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8:15 PM ET, July 24, 2014

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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  —  Tips to “flip the script” and seize control from presidents, CEOs, and leaders of other institutions.  —  Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes today about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
And minder makes three: For White House interviews, it's never just one-on-one
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain: Arizona execution ‘torture’  —  A botched execution in Arizona on Wednesday amounted to “torture,” said the state's senior senator John McCain.  —  The longtime Republican lawmaker, who experienced years of torture while being held in captivity by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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 …
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
Masha Gessen / Slate:   The Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president's wider war on the West.
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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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan GOP Mayor Compares Atheists To Nazis, KKK  —  The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and two other groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the mayor of Warren, Mich., who banned an atheist group from setting up a station alongside one run by a prayer group in the city hall atrium.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
An Idiot's Guide to Inequality  —  We may now have a new “most unread best seller of all time.”  —  Data from Amazon Kindles suggests that that honor may go to Thomas Piketty's “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which reached No. 1 on the best-seller list this year.
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New York Times:
To Ease Crisis, U.S. May Vet Young Refugees Inside Honduras
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit  —  On April 15 of last year, a thin kid with a bright smile named Abdulrahman Alharbi decided he would stop and watch the Boston Marathon for a few minutes.  A Saudi Arabian studying English in Boston …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Solution to Border Disorder  —  The best antidote to illegal immigration is a functioning system of legal immigration.
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 …
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems' hands  —  Democratic leaders are planning an aggressive effort to turn the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama into a political positive in the 2014 elections, with ads and other paid media designed to cast the GOP as extreme …
 
 
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Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Senate NSA compromise likely to come next week
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RT
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
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
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
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: RGA urged Astorino to avoid meeting after Christie clash
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Capital New York
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn't destroy the economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dr. Tony Phillips / NASA Science:
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