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1:50 PM ET, August 3, 2014

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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Obama's Impeachment Game  —  SOMETHING rather dangerous is happening in American politics right now, all the more so for being taken for granted by many of the people watching it unfold.  —  I do not mean the confusion of House Republicans, or the general gridlock in Congress …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Why Americans See Israel the Way They Do  —  TO cross the Atlantic to America, as I did recently from London, is to move from one moral universe to its opposite in relation to Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza.  Fury over Palestinian civilian casualties has risen to a fever pitch in Europe …
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BREITBART.COM:
KRAUTHAMMER: WORLD'S ANTI-SEMITIC REACTION TO GAZA ‘ORWELLIAN’  —  On Friday's “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer discussed his latest Washington Post column, which criticized the role Secretary of State John Kerry has played in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Sam Youngman / The Daily Beast:
Fear and Loathing at Fancy Farm  —  It's the biggest political gathering for Kentucky politics, and with Sen. Mitch McConnell's job on the line, it's now one of the most important in the country.  —  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rolled up his sleeves and walked to the podium …
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CNN:
Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell  —  (CNN) - Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates traded pithy barbs Saturday at a dual campaign stop in the midst of a race with national implications.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his opponent, Democrat Alison Grimes …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Poetic Paul rhymes at Grimes
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
Gili Cohen / Haaretz:
IDF determines 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, previously considered captured in Gaza, is dead  —  Special panel led by chief military rabbi examines evidence, concludes infantry officer was killed in action.  —  The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday determined that 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin …
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New York Times:
Throw the Book at Him  —  WASHINGTON — I CAN'T wait to read the book W. won't write.  —  Not since Beyoncé dropped a new digital album online overnight with no warning or fanfare has there been such a successful pop-up arts project.  —  Crown Publishers startled everyone Wednesday …
Discussion: Althouse
Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Billionaire climate-change supporter pledges to spend big to beat Florida Gov. Rick Scott  —  A billionaire Democratic political insurgent is spending millions on raising climate change as a central issue in Florida's governor's race.  —  The billionaire is ready to take out Florida's multi-millionaire governor.
Joe Elias / PennLive.com:
Harrisburg mother said she didn't know son was dead upstairs in her house  —  The mother of a boy found dead in an uptown Harrisburg home said her husband waited about four days to reveal to her that their son had died.  —  Kimberly Tutko said she noticed a strange odor coming from the third floor …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Steve King: Obama Executive Action On Immigration Could Trigger ‘I’ Word  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) refused to utter the word “impeachment” on Sunday, but warned that if President Obama used executive action to defer more deportations of undocumented immigrants, it might be the only option left for Congress.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Obama preps next border action
Geoffrey R. Stone / The Daily Beast:
Justice Kennedy Opened the Door to Same-Sex Marriage, Will He Walk Through Next?  —  Twenty-nine consecutive judicial decisions in the past year have held bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.  This is nothing short of extraordinary.  —  The United States Court of Appeals …
Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Clinton praises Trib publisher's fight ‘for what he believed’  —  An improbable friendship brought former President Bill Clinton to a sunny hilltop in the Laurel Highlands on Saturday, where he paid tribute to the late Tribune-Review owner Richard Mellon Scaife.
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Tommy Witherspoon / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Hewitt police firearms instructor shoots himself in hand  —  The firearms instructor for the Hewitt Police Department is recovering from surgery after accidentally shooting himself in the left hand while teaching family members to shoot.  —  Sgt. Heath Vanek will miss at least two months …
 
 
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Tom Henry / Toledo Blade:
Toledo water test results are improving but region still has a long way, mayor says.
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As Democrats avoid Obama, Romney is in demand on the midterm campaign trail
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