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2:15 PM ET, July 28, 2014


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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin's Low-Budget TV Channel Is Pricier Than Netflix  —  Sarah Palin is returning to her roots in low-budget television-but this time, she's on the web, the focus is American politics, and she owns the network.  The Sarah Palin Channel launched Sunday, asking prospective viewers …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sarah Palin Launches Her Own TV Channel Online  —  Sarah Palin - former governor of Alaska, erstwhile candidate for VP of the U.S. and polarizing public figure - has unveiled a new subscription-based Internet TV network that promises direct access to her and her supporters.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin launches online channel as she rips ‘media filters’
The White House:
Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel  —  President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again today by phone about the situation in Gaza.  The President underscored the United States' strong condemnation of Hamas' rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel …
David Grossman / New York Times:
Stop the Grindstone of Israeli-Palestinian Violence
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Michelle Nunn's Campaign Plan  —  Democrats intensely recruited Nunn, and the seat, which is being vacated by Republican senator Saxby Chambliss, is widely considered their best pickup opportunity in the Senate of this election cycle.  Though Nunn announced her candidacy last July …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Michelle Nunn's Campaign Plan  —  Michelle Nunn can come across as a “lightweight,” “too liberal,” not a “real Georgian.”  While she served as CEO for the Points of Light Foundation, the organization gave service awards to “inmates” and “terrorists.”  And her Senate campaign must feature images …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Sites Get Duped By Satire About Bachmann ‘Americanization’ Camps  —  Several news outlets and liberal blogs were fooled this weekend by a faux-news item that claimed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had advocated “Americanization” camps for undocumented migrant children.
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
CORRECTED: Bachmann And Migrant Children  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo / Susan Walsh  —  Update  —  The news site KCTV7 News is a parody.  Rep. Bachmann (R-MN) never made the statement.  We sincerely regret the error.
Gov. Ted Strickland / Politico:
I Tried to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week  —  Thankfully, I did this by myself.  For millions of Americans, a minimum wage salary has to cover an entire family.  Right now, in America, a minimum wage worker is spending her workday worrying about a decision she is going to have to make when she finally makes it home.
Discussion: OnPolitics
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
NYT: Chamber Of Commerce Will Support Dem Mary Landrieu  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reportedly throwing support behind Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), according to the group's national political director, Rob Engstrom.  —  Engstrom told the audience at a Committee of 100 meeting …
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop  —  Impeachment is the final fantasy for obsessive hyper-partisans.  But some Democrats are exploiting the craziness as a fundraising call to arms.  —  Silly season has started - and both parties are trying to fundraise off the fringe.
Discussion: Instapundit and ThinkProgress
Bill Curry / Salon:
My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats  —  A former Clinton aide on how Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash, and new populism the party needs  —  1.  —  In 2006 the Atlantic magazine asked a panel of “eminent historians” …
Discussion: RedState
Lauren French / Politico:
VA bill to be unveiled  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller have reached a $15 billion agreement to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a draft of the agreement.  —  The legislation, which is set to be unveiled Monday afternoon, will give the VA secretary broad …
Discussion: NewsBusters
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Republican Move to Sue Obama  —  Rather than getting on with the country's business and focusing solely on can't-wait issues before they jet out of town this weekend — like the unfinished bill to fix veterans' health care and the stalled bill to deal with the humanitarian crisis …
Discussion: Washington Post
With Liberty to Monitor All  —  How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy  —  The 120-page report documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications …
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
The new land of opportunity for immigrants is Germany  —  BERLIN — An unemployed architect back in Barcelona, Jordi Colombi weighed his options and decided to start a new life.  Armed with two suitcases and a Spanish-omelet recipe to feed his homesickness, he arrived two months ago in the land of opportunity.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Washington Post:
D.C. police won't enforce handgun ban; stay of ruling overturning law will be sought
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
For Chris Christie, New Jersey pension battle presents a test for 2016
Will Freeman / ThinkProgress:
How Missing American Guns Might Be Fueling Terrorists In Afghanistan
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