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6:30 PM ET, July 31, 2014

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Politico:
House GOP in disarray: A fight over the border bill  —  House Republicans are poised to delay their August recess by one day, as they frantically scramble to pass a border security bill.  —  After a chaotic afternoon, which saw the GOP leadership suddenly pull their legislation from the House floor …
Discussion: USA Today, Guardian, OnPolitics and CNN
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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 …
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  —  House GOP leaders canceled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama.  —  A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House …
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
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House GOP delays recess
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Joe Klein / TIME:
Begging for Impeachment  —  To improve its standing with voters …
Washington Post:
House GOP pulls border bill rather than see it defeated
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.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate computers
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
State: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA enhanced interrogation program
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
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 …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Joe Scarborough turns on Israel
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 …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton's alleged talk of bin Laden — on 9/10/01
Discussion: Mediaite, The PJ Tatler and Fox News
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.
Monica Lewinsky / Vanity Fair:
The Online Rebuttal Is the New Black  —  Lately I have found myself in a summer blanket on my old red sofa “power watching” Orange Is the New Black.  While no one I know well has ever been to prison, the show's story lines are so riveting and the characters so emotionally nuanced …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Monica Lewinsky now a Vanity Fair contributor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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 …
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
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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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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
10 Questions With Maggie Gyllenhaal
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller, Mediaite and CNN
Robin Marty / cosmopolitan.com:
In an Alarming Move, Activists Are Trying to Shut Down a Clinic Over Birth Control
Isaac Cohen / Forbes:
An ‘Ether Of Sexism’ Doesn't Explain Gender Disparities In Science And Tech
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: Democratic phonies are on the run
Politico:
HealthCare.gov may have ‘bumps’ in year 2, official says
Discussion: Hit & Run
Pew Research Center:
Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Spent Thousands On Strippers, Boxing Tickets In Failed Sting On Border Patrol Agent
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Meet Carolina, Who Brought Her Daughters 1,500 Miles To The U.S. So They Wouldn't Be Raped
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Argentina Finds Relentless Foe in Paul Singer's Hedge Fund
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
THE ABORTION MINISTRY OF DR. WILLIE PARKER
Discussion: Colorlines
Juan B. Colas / wicourts.gov:
ON CERTIFICATION FROM THE COURT OF APPEALS
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Our Blind Spot About Guns
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The New Secret History of the Obamacare Deniers
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Immigration is now President Obama's worst issue
Roger Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Yes, It Could Happen Again
Discussion: American Spectator