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9:10 AM 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.
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.
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
With deadline looming, Obama to again push infrastructure  —  Washington (CNN) — Once again using some of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure as his backdrop, President Barack Obama this week plans to pressure lawmakers into finding a way to keep money flowing to road and bridge projects before funding dries up next month.
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 …
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.
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) …
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
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.
CBS News:
Israel says it downed drone fired from Gaza  —  Smoke from Israeli air strike rises over the Gaza Strip on July 14, 2014 at the Israeli-Gaza border ILIA YEFIMOVICH, GETTY IMAGES  —  Shares -  —  JERUSALEM — Israel's military said it downed a drone along its southern coastline on Monday …
Discussion: Hot Air
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Israel Navy commandos raid long-range rocket facility in Gaza
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's unpredictability ‘stresses’ the Secret Service  —  President Obama's recent campaign-style adventures outside of the White House bubble are a chance for the president to shed the confines of his office, relishing the beer, barbecue, and face-to-face conversations with everyday Americans …
Discussion: Capitol Report
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Medical marijuana delivery services are on a roll  —  Brian Reichle couldn't have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster.  —  Needing to replenish his stash of pot one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed.  Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying …
Discussion: The Raw Story and VodkaPundit
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Face The Nation: Rep. Gutierrez Destroys GOP Border Crisis Lies  —  Rep. Luis Gutierrez patiently explained to Bob Schieffer how Rick Perry and the GOP are lying about the issues at the border.  —  Rep. Luis Gutierrez has been a consistent champion for immigration reform.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Hume Grills Perry: What Good Will Troops At Border Do If They Can't Arrest Anyone? (VIDEO)
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Political fallout from underage illegal immigrants may spread far from the Rio Grande Valley
George Packer / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Hickenlooper: Behind the Eight Ball?
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo