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12:25 PM ET, July 31, 2014

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Joe Klein / TIME:
Begging for Impeachment  —  To improve its standing with voters, the White House tries to drum up some trouble for itself  —  At 10:02 on Friday evening, July 25, I received the following personal message from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: “THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOW A REAL POSSIBILITY.”
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Heritage Action Issues New Call to Arms  —  Heritage Action, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, spent last year's August recess banging the drum for Congress to defund the 2010 health law, barnstorming the country to fuel conservatives' discontent with GOP leaders in Washington.
CNN:
GOP-led House authorizes lawsuit against Obama
Discussion: Washington Monthly and New Day
Lauren French / Politico:   House votes to sue Obama
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Note to the House GOP: Kill the Bill  —  The House Republican leadership is having trouble getting 218 votes for its immigration bill.  The policy objections to the bill seem convincing to me—among them that it seems to appropriate more money, on a pro-rated monthly basis …
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Politico:
House GOP in border-crisis chaos  —  House Republicans will vote to rein in the Obama administration's power to halt deportation for undocumented immigrants — a surprise move that comes as they struggle to attract support for their bill to address the crisis at the border.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Joe Scarborough turns on Israel  —  Joe Scarborough on Thursday had harsh words for Israel's actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.  —  “This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman.  “This continued killing of women …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent  —  CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.  —  Not this time.  —  After the military ouster of the Islamist government …
Paul Rolly / Salt Lake Tribune:
Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’  —  Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Exclusive: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Hobby Lobby Dissent Yahoo News with Katie Couric 17 hrs ago  —  Katie Couric  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, fresh off a bruising loss in the Hobby Lobby birth control case last month, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview …
Ari Phillips / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Says Climate Change Is Just An Excuse For Obama To Raise Taxes  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Wednesday that “climate change occurs no matter what,” but that the EPA's recent efforts to reduce emissions from existing power plants are “outside of the confines of the law,” and …
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan on Immigration, Inversions, Impeachment and 2016
Roger Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Yes, It Could Happen Again  —  Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states.  Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated.  Optimism, toward which Americans are generally inclined, leads to rash predictions of history's ending in global consensus and the banishment of war.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The New Secret History of the Obamacare Deniers  —  A bizarre health-care fantasy springs to life.  —  Shares  —  Last week, the latest desperation lawsuit to stop Obamacare — which had previously been laughed out of court — got new life when two Republican-appointed justices sided with the plaintiff.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Immigration is now President Obama's worst issue  —  Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama's worst issue — definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency — when it comes to public perception.  —  A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans …
Juan B. Colas / wicourts.gov:
ON CERTIFICATION FROM THE COURT OF APPEALS  —  Opinion Filed: Oral Argument:  —  Source of Appeal:  —  Court:  —  Circuit  —  Dane  —  Judge:  —  Justices:  —  Concurred:  —  CROOKS, J., concurs.  (Opinion filed.)  —  Dissented:  —  BRADLEY, J., ABRAHAMSON, C.J., dissent.
Discussion: CNN
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Books test market for Hillary Clinton hostility  —  It's the summer of anti-Clinton books.  —  There may be no clearer sign of Hillary Clinton's political reemergence than the flurry of new books critical of her — two in the past month alone, with another pair coming soon.
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Our Blind Spot About Guns  —  If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.  —  Instead, we've reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
John Kerry is right  —  Robert Kennedy, speaking of John Kennedy, using words they would both probably use to praise John Kerry, said that JFK's favorite quote was this: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.”
Bill Glauber / JSOnline:
Journal, Scripps deal announced  —  Newspaper firm to be based in Milwaukee; broadcast company in Cincinnati  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  Two storied media firms, Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati, announced Wednesday evening …
New York Times:
Suicide Bomber From U.S. Came Home Before Attack  —  WASHINGTON — When Moner Mohammad Abusalha drove a truck packed with explosives into a restaurant in northern Syria in May, American authorities conceded that they knew little about how a young man who grew up a basketball-obsessed teenager …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
We Never Tried To Impeach Bush, Says Democratic Lawmaker Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill  —  “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority.”  —  View Video ›  —  Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee argued Wednesday …
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
In Gaza, 11 members of a Palestinian family are killed in a single strike  —  JABALYA, Gaza Strip — The Balatas, like many Palestinian families, disliked Israel but also sought to distance themselves from Hamas.  —  For more than three weeks, as the conflict has stretched on …
 
 
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Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
Report: Hamas executes alleged spies, shoots protesters in Gaza
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Mark Bittman / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
The Case for Suing the President
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Judith Thurman / New Yorker:
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Michele Bachmann Claims President Obama Wants To Use Unaccompanied Children For Medical Experiments
Tampa Bay Times:
Rubio comes out in limited support of medical marijuana
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Associated Press:
POWELL MAYBE NOT TOLD EARLY ABOUT CIA TECHNIQUES
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Todd Gaziano / National Review:
Top Ten Myths about the House's Proposed Suit Against Obama
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul: MSNBC has ‘partisan cranks and hacks’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Banter
Associated Press:
Bush 43 writing about Bush 41  —  NEW YORK — His paintings …
Discussion: CNN
David Dayen / Salon:
Rick Perlstein: “Ronald Reagan absolved America almost in a priestly role not to have to contend with sin.
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Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law
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