Discussion: Ricochet
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign Vets: Pay Us $5,000 To Learn — And Work On A Campaign  —  Started by top Obama campaign vets, 270 Strategies' new training program has drawn skepticism from Democrats and progressives on the campaign trail.  —  Darren Hauck / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Two top veterans …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
BuzzFeed Editor Caught Lifting Text From Yahoo! Answers  —  Yahoo! Answers, one of the great artifacts of Internet history, is intently studied at viral news website BuzzFeed, where its trove of half-literate questions (and even less literate answers) has supplied material for at least fifty different posts and listicles.
New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Giving Refugee Status to Youths in Honduras  —  Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:   An Idiot's Guide to Inequality
Wall Street Journal:
The Solution to Border Disorder  —  The best antidote to illegal immigration is a functioning system of legal immigration.
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 …
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservatives Write an Assertive New Script to Fight Abortion  —  It was not on the public schedule for the Republican National Committee's spring meeting at the stately Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis.  But inside a conference room, a group of conservative women held a boot camp to strengthen …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own  —  Republicans' takeover odds remain decent, but this isn't 2006 or 2010  —  Analysts always strain to generalize about elections.  We want to “model” them, find the common elements, and project them as early as possible based on the commonalities.
 
 
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Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Senate NSA compromise likely to come next week
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RT
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems' hands
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit
Jackie Congedo / WLWT-TV:
VP Joe Biden to make Urban League Conference speech
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Still Oppose Lowering the Drinking Age
Politico:
VA talks teeter on collapse
Discussion: ABC News and Hot Air
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Ruling Defends Affirmative Action From New Challenges
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
It Appears a New York Times Writer Wants Orthodox Christian and Islamic Views Stamped Out.  “Ruthlessly.”
Discussion: alicublog and National Review
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Gaza reporters' tweets: Hamas using human shields
Associated Press:
Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info Associated Press 9 mins ago
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
John McCain: Obama full of ‘self-pity’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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IRS Lawlessness: 20 Hard Drives, Six Unanswered Questions
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