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12:20 PM ET, July 14, 2014


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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama the pariah  —  Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away.  —  Obama's approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance.  On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama's absence is increasingly conspicuous.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Spokesman: Obama ‘absolutely’ the most transparent president  —  President Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday after the White House received a letter from signed by a dozen top journalists' groups complaining …
Discussion:, Politico and Hot Air
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Reid just wants to legislate  —  Ten years ago this summer, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama's keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention made him a star.  —  Pundits like to “slice and dice our country into red states and blue states,” he said.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
With deadline looming, Obama to again push infrastructure
Sen. Rand Paul / Politico:
Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong  —  There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  But apparently his new glasses haven't altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’  —  Sure, hotly anticipated books leak all the time.  But 10 days early?  And by a tipster who seems to be posing as a Tea Partier—but who one source suspects is affiliated with the Clintons?  —  The marketing and publicity folks …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty  —  WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.
Bergdahl back on Army duty?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The False Statement Of Fact That Forms The Backbone Of John Boehner's Anti-Obama Lawsuit  —  Last January, the two lawyers behind Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit claiming that President Obama is not implementing Obamacare fast enough authored an article in Politico Magazine laying out the legal theory behind this litigation.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Holder sees ‘racial animus’ in opposition  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration's political opponents.  —  “There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC.
Jon Prior / Politico:
Citigroup reaches $7 billion deal with feds
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Teachers unions turn on Obama  —  Teachers unions have turned on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration, creating a major divide in the Democratic Party coalition.  —  The largest teachers union in the country, the National Education Association (NEA) …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obamacare Fails to Fail  —  How many Americans know how health reform is going?  For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments?  —  I suspect that the answer to the first question is “Not many,” while the answer to the second is “Possibly even fewer,” for reasons I'll get to later.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Intercepts Drone Sent From Gaza  —  JERUSALEM — Israel intercepted a drone sent from Gaza on Monday as it flew just off the shore of the port city of Ashdod, about 14 miles north of the Palestinian enclave, adding a new element to a week-old conflict.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
CBS News:
Israel says it downed drone fired from Gaza
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force  —  WASHINGTON — A classified military assessment of Iraq's security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned …
George Packer / New Yorker:
TRAPPED IN IRAQ  —  Ali is a self-described “agnostic Shiite” who lives in Baghdad.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Lu Wang / Bloomberg:
Individuals Pile Into Stocks as Pros Say Bull Is Spent  —  Main Street and Wall Street are moving in opposite directions.  —  Individual investors are plowing money back into the U.S. stock market just as professional strategists say gains for this year are over.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Big Picture
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis could give Rahm run for his money  —  For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor.  —  It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president's potential candidacy seriously as well.
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Approval of the Supreme Court Remains Divided  —  Approval among Republicans up 21 percentage points from 2013  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
New York Times:
Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail  —  After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge following a family dispute last year, Jose Bautista was unable to post $250 bail and ended up in a jail cell on Rikers Island.  —  A few days later, he tore his underwear …
Discussion: Gothamist
New York Times:
Kansas' Ruinous Tax Cuts  —  There was a windstorm of hasty excuses in recent weeks after Kansas reported that it took in $338 million less than expected in the 2014 fiscal year and would have to dip heavily into a reserve fund.  Spending wasn't cut enough, said conservatives.
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
‘Archie’ Will Die Saving Gay Friend In Comic Book  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.  —  The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt …
Discussion: Mediaite and Towleroad News #gay
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Boehner's Empty Charge Against Obama
Discussion: RedState
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Mark Mayfield, a Tea Party Founder, Became the Unlikely Focus of a Big Controversy
David Dobbs / New York Times:
‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ and ‘Inheritance’
Discussion: and Vox Popoli
Chris House / Orderstatistic:
Traditional Macroeconomic Models and the Great Recession
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Afghans to Alter the Government
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
The statehouse “laboratories of democracy” are more important than ever
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Tech giants push feds on Internet traffic fights
Discussion: The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Senate Democrat's reelection pitch to Alaskans: I'm a thorn in Obama's side
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Political fallout from underage illegal immigrants may spread far from the Rio Grande Valley
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Medical marijuana delivery services are on a roll
Discussion: The Raw Story and VodkaPundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's unpredictability ‘stresses’ the Secret Service
Discussion: Capitol Report
Rebecca Trigger Updated / ABC:
Australia's Wicked campervan company under fire for ‘misogynistic, sexist’ slogans