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5:35 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 …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Boehner: Impeachment a Dem ‘scam’
Discussion: Washington Post and Firedoglake
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Shame of the GOP on border
Discussion: Politico
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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Politico:
Dems warn GOP on border bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?  —  Let's concede for a moment that most of us don't believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad.  Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why I Have Become Less Pro-Israel  —  A bad run for liberal Zionism.  —  A half-dozen years ago, I attended the first conference of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel organization, to debate the meaning of the term pro-Israel itself.  Pitted against Matthew Yglesias, I maintained that …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
A NYT Lede That Duplicates Wikipedia  —  Exhibit A is the fourth paragraph from the biography section of Wikipedia's entry for Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo (all underlining is ours):  —  During his lifetime, Cosimo acquired a reputation for eccentricity …
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 …
Dave Gilson / Mother Jones:
“You damned Polack, you step one foot out of that door and I'll kill you,” Dowlut said the cop growled as he patted his gun. … The Webley Mark VI revolver that police said Dowlut dug up in the South Bend City Cemetery Indiana Supreme Court … Dowlut was already known to police …
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
Susan Walsh / Associated Press:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Law, Saves Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional.  —  The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court …
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 …
Simon Maloy / Salon:
No Labels, no respect: The bipartisan “solutions” group embodies the worst of D.C.  —  No Labels is raising money largely for itself, and its attempts to break gridlock are silly and self-defeating  —  No Labels was once the embodiment of a dream.  It was the dream of a bunch of wealthy …
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 …
Worthy Christian News:
Obama Thanks Muslims for ‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)- As Ramadan came to a close, President Obama thanked the Muslim community “for its many achievements and contributions” and “building the very fabric of our nation” and “strengthening the core of our democracy.”
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.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth Attacks Todd Tiahrt After Giving Him 100% Score in 2010  —  In his last two years in Congress, Kansas Republican Todd Tiahrt voted with the Club for Growth position on legislation 90% of the time in 2009 and 100% of the time in 2010, but that's not enough to spare him the Club's wrath …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Roll Call
 
 
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