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2:00 PM ET, July 31, 2014

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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CIA improperly accessed Senate computers, agency finds  —  WASHINGTON — CIA employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency's now defunct detention and interrogation program, an internal CIA investigation has determined.
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
State: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA enhanced interrogation program  —  A forthcoming report on the defunct CIA enhanced interrogation program “tells a story of which no American is proud,” according to leaked State Department talking points.  —  The White House on Wednesday accidentally emailed …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
STATE DEPT: ‘NO AMERICAN IS PROUD’ OF CIA TACTICS
Discussion: Hit & Run and Here & Now
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gawker
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
CIA admits to spying on Senate
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
POWELL MAYBE NOT TOLD EARLY ABOUT CIA TECHNIQUES
Discussion: NewsBusters
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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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House moves toward border vote
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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.
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 …
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
No More Mr. Tough Guy  —  Barack Obama is not a tough guy.  Everybody rolls him.  He's a wimp, a weak sister; he won't stand up for himself or his country.  Vladimir Putin, a true tough guy, blows planes out of the air, won't apologize, walks around half-naked.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Dish
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Poll: Sandoval would defeat Reid by double digits  —  UPDATED WITH FULL POLLING INSTRUMENT ATTACHED, 9:30 AM  —  Gov. Brian Sandoval leads Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by 10 percentage points in a hypothetical 2016 U.S. Senate matchup, according to a new poll that represents …
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Pew Research Center:
Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws  —  Congress this week scrambled to finish several pieces of business, from increasing aid to Israel to addressing the child-migrant crisis and patching the Highway Trust Fund, before leaving Washington for its scheduled August recess.
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
THE ABORTION MINISTRY OF DR. WILLIE PARKER  —  In Mississippi, there is only one clinic where a woman can go if she needs an abortion.  The state is trying to close it down.  At that clinic, there is a doctor who tends to the needs of these women, and he has to fly in from out of state to do it.
Discussion: Colorlines
Alex Seitz-Wald / msnbc.com:
Bill Clinton on Sept. 10, 2001: ‘I could have killed’ Bin Laden  —  Ten hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, Bill Clinton allegedly told a group of businessmen in Australia that he had a chance to kill Osama Bin Laden …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Spent Thousands On Strippers, Boxing Tickets In Failed Sting On Border Patrol Agent
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Discussion: Politico
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The Case for Suing the President
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
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