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4:15 AM ET, July 29, 2014

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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?  —  Six reasons why Israel is on the back foot even as it wins the battle against rockets and tunnels  —  Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza …
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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 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 …
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
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: CNN and Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Booman Tribune
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Topless Texans Spar With Open Carry Activists: ‘Boobs For Peace!’  —  Two topless women verbally sparred with an open-carry advocacy group over gun rights Saturday in downtown Austin.  —  Come and Take It Texas, the open carry group, posted two videos of the tense exchange on its Facebook page …
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, AEIdeas and Forbes
Pierre Omidyar / First Look Media:
Nine Months in, First Look is Still Very Much a Startup  —  It's been some time since I've shared what we're working on at First Look Media and I wanted to provide an update.  Many of you may have seen the video we produced earlier this year in which I described the broad goals of our organization.
Heritage Foundation:
New Obamacare Enrollment Data: Employer-Based Coverage Declines  —  Abstract … The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a series of monthly reports on exchange performance during the initial open enrollment period (October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014) …
Discussion: National Review and Daily Signal
Michelle Goldberg / New Yorker:
The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.  —  On May 24th, a few dozen people gathered in a conference room at the Central Library, a century-old Georgian Revival building in downtown Portland, Oregon, for an event called Radfems Respond.  The conference had been convened …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Sam Sokol / Jerusalem Post:
‘We are looking at the beginnings of a Holocaust’  —  Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr warns MKs against linking anti-Semitism and Gaza operation.  —  The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and NO QUARTER USA NET
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” …
David Weigel / Slate:
Poll: Hillary Clinton Does Better With White Voters Than Any Democrat Since 1976  —  Long ago, before the God of Narratives decided that Hillary Clinton was an out-of-touch elitist, she was seen as a fearsome 2016 contender.  As the theory went, she could outpoll Barack Obama with white voters while winning nonwhite voters.
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
GOPer Asks Secessionists To Rise For ‘National Anthem,’ And Then Sings ‘Dixie’ Instead  —  Video has surfaced of a Maryland Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Council singing “Dixie” as the national anthem at a secession conference in Alabama.  —  Video has surfaced …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
 
 
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Agence France-Presse:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Coming soon: A campaign run entirely by super PACs
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
D.C. seeks stay of gun ruling
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ABC News:
Cruz Ends Hold on Nominees Over FAA Flight Ban
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Reuters:
UN Security Council officially calls for unconditional cease-fire in Gaza
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Republicans Looking for a New Way to Win Over Hispanics
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Lawmakers announce VA deal
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