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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 …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Boehner: Impeachment a Dem ‘scam’
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
DCCC chairman: GOP impeachment talk ‘moving our base’
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Shame of the GOP on border
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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 …
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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.
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  —  If House Republicans pass a pared-down funding bill for the border crisis, Senate Democrats are warning they may try to attach the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform bill to the package.  —  The complicated calculus reflects the fact …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear  —  NEAR THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — The curved concrete top of the tunnel grazes the dark-brown buzz cut of Lt. Col. Oshik Azulai, putting it 5 feet and 7 inches above the sand floor.  The walls are about 30 inches apart …
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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 …
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 …
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Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Mississippi's last abortion clinic to stay open — for now
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Candice Choi / ABC News:
McDonald's: Regulator Says It's a ‘Joint Employer’  —  McDonald's says it has been notified by a labor regulator that it can be named a “joint employer” for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants.  —  The decision by the National Labor Relations Board was being closely watched …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Colorado Supreme Court Orders Boulder Clerk To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses  —  As of Monday, 199 marriage licenses had been granted to same-sex couples.  —  WASHINGTON — After issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for more than a month, the Colorado Supreme Court …
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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
 
 
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