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3:00 PM ET, July 30, 2014

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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.
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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 …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: No to Obama lawsuit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate votes to start debate on emergency border bill
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Daily Kos
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Boehner rules out impeachment, but Democrats cash in on the threat
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.
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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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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Lois Lerner email: Some in GOP ‘crazies’  —  Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refers to some Republicans as “—  holes” and “crazies” in an exchange from 2012, according to emails released by House Republicans on Wednesday.  —  “Maybe we are through if there are that many —
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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
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 …
Sofia Resnick / RH Reality Check:
Hobby Lobby Allegedly Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy  —  When a very pregnant Felicia Allen applied for medical leave from her job at Hobby Lobby three years ago, one might think that the company best known for denying its employees insurance coverage of certain contraceptives …
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
THIRD ROCKET ARSENAL FOUND AT UN SCHOOL IN GAZA  —  The United Nations Relief & Works Agency For Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Tuesday that another rocket stockpile has been found at one of its schools in Gaza.  This instance marks the third time since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge …
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: Second Quarter 2014 (Advance Estimate)  —  Annual Revision: 1999 through First Quarter 2014  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
Lexington Herald-Leader:
NATIONAL VIDEOS  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes kicked off a bus tour to this weekend's annual Fancy Farm picnic by opening her Fayette County headquarters with a few hundred cheering supporters.  —  A day after the Bluegrass Poll showed U.S. Senate Minority …
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and National Review
Emma Green / The Atlantic Online:
Satanists Troll Hobby Lobby  —  Sometimes American religious liberty gets weird.  An Amish person can be sent to prison for shearing the beard of another Amish person.  A gentile can discover a love for kosher food in prison.  And the same laws that protect the religious freedom …
Discussion: ACS Blog
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades  —  Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Booman Tribune
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Will Speaker move bill on the pope?  —  A popular piece of legislation that seeks to honor Pope Francis is stuck in Congress.  —  With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Wichita Eagle:
3-year-old boy dies after apparent accidental shooting (VIDEO)  —  A 3-year-old boy has died after what apparently was an accidental shooting in a home in the 500 block of East Lincoln on Tuesday afternoon, Wichita police said.  —  Police said they believe the mother and her boyfriend …
Los Angeles Times:
DWP defends response to UCLA flood, says crews had to find valve  —  A top Los Angeles utility official faced tough questions Tuesday night about the response to a massive pipe break that flooded UCLA and surrounding areas with millions of gallons of water and threatened the near-term use of Pauley Pavilion.
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.
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The West Has Cornered Putin—and That's When He's Most Dangerous  —  Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin.  A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine …
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: I'll Consider Presidential Run After 2014 Elections
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dionne Searcey / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 4% Rate in Second Quarter, Beating Expectations
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Damon Linker / The Week:
What religious traditionalists can teach us about sex
Discussion: Hot Air, The Dish and RedState
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Overtakes MSNBC in July as Ratings Take a Hit
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
What Debate? Economists Agree the Stimulus Lifted the Economy
Discussion: EconLog and TheMoneyIllusion
kff.org:
Where are California's Uninsured Now?  Wave 2 of the Kaiser Family Foundation California Longitudinal Panel Survey
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Emily Orley / BuzzFeed:
Paramount Deletes Controversial 9/11 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Poster
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
Why Being a Part-Time Worker Is Miserable
Discussion: alicublog
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Is Washington in the midst of a post-shutdown baby boom?
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
This Is What Tech's Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like
Discussion: Guardian and Shakesville
Tony Lee / BREITBART.COM:
JEFF SESSIONS ON OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY: CONGRESS FACES ‘TIME OF CHOOSING’ AT ‘PERILOUS HOUR’
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ex-First Couple's Defense in Virginia: The State of Their Union
 

 
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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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