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7:25 PM ET, July 30, 2014

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats Are Way More Obsessed With Impeachment Than Republicans  —  House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that Republicans have no plans to impeach President Obama, and that all the impeachment talk was driven by Democrats hoping to stir up their base.  —  Boehner's statement isn't literally true …
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama to GOP: Stop hating  —  President Obama asked Republicans to stop “hating” and “being mad all the time” during a Wednesday speech in Kansas City, Mo., focused on the economy.  —  The president accused GOP lawmakers of needlessly suing him, instead of doing their jobs.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
House Republican Insists He's Not Considering Impeaching Obama, Then Admits He Is, All In Less Than 60 Seconds  —  Since Sarah Palin called for impeaching President Obama earlier this month, most Republican lawmakers have distanced themselves from her comments and blamed Democrats for seizing on the issue to grow their campaign coffers.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Cruz whipping tonight against Boehner border bill
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate votes to start debate on emergency border bill
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: No to Obama lawsuit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Former IRS Official Called GOP ‘Crazies’ in Email  —  A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans “crazies” and more in newly released emails.  —  Lois Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status.
Discussion: CNN
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David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
An Apology: On Images From Gaza  —  I questioned the authenticity of a photo from Khan Younis hospital.  It was a mistake.  —  I made a mistake earlier this week in a series of Twitter posts.  It's not a mistake to which Atlantic editors were party in any way.
David Wasserman / Washington Post:
The most frightening candidate I've met in seven years interviewing congressional hopefuls  —  As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I've personally interviewed over 300 congressional candidates over the course of seven years, both to get to know them and evaluate their chances of winning.
ABC News:
US Condemns Shelling of UN School in Gaza  —  The White House condemned the shelling Wednesday of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering Palestinians displaced by the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.  —  The U.S. didn't assign responsibility for the shelling …
Discussion: Gawker and Rush Limbaugh
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Washington Post:
Israel presses attack; 20 killed at U.N. school
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Nathan Schacht / Media Trackers:
Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law  —  A low-profile Google Group used by over 1,000 state and national leftwing leaders and activists has been discovered thanks to Wisconsin's open records law.  A Media Trackers inquiry into the actions of a University …
Discussion: RedState and Vox Popoli
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan on Immigration, Inversions, Impeachment and 2016  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) weighed in on virtually every issue percolating in Washington Wednesday, from immigration to impeachment, during a wide-ranging breakfast with reporters hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: I'll Consider Presidential Run After 2014 Elections
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Dayen / Salon:
Rick Perlstein: “Ronald Reagan absolved America almost in a priestly role not to have to contend with sin.  The consequences are all around us today"  —  From climate change to foreign affairs, Reagan pushed America toward easy lies, just as reckoning seemed possible
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
PROBE EXPOSES FLAWS BEHIND HEALTHCARE.GOV ROLLOUT  —  FILE - This Nov. 5, 2013 file photo shows Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's …
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Hood calls out ‘political blogger’ in pay-to-lie scheme  —  PHILADELPHIA — Attorney General Jim Hood said his office is investigating whether a “political blogger” paid a Meridian man to lie about a vote-buying scheme.  —  During his speech at the Neshoba County Fair …
Mitch Ginsburg / The Times of Israel:
3 IDF soldiers killed in booby-trapped UNRWA clinic  —  Forces were trying to safeguard building before demolishing a tunnel there when device exploded, also injuring 15 other troops  —  Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed the opening of a tunnel.
NBC News:
Analysis: Impeachment Talk Becomes a Cynical Game  —  So both sides are playing this cynical game, turning the midterms into a base election that will be decided by who best motivates their base rather than by trying to fix the country's problems.  (Republicans: “This President is breaking the law!”
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Sean Kennedy / CNN:
Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate
Evan Thomas / The Atlantic Online:
The Untapped Secrets of the Nixon Tapes  —  Forty years after Watergate, it's easy to imagine we know all there is to know about Tricky Dick.  Two new books show how wrong that is.  —  Richard Nixon taped roughly 3,700 hours of his conversations as president.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why I have become more pessimistic about Israel  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  “I have become less pro-Israel,” admits Jonathan Chait in a powerful piece for New York Magazine.  But I don't think Chait has become less pro-Israel.  I think he's become more pessimistic about Israeli policy.
Brent Staples / New York Times:
The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia  —  The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 1930s and that was firmly rooted in prejudices against Mexican immigrants and African-Americans …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Mystery Campaign Publishes Names, Addresses Of Opponents Of LGBT-Discrimination Ban  —  “If you're embarrassed that your political views are on public display, then maybe you should rethink your political views,” one Houston LGBT advocate says.  —  A new website has made available …
 
 
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John Dickerson / CBS News:
Why the GOP's class of 2016 hopefuls may be the best in generations
Brad Smith / Wall Street Journal:
We're Fighting the Feds Over Your Email
Discussion: The Daily Caller and emptywheel
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. Weighs in on OH, WI Voting Cases
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Emma Green / The Atlantic Online:
Satanists Troll Hobby Lobby
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