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8:40 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.
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Jose Antonio Vargas, Immigrant Activist, Is Released by Border Patrol in Texas
J. Freedom Du Lac / Washington Post:
Journalist-turned-immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas released after border detention
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' (Updated)  —  CREDIT: Rep. Renee Ellmers Flickr photostream  —  Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), a second-term Congresswoman and chair of the Republican Women's Policy Committee, participated in a Friday panel on women and the Republican Party.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ready for Warren? Backers launch site
Discussion: The Boston Globe and Taylor Marsh
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 …
ThinkProgress:   The Iraq That Dick Cheney Actually Left Behind
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Liz Cheney's Bold Climate Change Plan: Do ‘Nothing’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Southern border is secure  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday asserted the southern border is secure despite the massive surge of illegal minors from Central America that has overwhelmed federal agencies.  —  “The border is secure,” he told reporters after the Senate Democrats' weekly policy lunch.
Discussion: CNN, Liberaland and Twitchy
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 …
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: Hit & Run and Talking Points Memo
Cheney: Any attempt to impeach Obama would be distraction  —  (CNN) — Although a fierce critic of Barack Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney does not support calls from some on the far right of his party to impeach him, saying it would simply create a distraction.
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 15, 2014
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
MARVEL PROUDLY PRESENTS THOR  —  Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron complimented with art from Russell Dauterman.  —  This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
How long can the GOP last as the cranky oldster party?  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  You can tell it's the dog days of summer because some of Washington's finest minds are spending their time debating the inherently unknowable question of whether today's teenagers will grow up to be Republicans.
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
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Two Former GOP Utah Attorneys General Arrested In Corruption Case  —  Two former Utah attorneys general, John Swallow (R) and Mark Shurtleff (R), were arrested in a long-running corruption case on Tuesday morning.  —  Shurtleff has been charged with three counts of bribery …
Discussion: Deseret News
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:   Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff arrested
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 …
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.
Arizona Republic:
Arizona politician mistakes ‘Y’ campers for migrant children  —  Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the protest in Oracle over the expected arrival of dozens of migrant children at a shelter.
Rolling Stone:
Pistols  —  Popular among handgun-owners, pistols are defined by their built-in barrel and short stock.  They are the most commonly recovered firearm type reported by the ATF.  With more than 119,000 pistols found at crime scenes in 2012, this handgun model holds an unfortunately solid first place in criminal weaponry.
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 and RedState
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney used drone at his wedding — violating Federal Aviation Administration rules  —  The drone was used to shoot a video during his wedding in June.  But the FAA prohibits the commercial use of drones.  Maloney, a Hudson Valley Democrat, sits on the House Transportation …
Hottest March-June On Record Globally, Reports Japan Meteorological Agency  —  You may recall that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported last month that March-May was the hottest in more than 120 years of record-keeping.  Well, the JMA reported Monday that last month was the hottest June …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Getting the Government Out of Your Wedding  —  Some years ago, I officiated at a wedding.  It was a Quaker wedding, and since there are no Quaker ministers, the happy couple needed a kind of master of ceremonies to keep the program moving along.  They handled most everything themselves …
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
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