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Jen Psaki / US Department of State:
UNRWA School Shelling  —  Press Statement  —  Department Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  The United States is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed.
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Haaretz:
Tractor rams Jerusalem bus in apparent terrorist attack  —  Several wounded, one critically; driver of tractor shot dead by police officerGaza rockets; IDF strikes continue despite Israeli-declared humanitarian truce.  —  Israel entered day 28 of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on Monday …
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Maurice Possley / Washington Post:
New evidence revives concerns that a man was wrongly put to death in 2004  —  CORSICANA, Tex. — For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony …
Discussion: Shakesville
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Holder exclusive — ‘Proud to be an activist’  —  Only two years ago, House Republicans voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  Recently, Senate Republicans have trashed the former head of his civil rights division, Thomas Perez, and blocked his current choice to run the division, Debo Adegbile.
Steve Latourette / Politico:
The Grifting Wing v. The Governing Wing  —  While the Tea Party is busy lining their pockets, the rest of the Republicans are actually trying to get things done.  —  Vocabulary.com defines a grifter as: A grifter is a con artist—someone who swindles people out of money through fraud.
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Islamic State ‘now controls resources and territory unmatched in history of extremist organizations’  —  It's a pattern of territorial expansion that has now become familiar.  After the Islamic State captured Sinjar on Sunday, came the executions.  Then arrived the orders to convert or die …
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Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State seizes town of Sinjar, pushing out Kurds and sending Yazidis fleeing
Politico:
Barack Obama to reporters: 'I'll take a question'  —  President Barack Obama had just done the unthinkable.  —  He took questions last week from the White House press corps — not just once, but twice.  He didn't call only on the reporters who were selected ahead of time by his senior aides.
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Military eradicates Hamas's crown jewel  —  Terrorists spent 5 years building cross-border tunnel network, army destroyed it in 2 weeks.  —  The IDF has destroyed Hamas's flagship terrorism project: its network of tunnels that snuck into Israel.  —  Hamas spent five years preparing …
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Rebecca Younger / Mirror.co.uk:
Ebola fears: A passenger died at Gatwick after getting off a glight fromm Sierra Leone  —  Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.  —  Workers said they were terrified the virus …
John Fund / National Review:
Don't Impeach Obama, Censure Him  —  Forty years ago this coming week, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency shortly after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against him.  The consensus is that Nixon had committed wrongs that amounted to the “high crimes and misdemeanors” …
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David Jackson / USA Today:
WH: Obama undecided on immigration steps
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Remain Slightly Favored To Take Control Of The Senate  —  If Americans elected an entirely new set of senators every two years — as they elect members of the House of Representatives — this November's Senate contest would look like a stalemate.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Hill:
Lott: Miss. GOP could use shake-up  —  Former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says Mississippi Republicans may need a regime change after the damaging primary fight between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel.  —  “This has shown the fissures that are there and I do think the party leaders …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lee Enterprises / Missoulian:
MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Walsh should drop out of Senate race  —  Plagiarism is a big deal.  It is an act of deception that has serious consequences - not the least of these being a loss of trust.  —  U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., says he did not intentionally plagiarize the research paper he submitted to Army War College in 2007.
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
LEAKED CBP REPORT SHOWS ENTIRE WORLD EXPLOITING OPEN US BORDER  —  LUBBOCK, Texas — A leaked intelligence analysis from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from more than 75 different countries.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Pat Dollard
 
 
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Watching the Eclipse  —  Ambassador Michael McFaul …
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