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9:35 AM ET, July 7, 2014


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Mara Klecker / Lincoln Journal Star:
Obama float at Norfolk parade sparks controversy  —  It was the parade float that elicited the loudest cheers Friday at Norfolk's Fourth of July parade.  The crowd lining the streets clapped and laughed as the flatbed truck went by.  —  But one loud voice rose above the rest: “This is not OK,” Glory Kathurima said.
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
July 4 Parade Features ‘Obama Presidential Library’ Outhouse Float  —  An Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Nebraska included a float depicting President Obama's presidential library as an outhouse, sparking outcry from residents as well as the state's Democratic Party.
Omaha World-Herald:
Discussion: Althouse, Washington Post and Gawker
Associated Press:
Float targeting Obama, library draws criticism
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Why the White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS  —  Team Obama was told, over and over, that the Iraqi army couldn't stop a terror group that was ready to pounce.  But Washington was a prisoner to its paradox of an Iraq policy.  —  On November 1, 2013, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited …
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
In Iraq, airstrikes slam into Mosul, city held by al-Qaeda-inspired militants  —  BAGHDAD — Warplanes carried out multiple bombing raids in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, a day after the leader of a powerful al-Qaeda-inspired militant group appeared online in a video from the city's main mosque.
Discussion: Liberaland
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Inequality issue can boost Dems  —  A year ago, top Democratic political strategists pointed to one big political stick their candidates could use to beat back a possible Republican landslide in the 2014 midterm elections.  —  The issue: Rising income inequality.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The House GOP Should Man Up Instead of Resorting to Political Theater in the Courts
Yahoo! News:
Inside President Obama's secret schedule Yahoo News 1 hr ago  —  On May 29, President Barack Obama had lunch at the White House with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The likely 2016 presidential contender has been to hundreds of West Wing meetings, first as first lady, then as senator …
David Nather / Politico:
Searching for Hillary Clinton's big idea  —  Here's one thing you won't find in Hillary Clinton's book: a clear reason to run for president again.  —  The “Hard Choices” book tour has had all the trappings of a warm-up for 2016, and even though Clinton insists she hasn't decided yet …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jacob Heilbrunn / New York Times:
Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton?
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Meet Sean Haugh, the Libertarian pizza guy who may deliver a Senate seat in N.C.  —  Libertarian Sean Haugh is running for Senate in North Carolina.  In a series of homemade campaign videos posted to YouTube, he outlines his positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, the death penalty and more …
Washington Post:
It's time for progressives to reclaim the Constitution  —  You cannot talk for very long to a conservative these days without hearing the words “constitutional” and “constitutionalist.”  —  Formulations such as “I am a constitutional conservative” or “I am a constitutionalist” are tea party habits …
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
New York Post:
Audit the IRS!  —  The headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington.  —  True the Vote has an idea that is the fantasy of every taxpayer who's ever found himself sitting opposite an imperious tax collector: Audit the IRS.  —  On Thursday, the IRS will have to persuade federal …
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Salmon wants immigrant children quickly returned home  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection would get the authority to immediately return unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border to their home countries in Central America under a bill U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon intends to introduce early this week.
Discussion: Fox News
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Chicago Tribune:
Authorities: Military member with concealed carry permit shoots attacker  —  Gresham man injured, charged after firing on group leaving party, prosecutors said … A Gresham man is charged with attempted murder after he fired on a group of people leaving a party Friday night …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Post:
Eric Holder's long losing record before the Supreme Court  —  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.  —  If Eric Holder were a baseball player, he'd have been benched long ago — if not kicked off the team.  His batting average before the Supreme Court is abysmal, losing again and again in his efforts to undermine the Constitution.
Discussion: NY Daily News and RedState
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
The United States' global leadership has eroded  —  The writer is a professor at and past president of Harvard University.  He was treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001 and economic adviser to President Obama from 2009 through 2010.  —  Coaches know that there is nothing more dangerous …
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Company Liberals Could Love
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Slump Stories and the Inflation Test
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Noahpinion
Jennifer Agiesta / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Most Still Align With Dems or GOP
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Yahoo! News:
New footage of Pistorius revealed
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian, Mashable and TalkLeft
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Do We Think We Are?  —  WASHINGTON — AMERICA'S infatuation …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Israel arrests several suspects in killing of Palestinian teen
Little Green Footballs:
Civil Liberties Hero Edward Snowden Commits Massive Civil Liberties Violation
Discussion: The Hill, Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
Jim Nolan / The Roanoke Times:
Carytown open carry demonstration draws little interest
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
New York Times:
The Real Internal Revenue Scandal
Discussion: Liberaland