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2:45 PM ET, July 14, 2014


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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.
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 …
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
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.
(CNN) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finished undergoing medical care …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP governors see scant Hobby Lobby political fallout
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
James Hohmann / Politico:
Georgia Republicans bicker in only Senate debate  —  Kingston fired back: “You were making money off your appointment rather than helping us try to get this port deepened.”  —  The debate devolved further from there.  — Outsider cred: After Kingston said he has a six-point …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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) …
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.
Discussion: The Dish
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Needed: A new team of rivals  —  Maybe it is time for a shake-up.  —  President Obama's second-term staffing was always going to be a risk.  He abandoned his first term's team of rivals for a closer-knit team of loyalists.  The bet was that he was assured enough in the job to no longer need …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande valley  —  McALLEN, Texas — Life jackets of all sizes and the occasional punctured raft are strewn along the banks of the Rio Grande, just south of Mission, Texas, where a relentless onslaught of illegal immigrants eagerly surrender …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Political fallout from underage illegal immigrants may spread far from the Rio Grande Valley
Discussion: Sky Dancing and The Hill
The Times of Israel:
Anti-Israel protesters trap hundreds in Paris synagogue  —  Group allowed to leave after being attacked by demonstrators as rally in support of Gaza turns violent  —  PARIS — Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip …
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Intercepts Drone Sent From Gaza
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
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
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
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Capitol's Partisanship Is Taking Hold in Governors' Ranks
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Bookstore Owner Takes On a Union, Shocking a Liberal Bastion
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
New York Times:
Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail
Discussion: Gothamist
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Traditional Macroeconomic Models and the Great Recession
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
Lu Wang / Bloomberg:
Individuals Pile Into Stocks as Pros Say Bull Is Spent
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Big Picture
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