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10:05 AM ET, July 29, 2014

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP internal debate: Is party repeating mistakes of 1998?  —  BARACK OBAMA BILL CLINTON JOHN BOEHNER 2014 ELECTIONS  —  For anyone who was around, it's hard to compare 1998 — the year of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Starr Report, and Bill Clinton's impeachment — with any other year.
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Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Obama Mulls Massive Move on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally …
Politico:   Politicking off impeachment chatter
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Shame of the GOP on border
Agence France-Presse:   N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House AFP 1 hr ago
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Dangerous Game  —  US officials are “fuming” in the AP's words at the barrage of Israeli criticism of Secretary of States John Kerry.  But as Chemi Shalev notes in Haaretz, there's a deeper backstory.  Nothing gets the Obama administration's ire up like the perception (very often grounded in reality) …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
White House: Israel has ‘no stronger defender’ than John Kerry  —  The White House on Monday defended Secretary of State John Kerry, after charges in Israeli media that he was “capitulating” to Hamas in talks to broker a cease-fire in the Mideast.  —  “Israel has no better friend …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: GOP Senate Candidate Caught Saying States Can Nullify Laws  —  Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee in Iowa, doesn't want “federal legislators” to pass laws that “states are considering nullifying,” like Obamacare.  —  Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa …
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The Iraq Enigma: Urgency Subsides, But Danger Persists  —  WASHINGTON — With the U.S. still mulling its options in Iraq and trying to spur the formation of a new government there, Iraqi officials are pressing the case that America's indecision is risking its influence and allies in Baghdad.
Medium:
A Family Tradition  —  We followed family tradition this year by taking 5 of our 22 grandkids, ages 10 through 13, on a trip through the American West.  My Mom and Dad began the tradition, showing their grandchildren the majesty of our country and teaching them about the sacrifices and character of the pioneers.
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and Politico
Michael Lind / Salon:
Break up the states!  The case for the United Statelets of America  —  Here's how Wyoming, Vermont and North Dakota are exercising tyranny over the rest of us — and how to stop them  —  A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed …
Toby Harnden / Real Clear Politics:
Laura Ingraham, Tea Party Giant Killer, Eyes Her Next Scalp  —  SHE has adopted a daughter from Guate­mala and was a speechwriter under President Reagan, who introduced an “amnesty” for three million illegal immigrants in the 1980s.  —  With her striking good looks and her status …
Meredith Shiner / Yahoo! News:
No Labels?  No results?  No problem.  Yahoo News 1 hr ago  —  In 2010, a group of political veterans who said they were tired of the extreme partisanship paralyzing Washington created an organization to advance their new cause.  The founding mission of “No Labels” was …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and CNN
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
North Carolina AG: It's Time To Stop Fighting Gay Marriage In Court  —  North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said on Monday that his office would stop defending the state's gay marriage ban in court after an appeals court struck down a similar ban on same sex marriage in Virginia.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia's same-sex marriage ban
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System  —  Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the “Iron Dome” missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Maliciousness.  Not Incompetence.  —  For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President's stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence.  He is in over his head.  He is inexperienced.  He is out of his league.  It is hard to accept otherwise.  —  But it is clearer and clearer that is not true.
Michael Cannon / Politico:
The Flip-Flopping Architect of the ACA  —  Last week, the D.C. Circuit ruled that the Obama administration has been implementing Obamacare illegally.  Days later, a video featuring the law's chief architect confirmed the court's ruling and raised questions about whether administration officials knew …
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 …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
New Generic Ballot Surveys Don't Show Signs of Republican Wave  —  One of the big questions of this election cycle is whether it will turn out to be a “wave” election, like the one in 2010, when an upswell of anti-Democratic sentiment carried Democrats out of the House.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Spending Big to Fight Big Donors in Campaigns  —  An unlikely alliance of liberal intellectuals, big donors and Republican strategists has hit on a solution to the influence of big money in politics: even more money.  —  Starting Monday, the recently formed Mayday “super PAC” …
 
 
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Heritage Foundation:
New Obamacare Enrollment Data: Employer-Based Coverage Declines
Discussion: National Review and Daily Signal
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Michelle Goldberg / New Yorker:
The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Sam Sokol / Jerusalem Post:
‘We are looking at the beginnings of a Holocaust’
Discussion: NO QUARTER USA NET and Vox Popoli
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
GOPer Asks Secessionists To Rise For ‘National Anthem,’ And Then Sings ‘Dixie’ Instead
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Coming soon: A campaign run entirely by super PACs
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
D.C. seeks stay of gun ruling
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
ABC News:
Cruz Ends Hold on Nominees Over FAA Flight Ban
Discussion: Politico
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Republicans Looking for a New Way to Win Over Hispanics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
FAA Proposes to Fine Southwest Airlines $12M
Discussion: The Verge
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Topless Texans Spar With Open Carry Activists: ‘Boobs For Peace!’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker