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3:20 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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Boehner: Impeachment a Dem ‘scam’  —  The idea that Republicans would impeach President Obama is a “scam” perpetuated by Democrats, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday.  —  He accused Democrats of hyperbolizing talk of impeaching President Obama to boost their fundraising and turn out their base.
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’
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.
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown  —  The secretary of state has been furiously working on a Mideast ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow Monday when Israel rejected his latest peacemaking plan.  —  On Monday, Secretary of State Kerry took to the podium at the State Department …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
John Kerry's big blunder in seeking an Israel-Gaza cease-fire  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire — and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:   White House: Israel has ‘no stronger defender’ than John Kerry
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
clickorlando.com:
George Zimmerman ‘patrolling’ Central Florida shop after gun theft  —  Owner of Pompano Pat's in DeLand says Zimmerman not working for him  —  DeLAND, Fla. -  —  Although he's not a hired security officer, George Zimmerman has been “patrolling” outside a Volusia County gun shop …
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
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 …
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.
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Legalization by Edict  —  Many people in Washington seem to be talking about the prospect of the president unilaterally legalizing the status of several million people who entered the country illegally as though it were just another political question.  But if reports about the nature …
Discussion: Instapundit
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: JustOneMinute and Instapundit
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Downscale  —  I recently had a conversation with an intensely conservative businessman whose first foray into politics was fighting for a tax hike on his business and others like it.  The little town where he lived as a young man had no paved roads, waterworks, or sewage facilities …
 
 
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