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2:44 AM ET, July 25, 2014

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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 …
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for ‘biggest, fattest’ checks
Discussion: Politico
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers
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 and Mediaite
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Michael Kiefer / Arizona Republic:
Reporter describes Arizona execution: 2 hours, 640 gasps  —  The first glimpse was from above, framed by two closed-circuit TVs.  —  Joseph Rudolph Wood was strapped to a gurney in an orange jumpsuit as prison medical staff prepared to set intravenous lines in his arms.
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 …
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
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Masha Gessen / Slate:   The Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president's wider war on the West.
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, Mediaite and ACLU
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Patrick: I'm not ‘pals’ with Hillary  —  Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who raised eyebrows earlier this year by questioning the sense of “inevitability” around Hillary Clinton's potential presidential candidacy, emphasized Thursday that he's worried Clinton's inner circle will perpetuate an …
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton stands by ‘Russian reset’ in face of recent events
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans  —  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, according to a draft of the proposal.
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:   An Idiot's Guide to Inequality
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (And Most Everything Else)  —  The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories.  My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way.  Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Balloon Juice and Hot Air
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 …
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges  —  Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration's implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule …
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservatives Hone Script to Light a Fire Over 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 …
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
E.J. Dionne's Unseemly Whinging About the Judiciary Continues Apace  —  In 1973, nine unelected judges (all men), overturned almost two hundred years of unbroken precedent and historical practice and declared that there existed in the United States Constitution a heretofore undiscovered constitutional right to an abortion.
Associated Press:
Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism  —  TACOMA, Wash. — Emerald Queen Casino will cancel two Ted Nugent concerts that were scheduled August 2 and 3 over allegations of racist remarks by the singer.  —  Puyallup Tribe officials said the decision came after learning that Nugent has said racist remarks.
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 …
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 …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Ruling Defends Affirmative Action From New Challenges  —  Given the avalanche of world-shaking news since last week, the shrug greeting the latest chapter in the long-running affirmative action saga at the University of Texas is understandable.  Even the usually lively constitutional law blogosphere …
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Senate NSA compromise likely to come next week  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is close but not yet ready to unveil a negotiated measure to rein in government surveillance.  —  Despite reports that the bill could be unveiled this week, Leahy will unveil …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, RT and Guardian
 
 
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal
New York Times:
Blasts Kill 16 Seeking Haven at Gaza School
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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 reform hits stalemate
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
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Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own
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Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Gaza reporters' tweets: Hamas using human shields
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn't destroy the economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress
BBC:
Doubts grow over Isis ‘FGM edict’ in Iraq
Dr. Tony Phillips / NASA Science:
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012
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