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5:10 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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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers  —  WASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program.
Associated Press:
STATE DEPT: ‘NO AMERICAN IS PROUD’ OF CIA TACTICS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects …
Discussion: Politico, Hit & Run and Here & Now
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
State: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA enhanced interrogation program
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate computers
Discussion: Hullabaloo and National Review
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Abandons Border Crisis Bill Amid Conservative Opposition  —  House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their border supplemental legislation prior to a scheduled vote on Thursday, a sign that they lacked the votes to pass it.  That means members would go home for recess without acting …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House cancels border vote
Washington Post:
House GOP pulls border bill rather than see it defeated
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: his vorpal sword and Israel Matzav
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Scarborough explains Israel remarks  —  Joe Scarborough says he was a bit surprised by the intensity of the response to his criticism of Israel on Thursday morning, but is still an “unambiguously strong” supporter of the Jewish state.  —  “I remain as unambiguously strong a supporter of Israel …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Gail Collins / New York Times:
None Dare Call It Impeachment  —  Let's talk about something cheerful.  How about impeachment?  —  Hey, it's been a depressing month for news.  If you want to look on the bright side, you've got to work with what you've got.  —  The possibility of actual impeachment is not something that keeps Barack Obama up at night.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Joe Klein / TIME:
Begging for Impeachment  —  To improve its standing with voters …
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:   Heritage Action Issues New Call to Arms
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.
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Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Utah man fired after boss complains blog post about homophones made school sound gay
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 …
Valerie Richardson / Fox News:
Climate Doesn't Cooperate With Al Gore's Group's Visit to Denver EPA Hearings  —  DENVER — The Climate Reality Project brought its “I'm Too Hot” trucks and offers of free ice cream to this week's Environmental Protection Agency hearings on power-plant emissions, but the climate wasn't cooperating.
Stephen Gillers / The Nation:
Andrew Cuomo's Watergate?  —  US attorney Preet Bharara has warned the governor that he could be investigated for obstruction of justice.  —  Editor's Note: This story is reposted from legalethicsforum.com.  —  The New York Times reports today that US Attorney Preet Bharara has warned Cuomo about obstruction of justice.
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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
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: Democratic phonies are on the run  —  What's with all the Democratic Senate candidates being caught displaying a condescending, insulting contempt for voters?  The latest embarrassing incident involves Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who suffered the indignity of having her 144-page campaign plan leaked.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Republicans Take Careful Aim At Foot, Blast Away  —  Last week, I asked how the GOP, whom Democrats used to admire for their strategic acumen, turned into such a bunch of clowns, constantly making political blunders and undermining their long-term goals with temper tantrums.
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 …
 
 
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