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5:25 PM ET, August 7, 2014

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Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race  —  HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper.  —  Walsh, a Democrat, said he decided to drop out of the race.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
John Walsh, Montana Senator in Plagiarism Case, Ends Election Bid  —  WASHINGTON — Under pressure from Democrats, Senator John Walsh of Montana, who has served in office for just six months, said on Thursday that he was dropping his election bid, clearing the path for his party to nominate a new candidate.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst …
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Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State militants seize major Christian town in Iraq; thousands flee
Associated Press:
US Weighs Airstrikes, Humanitarian Aid in Iraq
Discussion: Politico
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
War Against Whites?  I Think Not  —  When Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama, claimed earlier this week that Democrats were waging a “war on whites,” he lifted the lid on a simmering resentment that is very real and very resilient and feeds on anxiety — and fear …
Dave Boucher / Charleston Daily Mail:
WV GOP cancels event with felonious filmmaker
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Here's why suing Obama could backfire on Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos
CBS News:
What do Americans say should happen to child border crossers?
Discussion: Washington Post
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?  —  “Let's say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself.  “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years …
James Hohmann / Politico:
The woman who could beat Scott Walker  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  VIROQUA, Wis. — Mary Burke might be the last candidate you'd expect to potentially topple one of the Republican Party's leading governors and upend the 2016 presidential field.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
URGENT: Democratic emails a fundraising bonanza
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and PoliticusUSA
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dems talk about impeachment 20 times as much as Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos, Fox News and Hot Air
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Murkowski sends ‘cease and desist’ letter to Begich over ad  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) isn't happy about Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) using her in his latest campaign ad — and has called in her lawyers to try to force Begich to stop airing it.  —  Murkowski's campaign lawyers sent a …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lisa Murkowski to Mark Begich: Knock it off
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kelly Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Stillwater cafe faces heat for adding ‘minimum wage fee’ to tab  —  Each tab at Stillwater's Oasis Cafe now includes 35 cents to offset minimum wage increase.  —  A small cafe in Stillwater has thrown itself into the big battle over Minnesota's minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe …
Steve Kraskethe / Kansas City Star:
Local Kansas GOP official: ‘Offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.  Especially with a .45.’  —  Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, advised on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.”
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Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Va. GOP official resigns after controversial Facebook post
Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS notches legal win over lost tea party emails  —  The IRS won what might be Round One in a series of contests pitting tea party groups against the agency, with a federal judge rejecting a conservative group's bid for a court-appointed forensics expert to hunt for ex-official Lois Lerner's lost emails.
Ferdous Al-Faruque / The Hill:
Ann Coulter blames doctor for catching Ebola  —  Conservative commentator Ann Coulter criticized the American doctor who contracted Ebola in Africa, arguing that his missionary efforts had caused more harm than good.  —  “Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed …
Discussion: Warren Throckmorton
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Ann Coulter / Official:
EBOLA DOC'S CONDITION DOWNGRADED TO ‘IDIOTIC’
ABC News:
‘Porch Shooter’ Theodore Wafer Found Guilty of Murder … A Detroit jury ruled today that Theodore Wafer was guilty of murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Renisha McBride on his porch.  —  The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, began its deliberations on Wednesday after nine days of testimony.
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins' name at school's stadium on Vikings game day  —  The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Vikings in an effort to keep the Washington Redskins' name from being used in “promotional and game date materials” during the NFL teams' Nov. 2 game …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Rep's ‘shagging’ tweet gets attention  —  Eyebrows were raised after a message on Rep. Stephen Fincher's Twitter account declared the Tennessee Republican's love of “shagging.”  —  But a spokeswoman for the congressman's office says the since-deleted tweet “had nothing to do” with Fincher — nor the British slang term for sex.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Guv On Lackluster Primary Performance: Blame Obama  —  Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) had a theory for why a chunk of voters were backing Jennifer Winn, his challenger, in the Republican gubernatorial primary: blame President Barack Obama.  —  “I think a big part of it is Barack Obama,” Brownback told Kansas's 41 Action News.
John McWhorter / The Daily Beast:
For a President Today, Talkin' Down Is Speaking American  —  Peggy Noonan doesn't think Obama should be dropping his g's.  But in our swaggery age, even a president has to be able to get down.  —  Peggy Noonan has joined the chorus of people who think that when President Obama hips …
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Have More Reason Than Ever To Worry About Primary Challenges
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hot Air
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
CNN Politics eliminates more than a dozen positions in shift to video
George Thomas / CBN.com:
Gaza Bishop: Hamas Used Church to Fire Rockets
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Richard Nixon's long shadow
Discussion: democrats.com
William Saletan / Slate:
Israel's Bind  —  Relax the blockade, and Gazans might credit Hamas.
Nicholas P. Fandos / Politico:
Why is Tenn. primary on Thursday?
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg to cancel ‘Political Capital with Al Hunt,’ lay off TV and print staff
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Candidate Mocks Rand Paul For Running Away From DREAMer (VIDEO)
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee Drug Tests Welfare Applicants, Discovers Less Than One Percent Use Drugs
Discussion: Liberaland
Sergio Bichao / mycentraljersey.com:
Cop: We don't follow Constitution because Obama doesn't
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
John Kerry pedals new Nantucket photo op
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Israel Matzav
RT:
Snowden granted 3-yr residence permit in Russia - lawyer
New York Times:
Russia Responds to Western Sanctions With Its Own
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