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9:30 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: Hot Air and Fox News
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
Pay up: House GOP cash woes prompt dues crackdown
Discussion: Roll Call and Mediaite
Sarah Mimms /
Boehner Goes Off On Obama Over Immigration Crisis
Discussion: Shakesville
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Judge strikes down GOP-drawn Florida congressional lines  —  A Florida Circut County Court has struck down the state's congressional map and ordered a redrawing of district lines.  —  In his 41-page ruling issued Thursday evening, Judge Terry Lewis writes that the map drawn …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Florida Court Declares One Of The Worst Partisan Gerrymanders In The Country Unconstitutional  —  Florida's congressional districts are some of the most GOP-friendly in the country.  Although President Obama won a narrow victory over Mitt Romney in Florida during the 2012 presidential election …
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
QuickTake: Number of Uninsured Adults Continues to Fall under the ACA: Down by 8.0 Million in June 2014
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: The Week and Roger L. Simon
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Muslims Most Approving of Obama, Mormons Least  —  Relative rank order of religious groups stable throughout his presidency  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014 …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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: The PJ Tatler and Right Wing News
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: National Review, Twitchy and CNN
Vanity Fair:
Audio: Nixon's Secret White House Tapes  —  OVAL TEAM President Richard Nixon with National-Security Adviser Henry Kissinger (right) and Kissinger's deputy, Alexander M. Haig Jr., 1972.  —  In an adaptation from their forthcoming book, Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
Jerusalem Post:
Iron Dome intercepts 3 Gaza rockets over greater Tel Aviv  —  Air raid sirens sound in Tel Aviv, surrounding cities in central Israel warning of attack; no injuries reported.  —  Several rockets from the Gaza Strip were fired toward the greater Tel Aviv area on Friday morning.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
‘The bear is loose’: Is Obama breaking free or running away?  —  President Obama visited Denver on the first leg of a three-day trip to tout economic gains, fundraise and meet with ordinary citizens.  Here are some thing to do in Denver when you're president.  (Tom LeGro and Natalie Jennings/The Washington Post)
George Clooney / USA Today:
Exclusive: George Clooney rejects ‘Mail’ apology  —  There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong.  The coverup is always worse.  —  In this case, the Daily Mail has printed an apology for insinuating religious tensions where there are none.
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
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.
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
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.
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Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: No ‘Stand Down’ Order in Benghazi
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
IRS worker campaigned on help line
Valerie Richardson / The Colorado Observer:
Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don't Have Roads
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Germany asks CIA station chief to leave over spying allegations
Discussion: and New York Times
Elliott Abrams / Pressure Points:
Israel Under Attack, Obama Remains Silent
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
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Major Union Drops Partnership With United Negro College Fund Because Of The Kochs
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Jill Abramson Talks Obama Secrecy and Her New York Times Firing