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2:20 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: New York Times and Hullabaloo
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.
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
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 …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Farce of Dick Cheney Giving Foreign-Policy Advice
Discussion: The Hill
The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney: Spend More On Defense, Not On Roads Or Food Stamps
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
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.
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: Liberaland and The Raw Story
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: Mediaite and 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
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Boehner lawsuit a ‘political stunt’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Campbell Brown goes after teacher tenure in transition from journalist to advocate  —  Campbell Brown used to host a program on CNN with a tough-sounding subtitle, “No Bias.  No Bull.”  Brown was an equal-opportunity skeptic — “spunky-yet-shrewd,” as the New York Times once described her …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hit & Run and NewsBusters
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Diane Ravitch: Campbell Brown Shouldn't Worry Her Pretty Little Head About Education Policy
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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 …
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Fight for the Senate Still Very Much Up in the Air
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Washington Post
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage  —  Politicians claim communciations technology is mistrusted in wake of US spying allegations and NSA surveillance revelations  —  German politicians are considering a return to manual typewriters for sensitive documents in the wake of the US surveillance scandal.
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.
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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
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Conservative groups mobilizing against House highway bill
Discussion: BizPac Review and Capitol Report
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
NASCAR tracks rev up lobbying for tax break
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
In North Carolina, an Obamacare disconnect
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
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative judicial group to hammer Chris Christie
Discussion: CNN, Wall Street Journal and RedState
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
At Dinner Tables, a Restless Obama Finds an Intellectual Escape