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2:55 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.
Discussion: Washington Post and NewsBusters
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ready for Warren? Backers launch site
Discussion: The Boston Globe and Taylor Marsh
Emily Schultheis / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is Elizabeth Warren Campaigning in Red States?
Discussion: Daily Kos 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 …
J. Freedom Du Lac / Washington Post:
Journalist-turned-immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas released after border detention
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Jose Antonio Vargas, Immigrant Activist, Is Released by Border Patrol in Texas
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.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Liz Cheney's Bold Climate Change Plan: Do ‘Nothing’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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: Rothenblog, New York Times and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Boehner lawsuit a ‘political stunt’
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
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
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 …
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: BuzzFeed, Twitchy and CANNONFIRE
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.
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.
Comcastic service disconnection … Please note: this conversation starts about 10 minutes in — by this point my wife and I are both completely flustered by the oppressiveness of the rep.  —  So!  Last week my wife called to disconnect our service with Comcast after we switched to another provider (Astound).
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director  —  Washington (CNN) - Few Americans know the name David Simas.  But the White House political adviser has become the latest flashpoint in the continuing battles between the White House and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
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Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
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Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Obama admin to join voting rights cases in Ohio and Wisconsin
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ACS Blog
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth President: McDaniel Needs ‘Clear’ Evidence in Mississippi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Two Former GOP Utah Attorneys General Arrested In Corruption Case
Discussion: Deseret News
NBC News:
Poll: Dems Retain Slight Lead in Battleground States
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie Just Released An Overly Dramatic Fake Movie Trailer
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly