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8:10 AM ET, July 11, 2014


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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner To Sue Obama For Unilateral Delay Of Obamacare Employer Mandate  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate, ratcheting up the tension between the White House …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama on impeachment: ‘Really?’  —  Go ahead, President Barack Obama told House Republicans Thursday.  Impeach him.  —  “You hear some of them: ‘Sue him!  Impeach him!’”  Obama said in a relaxed, sniping campaign-style speech in Austin, Texas, recounting the resistance he's run into for signing executive actions.
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Lauren French / Politico:
GOP's Obama lawsuit to focus on employer mandate  —  House Republicans will base their lawsuit against President Barack Obama on the administration's “unilateral” decision to delay the employer mandate provision in Obamacare, Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Boehner: This Is About Protecting the Constitution  —  WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement announcing that the House would initiate legal action over President Obama's unilateral actions on the health care law's employer mandate in 2013:
Sarah Mimms /
Boehner Goes Off On Obama Over Immigration Crisis
Discussion: Shakesville
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
In U.S., Uninsured Rate Sinks to 13.4% in Second Quarter  —  Significant decline in uninsured rate across age groups since the end of 2013  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate in the U.S. fell 2.2 percentage points to 13.4% in the second quarter of 2014.
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Survey: 9.5 million people gained health coverage in first marketplace enrollment period
Discussion: Liberal Values and Washington Post
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Obama speaks with Netanyahu, offering to broker ceasefire with Hamas  —  US President reaffirms Israel's right to defend itself against attacks; Congress prepares resolution supporting Israel; State Department points finger at Hamas as perpetrator of crisis.
Elliott Abrams / Pressure Points:
Israel Under Attack, Obama Remains Silent
Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman files motion ordering the arrest of Lois Lerner  —  Democrats endorse arrest powers: “I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day” Pelosi said just days ago  —  > CNN, New York Times also endorse the House's power to arrest  —  WASHINGTON — Congressman Steve Stockman Thursday filed …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Crisis on the Border  —  No one who wants to help has authority, and no one with authority is helping.  —  What is happening at the southern border is a true and actual crisis.  News accounts justly use words like chaos, collapse and breakdown.  They feature images of children …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘WHAT A FREAKIN’ LIE'!  Reuters, Yahoo busted for bogus headline about Obama at border [pics]; Update: Headline changed, still wrong  —  President Obama really gets around.  After all, those funds aren't gonna raise themselves!  In a short span of time this week, the president has spent time in Denver …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh, Mediaite and NewsBusters
Fox News:
Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost Lerner emails ‘under oath’  —  A federal judge has ordered the IRS to explain “under oath” how the agency lost a trove of emails from the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal.  —  U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Kansas Senator's Longevity Gives GOP Foe Opening  —  Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts stoked the political brushfire he was hoping to smother during a recent Kansas City-area radio morning show.  —  “Every time I get an opponent — uh, I mean, every time I get a chance — I'm home,” Roberts said during the KCMO interview.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform  —  AMERICAN citizens are paying 535 people to take care of the legislative needs of the country.  We are getting shortchanged.  Here's an example: On June 10, an incumbent congressman in Virginia lost a primary election …
Discussion: Twitchy and CNN
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Pundits Collectively Lose It Over A Quote Obama Didn't Even Say  —  Many pundits on Thursday were shocked by the gall of President Obama to say that he doesn't “do photo-ops,” a mere day after glossy, White House-sanctioned shots surfaced of him sipping beer and shooting pool with the Colorado governor.
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
IRS worker campaigned on help line  —  An IRS help line worker has been suspended for 100 days without pay for urging callers to reelect President Barack Obama in 2012, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced on Thursday.  —  The employee, who was not named, “acknowledged that he had used …
Washington Post:
The immigration no-brainer  —  As is his wont, President Obama is treating the border crisis — more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally — as a public relations problem.  Where to photo op and where not.  He still hasn't enunciated a policy.  He may not even have one.
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: No ‘Stand Down’ Order in Benghazi  —  The testimony of nine military officers undermines contentions by Republican lawmakers that a “stand-down order” held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
GOP to Todd Akin: Shut up  —  Todd Akin is back talking about rape in his new book and Republicans have a message for him: Shut up.  —  The Missouri Republican's memoir offers no apologies for his comments on “legitimate rape,” his bruising loss to Sen. Claire McCaskill or the effect …
Niam Yaraghi / Brookings Institute:
Have the Anti-Obamacare Ads Backfired?  —  According to the recent report of nonpartisan analysts Kantar Media CMAG, ACA opponents have spent 450 million dollars on anti-Obamacare ads so far.  Spending on negative ads outpaced positive ones by more than 15 to 1.  This map shows the spending on negative ads in each state.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Study: Anti-Obamacare Ads Might Have Actually Increased Enrollment
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Congressman Sam Graves:
Graves Introduces Legislation to Stop the EPA, Welcomes Administrator McCarthy to Missouri
Associated Press:
First marijuana customer in Spokane says he was fired
Kiki Zhao / New York Times:
Chinese Journalists Warned Not to Work With Foreign Media
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate Confirms Housing Chief to Run Budget Office
Discussion: Politico
Valerie Richardson / The Colorado Observer:
Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don't Have Roads
Washington Post:
Germany asks CIA station chief to leave over spying allegations
Discussion: and New York Times
Marina Fang / The Huffington Post:
GOP Congressman: Children At The Border Are Being Treated In A ‘Lovely Way’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Alex Jones sinks to a new low, calling Michelle Obama ‘the First Tranny’
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Knock the Reform Conservatives
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Major Union Drops Partnership With United Negro College Fund Because Of The Kochs
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sportsman bill dies in Senate
Discussion: The Hill
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Jill Abramson Talks Obama Secrecy and Her New York Times Firing
Timothy Jost / Washington Post:
Courts won't void the Affordable Care Act over semantics
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review