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5:50 AM ET, July 31, 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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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
21 Emails From the Democratic Party About Impeachment  —  President Obama's supporters are using fringe threats as a potent fundraising tool.  Here's what it looks like.  —  By almost every indication, President Obama is not going to be impeached.  —  Sure, there are rabble-rousers …
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.
Discussion: CNN
Lauren French / Politico:
House votes to sue Obama  —  The House voted along party lines Wednesday to move forward with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, escalating tension between the executive and legislative branches months before the pivotal midterm elections.  —  The 225-201 vote authorizes Speaker John Boehner …
CNN:
GOP-led House authorizes lawsuit against Obama  —  (CNN) — The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers at the expense of Congress and the Constitution.  —  The vote was 225-201.
Discussion: New Day
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House votes to sue Obama
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Lawsuit first step down ‘road to impeachment’
Discussion: Roll Call and Politico
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama to GOP: Stop hating
NBC News:
Analysis: Impeachment Talk Becomes a Cynical Game
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:   Dems fear a debacle on turnout
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: The Mahablog, RedState and Vox Popoli
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
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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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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.
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Bush 43 writing about Bush 41  —  NEW YORK — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
Associated Press:
POWELL MAYBE NOT TOLD EARLY ABOUT CIA TECHNIQUES  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons …
Discussion: NewsBusters
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul: MSNBC has ‘partisan cranks and hacks’  —  Arlington, Virginia (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul lambasted MNSBC on Wednesday, pledging not to be a guest on the network until it “apologizes” for airing “lousy lies” about his positions.  —  “So I was having a great day today, then I went to MSNBC …
Discussion: Mediaite
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
IDF forces clash with Hamas in Gaza as operation continues  —  Several clashes between IDF and Hamas take place throughout strip; IDF kills terrorist in tunnel; Cabinet allows IDF to call up 16,000 additional reservists.  —  The IDF called up 16,000 reserves on Wednesday night …
 
 
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Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
The Republican Occupation of Detroit
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Discussion: The Raw Story and myfox8.com
John Dickerson / CBS News:
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Sean Kennedy / CNN:
Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate
Brad Smith / Wall Street Journal:
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Former IRS Official Called GOP ‘Crazies’ in Email