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9:55 AM ET, July 16, 2014


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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton talks Gaza, media scrutiny on Daily Show  —  Hillary Clinton joked about an office with “fewer corners” and said she's surprised at the “cottage industry” of interest in her but got serious talking about the violence in the Mideast on Tuesday in an interview with “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Martin O'Malley Gets Aggressive  —  The odds aren't great against Hillary Clinton, but the Democratic governor from Maryland is doing the actual things people do before running for president: donors, new policies, campaign travel, distance from Obama.  “I think people are going to be surprised at the amount of time he does this.”
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Althouse
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Martin O'Malley: Don't send border children to Maryland facility  —  Martin O'Malley says that deporting the children detained at the border would be sending them to “certain death” — but he also urged the White House not to send them to a facility in his own state.
Discussion: Hot Air, Twitchy and CANNONFIRE
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Stewart To Clinton: ‘No One Cares’ About Your Book, Are You Running For President?  (VIDEO)  —  Jon Stewart went straight to the burning question Tuesday night when Hillary Clinton stopped by “The Daily Show.”  —  “I think I speak for everyone when I say no one cares …
Discussion: New York Times
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 15, 2014
Discussion: Politico and Rothenblog
The Iraq That Dick Cheney Actually Left Behind  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney is interviewed for Fox News in 2013  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on CNN on Tuesday, once more claiming that the Iraq his administration left behind was a “very stable” one.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Dead Heat in Hotly-Contested Iowa Senate Race  —  The Senate race in New Hampshire isn't as fluid, with only 6 percent of registered voters saying that they're undecided between incumbent Shaheen and Brown.  It also isn't as close: Shaheen is beating her GOP rival 50 percent to 42 percent.
Discussion: Washington Post
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH director won't testify before Issa panel  —  White House political director David Simas will not appear before the House Oversight Committee to testify Wednesday, despite a subpoena from Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the White House said Tuesday.  —  In a letter to Issa on Tuesday …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director
Discussion: Politico
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.
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
House Republicans take aim at EPA climate rules  —  House appropriators on Tuesday approved a $30 billion spending bill designed to block a host of looming Environmental Protection Agency regulations viewed by the GOP as exceeding the agency's authority.  —  Republicans on the Appropriations …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ready for Warren?  Backers launch site  —  A group encouraging Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president is ramping up, launching a website this week just ahead of the liberal Netroots Nation conference.  —  According to The Boston Globe and other news organizations …
Guy Benson /
Lerner Associate: “I Don't Understand How Anyone But Straight White Men Can Vote Republican”  —  SHARES  —  Federal employees, like all Americans, are entitled to hold passionate political beliefs.  Most executive branch federal employees, however, may not engage in certain political activities …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate-Change Skeptic Is Unbowed  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama here, says he remembers the morning he spotted a well-known colleague at a gathering of climate experts.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
Carol Rosenberg /
Navy nurse refuses to force-feed Guantánamo captive  —  Detainee's lawyer says her client described the Navy medical officer's refusal as an act of conscientious objection.  —  In the first known rebellion against Guantánamo's force-feeding policy, a Navy medical officer recently refused …
New York Times:
Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax  —  About 10,000 motorists die each year because of inadequate road conditions, and millions of other Americans waste large portions of their lives stuck in traffic or stalled trains.  The enormous cost to society of poor infrastructure grows every year …
Discussion: Washington Post
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
The Looming Political Game Changers  —  Iran!  Oil prices!  Rick Perry!  Even if you think you know who'll control Congress next year, the road to the November midterms will be full of big surprises.  —  From a deal with Iran to an uptick in the employment rolls, a lot can happen to shift …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 16, 2014 - Colorado Gov Race Tied, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Economy Is Good And Getting Better, Voters Say  —  Despite stronger voter optimism about Colorado's economy than found in many states, the race for governor is tied, with 43 percent …
Discussion: National Review
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Where's the Oval Avatar?  —  WASHINGTON — The White House likes to use a phrase of tingling adventure to describe the president's recent penchant for wandering the country talking to people: “The bear is loose.”  —  There are three problems with this unbearable metaphor …
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 …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Kids At Border “Gang Members” From Culture Of “Rape”
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie to Test Presidential Hopes in Iowa Trip
Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Exclusive: After Subpoenas in Walker Criminal Probe, WI GOP Sought to Quietly Change Law
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Joshua Levitt /
Watchdog: Al Jazeera's Gaza Fatalities Data Indicates Israel Killed Mostly Combatant-Age Males, Not Women or Children
Discussion: Israel Matzav
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks at Howard University for the 50th Anniversary Celebration …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Netanyahu talks of demilitarization as rocket barrage continues
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
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