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3:25 PM ET, August 5, 2014

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New York Times:
U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier killed a United States Army major general and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy …
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ABC News:   American General Killed in Shooting at Afghan Military Academy
NDTV News:
NDTV Exclusive: How Hamas Assembles and Fires Rockets  —  Gaza: In the minutes before the ceasefire kicked in at Gaza this morning, Hamas fired a flurry of rockets towards Israel - 30 according to some counts.  —  Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas …
Kim Barker / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead  —  Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops.  But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
How Much Is Obamacare Raising Your Insurance Rate?  Depends on Which State You Live In.  —  Back in the spring, once it became apparent that enrollment in Obamacare would nearly match or even exceed projections, the law's detractors on the right started coming up with new predictions of doom.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Gaza War Strains Relations Between U.S. and Israel  —  WASHINGTON — When the State Department condemned Israel's strike on a United Nations school in Gaza on Sunday, saying it was “appalled” by this “disgraceful” act, it gave full vent to what has been weeks of mounting American anger toward the Israeli government.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
US won't turn back flights over Ebola
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Patients' Symptoms Raise Concern About Ebola in New York
Discussion: Gothamist, Daily Kos and Mashable
Steve Baldwin / BarbWire.com:
Can a Third Party be Formed Without Helping Democrats Win?  —  When one speaks with fellow Republicans about the future of the GOP, it is common to receive some negative feedback.  This is because many conservative/libertarian Republicans feel the party has simply not done enough to challenge the Obama agenda.
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Adam J. White / Wall Street Journal:
No Need For a Halbig Rehearing  —  The D.C. Circuit's own rules and one of its judges point the way forward for the recent ObamaCare ruling.
The Intercept:
Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers  —  Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government's widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.
Ynetnews:
In Gaza, there is no such thing as ‘innocent civilians’  —  Op-ed: Fighting an enemy state with one hand while supplying food and energy to its residents with the other hand is absurd.  —  Giora Eiland  —  The story we are telling in this conflict is similar to the one we told in Lebanon in 2006.
Discussion: Israel Matzav, The Dish and Middle East
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Rick Perlstein's ‘The Invisible Bridge’ Draws Criticism  —  Rick Perlstein always hoped his book on the rise of Ronald Reagan would set off serious debate among scholars and historians.  Just not this debate.  —  Mr. Perlstein's new 856-page book, “The Invisible Bridge …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mo Brooks Says DREAMers Shouldn't Be Allowed In Military Because They're Not Loyal And Will Have Access To Nukes  —  “I'm gonna have much greater faith in the loyalty of an American citizen than someone who is a citizen of a foreign nation.”  —  View Video ›
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Poll: Congress approval hits new low  —  The number of Americans who approve of their own representative in Congress has reached an all-time low, according to a poll released Tuesday.  —  In a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 51 percent of Americans said that they disapprove of the way their member …
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Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Will the U.S. Help the Kurds Fight ISIS?  —  The latest string of victories by Islamic militants in Iraq raises an enormous and obvious question: What's the U.S. doing to help the Kurds?  —  This week, fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, captured the town of Sinjar and …
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Reuters:
Tunneling through triangle of death, Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south
Discussion: Antiwar.com and The Gateway Pundit
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
In This City, Car Ownership Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past  —  Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has a a plan that might make car ownership a thing of the past.  —  Which is not to say it would eliminate the need for riding in cars.  Rather, Helsinki's plan is to provide its residents …
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
In Kentucky, Elaine Chao Endures Racist Attacks From Liberals  —  The former Republican Secretary of Labor has had to deal with a number of bigoted comments from Democratic partisans in the last year.  So why is racism treated differently when it comes from the left?
Politico:
Kansas showdown: The tea party's last shot  —  In one primary after another this year, the tea party has tried but failed to unseat poster senators of the Republican establishment: first John Cornyn, then Mitch McConnell, then Lindsey Graham, and finally and most spectacularly, Thad Cochran.
Discussion: ABC News and FiveThirtyEight
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   Kansas Senate Race Headlines 4-State Primary Day
James Estrin / New York Times:
Looking for the Enduring Photo in Gaza  —  Tyler Hicks, a New York Times staff photographer, covered Gaza during the first two weeks of the current conflict.  He spoke about that experience in a phone interview with James Estrin.  The conversation has been edited.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: “Fair Of Number People” In House Would Say Obama Is Worthy Of Impeachment  —  But Rep. Bill Flores thinks it would be a bad idea because it would fail in the Senate and hurt the House politically.  —  View Video ›  —  Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores thinks that …
 
 
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Slams Boehner Lawsuit: Impeach Instead
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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Michele Bachmann Proposes 100% Tax On Money Sent Home By Immigrants To Stop ‘War That Is Being Waged Against Us’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Record month for The Washington Post
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Rules for the Marijuana Market
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Girl, 3, shot on Pueblo's North Side
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Byron Tau / Politico:
GOP launches new big money effort
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Forecasting President Obama's Final Two Years in Office
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare and the public: The more they know, the less they like
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Democrats Seize on Social Issues as Attitudes Shift
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