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1:00 PM ET, July 15, 2014


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The Hill:
House GOP group to recommend changes to immigration law  —  Fresh off a trip to Guatemala and Honduras, a House GOP working group on immigration will recommend Tuesday that the conference change a 2008 trafficking law to stop the thousands of immigrant children flooding across the border.
Washington Post:
Poll: Obama, Republicans face broad disapproval over handling of migrant crisis
Ruben Navarrette / CNN:
Border crisis could last a long time
Discussion: National Review
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Obama won't take strong action in border crisis
Discussion: Power Line
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THINGS IN POLITICO THAT MAKE ME WANT TO MAINLINE ANTIFREEZE, PART THE INFINITY … Close it down.  —  Its puerilty has finally crossed over into indecency.  Its triviality has finally crossed over into obscenity.  The comical political starfcking that is its primary raison d'erp …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Politico and CNN
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Farce of Dick Cheney Giving Foreign-Policy Advice  —  The former veep's record is marked by false claims, erroneous predictions, and catastrophic results.  Now he's urging more wars.  Has his audience learned its lesson?  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney failed to anticipate …
Discussion: The Hill
The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney: Spend More On Defense, Not On Roads Or Food Stamps
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Politico cuts live feed as protester with handcuffs tries to arrest Dick Cheney
Discussion: BizPac Review
Jose Antonio Vargas / New York Times:
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant  —  One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab.  She handed me a jacket.  “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said.  ("It might be cold there.")  When I arrived at the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino International Airport …
Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained At The Border  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested Tuesday after attempting to board a plane out of McAllen, Texas, according to United We Dream, an immigration advocacy group.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Six Californias measure heading for 2016 ballot, backers say  —  Purple: Northern California Gold: Silicon Valley Red: Central California Green: West California Orange: Southern California  —  Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper will submit signatures Tuesday to put …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jennifer Chaussee / Reuters:
Billionaire's breakup plan would chop California into six states Reuters 12 hrs ago
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Israel accepts truce plan; Hamas balks  —  GAZA CITY — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened to escalate Israel's operations in Gaza after Hamas balked at an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire, saying it had not been consulted on its terms.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Akin says that like Joe McCarthy, he was victim of political assassination  —  • By Chuck Raasch > 202-298-6880  —  WASHINGTON  • In one of his first interviews since his defeat in 2012, former Rep. Todd Akin told the Post-Dispatch on Monday …
Suspect in Benghazi attack found dead  —  Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Faraj al-Shibli, who was suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been found dead, a Libyan source and locals in the town of Marj said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Progressives turn from Obama to embrace Warren  —  SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Populist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) got a rock-star reception during a standing-room-only campaign rally here Monday, as hundreds of liberal activists cheered her broadsides against corporate interests and voiced hopes …
Far right's secret SCOTUS strategy: What Boehner's lawsuit is really about  —  When a fringe party can no longer win legislative elections, boosting the impact of judges is its best last resort  —  If you hadn't thought the House GOP had gone completely around the bend before …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative judicial group to hammer Chris Christie  —  A conservative judicial group is planning to run $75,000 in digital ads during New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's trip to Iowa later this week, bracketing him at a time when he's reemerging from the “Bridgegate” scandal.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and RedState
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Christie comes under attack as he heads to Iowa
Discussion: Washington Post
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Iran Outlines Nuclear Deal; Accepts Limit  —  VIENNA — Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, faced with an imminent deadline for an agreement with the West on the future of the country's nuclear program, said in an interview on Monday that Iran could accept a deal that essentially freezes …
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff arrested  —  Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been arrested.  —  The two were arrested Tuesday morning and are in custody, according to a law enforcement official.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mich. Woman Accidentally Shoots Self In Face While Trying To ‘Make A Point’  —  A Michigan woman on Monday accidentally shot herself in the face after she slammed the butt of a shotgun on the floor of a Waterman, Mich. home, which caused it to discharge, according to MLive.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie Just Released An Overly Dramatic Fake Movie Trailer  —  Coming to a town hall near you.  —  The Christie administration released a fake movie trailer Tuesday ahead of a summer tour of the state to address the “impending fiscal crisis the growing entitlements of pension, health benefits, and debt service.”
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: I Get ‘A Little Uptight When I Hear Politicians Say How Exceptional We Are’  —  As John Kerry travels from country to country on various diplomatic missions as secretary of state (almost half a million miles so far), he often addresses the staff and their families at the U.S. embassies in the countries he visits.
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble  —  Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art  —  Last month it took more than 20 firefighters to free a US student who had become trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina in Germany.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
NASCAR tracks rev up lobbying for tax break  —  Racetrack owners are revving up their efforts to protect the “NASCAR tax break” from critics who portray it as pure corporate pork.  —  The provision, which allows motor sports tracks to use a shorter depreciation schedule …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Steven Ertelt /
Another Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood Teaching Teens S&M Sex: Gagging, Whipping and Asphyxiation  —  A second shock video has busted the Planned Parenthood abortion business, where its staffers are teaching teenagers about S&M-based sexual relationships and concepts such as gagging, whipping and asphyxiation.
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Matthew Holehouse / Telegraph:
People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Campbell Brown goes after teacher tenure in transition from journalist to advocate
David Weigel / Slate:
New GOP Idea That Can Close the Gender Gap: Bring Policy “Down to a Woman's Level”
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Conservative groups mobilizing against House highway bill
Discussion: BizPac Review and Capitol Report
Mitch McConnell / Associated Press:
Unemployed Americans need action
Discussion: Daily Kos
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
In North Carolina, an Obamacare disconnect
Jaeah Lee / Mother Jones:
Restaurant CEOs Make More Money in Half a Day Than Their Employees Make in a Year
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Ariz. School Requires Students To Read Books By Glenn Beck's Tea Party Hero
Discussion: Arizona Republic and The Raw Story
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Helping Big Companies Compete
Discussion: CEPR
Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
At Dinner Tables, a Restless Obama Finds an Intellectual Escape
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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