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4:55 PM ET, July 15, 2014


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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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Jennifer Chaussee / Reuters:
Billionaire's breakup plan would chop California into six states Reuters 12 hrs ago
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
LEAKED BORDER CRISIS INTEL SHREDS NARRATIVE FROM MEDIA AND OBAMA ADMIN  —  HOUSTON, Texas—An elite, law-enforcement sensitive El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) intel report from July 7, 2014 was leaked to Breitbart Texas and reveals that homicide rates in Central America suggest violence …
The Hill:
House GOP group to recommend changes to immigration law
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Obama won't take strong action in border crisis
Discussion: Power Line
Brad Devereaux /
Police: Michigan woman pulls out shotgun ‘to make a point,’ accidentally shoots herself in the face  —  FREMONT TOWNSHIP, MI — A 51-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the face after she slammed the butt end of a shotgun on the floor, causing it to discharge, the Tuscola County Sheriff's Department reports.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Mich. Woman Accidentally Shoots Self In Face While Trying To ‘Make A Point’
David Weigel / Slate:
New GOP Idea That Can Close the Gender Gap: Bring Policy “Down to a Woman's Level”  —  Ashe Schow is out with an intriguing story from a panel that no other reporter scored a ticket for.  It was a Friday panel put on by the Republican Study Committee, the House's conservative caucus …
Congresswoman Urges GOP To Bring Policy Discussion 'Down To A Woman's Level'
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Diane Ravitch: Campbell Brown Shouldn't Worry Her Pretty Little Head About Education Policy  —  An edifying turn in the education-reform debate.  —  Paul Farhi profiles Campbell Brown, the former CNN anchor turned education-reform activist, who is working to end strict teacher tenure protections.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Campbell Brown goes after teacher tenure in transition from journalist to advocate
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and NewsBusters
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 …
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.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Two Former GOP Utah Attorneys General Arrested In Corruption Case
Discussion: Deseret News
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 …
CBO's Publications:
The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar.  The total amount of federal debt held by the public is now equivalent to about 74 percent …
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Boehner lawsuit a ‘political stunt’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Testimony  —  Chair Janet L. Yellen  —  Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress  —  Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Crapo, and members of the Committee, I am pleased to present …
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Kerry slams Hamas for bucking ceasefire with Israel  —  “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire,” he says.  —  VIENNA — US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through …
NBC News:
Poll: Dems Retain Slight Lead in Battleground States  —  Democrats hold single-digit leads in Colorado and Michigan, as well as in Colorado's gubernatorial race, according to new NBC News/Marist polls.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
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.
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: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
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.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
‘Shocked’ Rep Scolds VA Over ‘Deception’ in Latest Revelations  —  Chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller is pictured on July 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images  —  A flabbergasted congressman scolded officials from the Veterans Benefits Administration …
Discussion: Hot Air
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FCC pushes back deadline for comments on Internet ‘fast lanes’
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Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Why We'll Always Need a Civil Rights Movement
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jill Abramson to sit with Katie Couric
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Congressional Approval Rating Languishes at Low Level
Discussion: Politico
Marissa Barnett / Dallas Morning News:
Group wins case to sell Confederate license plates in Texas
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Conservative groups mobilizing against House highway bill
Discussion: Capitol Report and BizPac Review
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
In North Carolina, an Obamacare disconnect
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse