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2:50 PM ET, July 16, 2014


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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.”
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
University at Buffalo paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Stewart To Clinton: ‘No One Cares’ About Your Book, Are You Running For President? (VIDEO)
Discussion: Shakesville and New York Times
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port  —  There is a deafening explosion, then a second.  Four children are dead.  Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel  —  The retaining wall of Gaza's harbour sticks out into the Mediterranean about 100 metres …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
William Booth / Reuters:
Dispatch: Israeli strike kills four children on a Gaza beach
Rania Khalek / The Electronic Intifada:
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza's civilians, say doctors
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.
Mariana Dale / Arizona Republic:
Babeu keeps peace but buses with migrant kids a no-show
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
Astrid Galvan / Associated Press:
Ariz. Protestors Mistakenly Blockade YMCA Bus Instead Of Migrants
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Is a fear of 'getting Koch'ed' hurting Republican super PACs?  —  CONGRESS BARACK OBAMA HARRY REID CAMPAIGN FINANCE 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS PENNAVE KOCH BROTHERS  —  Democratic super PACs have outraised their Republican counterparts by millions, a factor attributed in part to GOP donors' fear …
The Hill:
CAMPAIGN OVERNIGHT: Senate Dems flex fundraising muscle
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Roll Call
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Offers Birth Control Bill That Literally Does Nothing
Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren: The government shutdown was over birth control  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ELIZABETH WARREN WAR ON WOMEN CONTRACEPTION  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Tuesday blamed last October's government shutdown on Republicans wanting to deny women access to birth control.
Ron Fournier /
Mr. ‘I, Me, My’: Obama Oughta Know He's Not the Hero
New York Times:
$80 Billion Offer From Rupert Murdoch Is Rejected, but Time Warner May Be in Play  —  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.  —  The bold approach could put Time Warner in play …
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.
Brittney Cooper / Salon:
Iggy Azalea's post-racial mess: America's oldest race tale, remixed  —  As a white female rapper mistakes appropriation for artistry, here's how black women remain pushed to the sidelines  —  Recently, my nine year-old nephew came running into the room, eager to find a seat to watch a performance by Iggy Azalea on an awards show.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Colorlines
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
How Americans Feel About Religious Groups  —  Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly  —  Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public.  When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Family That Owns Hobby Lobby Plans Bible Museum in Washington  —  WASHINGTON — The evangelical Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby, the chain of craft stores, made history two weeks ago when the Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration's mandate that family-owned companies must …
Discussion: Mediaite
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem  —  Immigration concerns surged in July, while economic mentions ebbed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation's southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi's goal is to win 25 seats.  Here's how she thinks it can happen.  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post Tuesday that her goal is to win 25 seats this November — a bold statement given that historical trends suggest that the party …
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Scared Monkeys
Meredith Broussard / The Atlantic Online:
Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing  —  The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers.  Unfortunately, low-income school districts can't afford to buy them.  —  Photos by Matt Stanley
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Hamas proposes 10-year cease-fire in return for conditions being met  —  Channel 2 reports Hamas seeks long-term truce; Its terms are the release of Schalit deal prisoners who were re-arrested, the opening of Gaza border crossings, and an end to Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Coming Democratic Schism  —  There is a striking generational split in the Democratic electorate.  —  This deepening division is apparent in a June Pew Research Center survey of more than 10,000 people, “Beyond Red vs. Blue.”  The Pew survey points up the emergence of a cohort …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Maine ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Radio Host Convicted Of Driving Without A License
Rolling Stone:
Deadly Weapons  —  Contrary to what those who defend the right …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hot Air
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Living With Uncertainty: Expected Health Spending Declines (Again)
Discussion: AEIdeas and The Dish
Mark Harris / Guardian:
FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Verge
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are...Conservative
Discussion: NewsBusters and
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
Legendary Marine Maj. Zembiec, the ‘Lion of Fallujah,’ died in the service of the CIA
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH director won't testify before Issa panel
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and CNN
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Where's the Oval Avatar?
New York Times:
Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax
Discussion: Washington Post
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
House Republicans take aim at EPA climate rules
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
The Looming Political Game Changers
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate-Change Skeptic Is Unbowed
Discussion: Hit & Run and The PJ Tatler