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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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Red State Democrats Ditch Obama
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia
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 and Althouse
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
White House: Israel has ‘no stronger defender’ than John Kerry  —  The White House on Monday defended Secretary of State John Kerry, after charges in Israeli media that he was “capitulating” to Hamas in talks to broker a cease-fire in the Mideast.  —  “Israel has no better friend …
Agence France-Presse:   N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House AFP 1 hr ago
Medium:
A Family Tradition  —  We followed family tradition this year by taking 5 of our 22 grandkids, ages 10 through 13, on a trip through the American West.  My Mom and Dad began the tradition, showing their grandchildren the majesty of our country and teaching them about the sacrifices and character of the pioneers.
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and Politico
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 …
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: Instapundit
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System  —  Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the “Iron Dome” missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities …
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
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 …
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: Balloon Juice and CNN
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 …
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The Iraq Enigma: Urgency Subsides, But Danger Persists  —  WASHINGTON — With the U.S. still mulling its options in Iraq and trying to spur the formation of a new government there, Iraqi officials are pressing the case that America's indecision is risking its influence and allies in Baghdad.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws
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Spending Big to Fight Big Donors in Campaigns
Michelle Goldberg / New Yorker:
The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.
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David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
GOPer Asks Secessionists To Rise For ‘National Anthem,’ And Then Sings ‘Dixie’ Instead
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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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