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8:55 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.
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
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
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
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.
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 Rothenblog
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch Is Rebuffed in Offer for Time Warner  —  The media giant 21st Century Fox, the empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN and Twitchy
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
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and Fox News
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Netanyahu talks of demilitarization as rocket barrage continues  —  Israel expects many Hamas facilities will be destroyed by Operation Protective Edge, but then wants the international community to become involved in taking measures - as yet undefined - to prevent them from being rebuilt.
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
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 …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Jose Antonio Vargas, Immigrant Activist, Is Released by Border Patrol in Texas
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.
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks at Howard University for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights Act  —  Thank you, President [Wayne] Frederick, for those kind words - and thank you all for such a warm welcome.  It is a pleasure to be here on the beautiful and historic campus …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Exclusive: After Subpoenas in Walker Criminal Probe, WI GOP Sought to Quietly Change Law  —  New documents indicate that just weeks after the first subpoenas were issued in Wisconsin's “John Doe” criminal campaign finance probe in October 2013, senate Republicans had begun working to change state law …
Discussion: and The Raw Story
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.
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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Joshua Levitt /
Watchdog: Al Jazeera's Gaza Fatalities Data Indicates Israel Killed Mostly Combatant-Age Males, Not Women or Children
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Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director
Discussion: Politico
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Rolling Stone:
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Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth President: McDaniel Needs ‘Clear’ Evidence in Mississippi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Parkinson / ABC News:
‘Shocked’ Rep Scolds VA Over ‘Deception’ in Latest Revelations
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState