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1:05 PM 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.
Discussion: RedState, BuzzFeed and Booman Tribune
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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  —  Something very strange is happening on Capitol Hill.  Democrats can't talk enough about impeaching a president of their own party.  And Republicans keep saying that there isn't a chance they'll give it a try.  —  With just three days left until Congress recesses …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Shame of the GOP on border  —  Even on Capitol Hill, there is a God.  —  Last week, the nation's religious leaders stood up to ask their elected officials to look past politics and see that children — not theoretical abstractions but real, young individuals — are suffering because of inaction by Congress.
Discussion: Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
DCCC chairman: GOP impeachment talk ‘moving our base’  —  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said the Republican lawsuit against and push for impeachment of President Obama is paying dividends for his party.  —  “I think that the Republican strategy of lawsuits …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner: Impeachment Talk Is A ‘Scam’ By Democrats To Raise Money  —  House Speaker John Boehner torched Democrats on Tuesday over talk of impeaching President Barack Obama, insisting that Republicans have no such plans and that Democrats are using the issue to gin up their base.
Discussion: Mediaite
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Red State Democrats Ditch Obama
Associated Press:
LAWMAKERS TRY TO SEAL $225M AID PACKAGE FOR ISRAEL  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Twitchy
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:   White House: Israel has ‘no stronger defender’ than John Kerry
Associated Press:
Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent …
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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
Anna Mulrine / Christian Science Monitor:
US is no safer after 13 years of war, a top Pentagon official says  —  The nation is no safer after 13 years of war, warns a top US military official who leads one of the nation's largest intelligence organizations.  —  “We have a whole gang of new actors out there that are far more extreme than Al Qaeda …
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Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:   The Iraq Enigma: Urgency Subsides, But Danger Persists
Ray Stern / Valley Fever:
Peter Nathan Steinmetz, Barrow Brain Scientist, Arrested at Airport With AR-15  —  Dr. Peter Nathan Steinmetz, a brain scientist with Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, was arrested on Friday for mishandling his AR-15 in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Stan Diel / al.com:
Pray God blocks EPA plan, chief regulator of Alabama utilities tells consumers  —  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alabama's coal industry will lose jobs and consumers will see their utility bills increase should the EPA implement proposed regulations on coal-fired power plants, Alabama regulators …
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Rand Paul planning 2015 book.  Mean anything?  —  WASHINGTON - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working on a new book that will come out early next year - about the same time he will decide whether to run for president.  —  “Just coincidence, probably just coincidence, yeah,” the Republican said …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Matt Valentine / The Atlantic Online:
How Military Guns Make the Civilian Market  —  The U.S. Army plans to select a new standard-issue handgun.  If history is a guide, similar pistols will soon start appearing at gun stores and crime scenes near you.  —  This week, the U.S. Army will brief arms manufacturers on the design requirements for a new standard-issue handgun.
Discussion: Instapundit
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Crist And Scott Could Make History by Being So Unpopular in Florida  —  While the national political scene has decayed into polarized stagnation, Americans' views of state governments have remained mostly positive.  That's probably part of the reason why governors seem to have an advantage when running for president.
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 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 …
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 …
John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
Perry to join NHGOP chair on call today to criticize Shaheen, Obama on border security  —  CONCORD — In a move with laced with ramifications not only for this year's mid-term election, but also possibly for the 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry later today …
Discussion: Hot Air and ABC News
 
 
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Fox News:
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Heritage Foundation:
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