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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’
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Shame of the GOP on border
Discussion: Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
DCCC chairman: GOP impeachment talk ‘moving our base’
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Judge puts D.C. handgun ruling on hold  —  A federal judge on Tuesday put on hold his decision invalidating the District's long-standing ban on carrying handguns in public places.  —  The judge's stay, in effect for 90 days, gives city officials and D.C. police officers some breathing room …
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
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.”
 
 
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The Urban Institute:
Delinquent Debt in America
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Keith Ellison / Washington Post:
End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Legalization by Edict  —  Many people in Washington seem …
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Anna Mulrine / Christian Science Monitor:
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Pelosi calls for quick vote on Veterans Affairs bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matt Valentine / The Atlantic Online:
How Military Guns Make the Civilian Market
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