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8:05 PM ET, July 16, 2014


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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Continuing Agonies of the Super-Rich  —  As we well know by now, being rich in America is tough.  Imagine driving your Porsche out the Goldman Sachs garage, intent on a relaxing weekend at your Hamptons retreat, only to find some wretched Occupy sympathizer giving you a dirty look through …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Pelosi, in Reversal, Says She Opposes Speeding Child Deportations
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi's goal is to win 25 seats. Here's how she thinks it can happen.
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 …
Associated Press:
Democrats fail in attempt to reverse Hobby Lobby contraceptive ruling  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and PoliticusUSA
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Dem birth control bill stalls  —  Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that would require companies to offer birth control coverage in staff health plans.  —  Democrats had moved the legislation as a response to last month's Supreme Court ruling rejecting the healthcare law's mandate …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
The Hobby Lobby Decision and Its Distortions
Sarah Chacko / Roll Call:
Birth Control Legislation Stalls in Senate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FEDS TO OPEN $50 MILLION RESORT FOR ILLEGAL CHILDREN - Complete With Tennis Courts, Sauna & Pools (Updated)  —  Welcome to America!  —  The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens.
Hotel to Undergo Transformation into Immigrant Center
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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  —  GAZA CITY — It is not unusual for militants to launch rockets from sites near my hotel.  Israeli missiles have also landed pretty close to al-Deira, an old red stucco inn with a large terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Where's the Oval Avatar?
Behind the GOP focus on Obamacare
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
O'Malley , Obama administration spar over immigration policies  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) appears to be facing the consequences of sharply challenging the Obama administration's efforts to deal with an influx of immigrant children who have crossed the border into this country unaccompanied.
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.
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
The 7 Ugliest Government Buildings In Washington, D.C.  —  There are many gorgeous buildings in D.C.  —  Unfortunately for us, in the '60s and '70s, the federal government only hired architects with early onset glaucoma.  —  7. Welcome to the U.S. Post Office building!
Washington Post:
Decriminalization arrives, and D.C. police prepare for sea change in marijuana laws  —  On Wednesday, a D.C. cop who catches someone carrying a small amount of marijuana is required to launch his suspect on an onerous journey through the criminal justice system — one likely to involve handcuffs, fingerprinting and forensic analysis.
Discussion: US News, FishbowlDC and Poynter
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional  —  A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California's death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  —  U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
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 …
Jen Lynds / Bangor Daily News:
Co-host of Aroostook Watchmen radio show found guilty of operating without a license  —  CARIBOU, Maine — A Woodland resident and a member of the Constitutional Coalition, a four-man group of conservative activists in Maine, was convicted of two counts of operating a motor vehicle without a license on Monday.
Discussion: Liberaland
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Maine ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Radio Host Convicted Of Driving Without A License
Discussion: The Raw Story
Justice IRS probe also includes Lois Lerner emails  —  The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the lost Lois Lerner emails, the department said Wednesday night.  —  Deputy Attorney General James Cole, in testimony slated for the House Oversight Committee Thursday morning …
Discussion: ABC News
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Surge of Central American Children Roils U.S. Immigration Debate  —  Obama Job Rating Steady, No Change in Economic Views  —  As the president and Congress struggle over how to deal with the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the U.S.-Mexican border …
Mark Harris / Guardian:
FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’  —  Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal ‘multitasking’  —  The FBI believes that the driverless car is a “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high …
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
Discussion: Balloon Juice and ACS Blog
Rmchatelain / CBS New York:
Police: Al Qaeda Magazine Suggesting Attack On US Open
Discussion: Hit & Run and Jihad Watch
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
University at Buffalo paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Family That Owns Hobby Lobby Plans Bible Museum in Washington
Discussion: Mediaite
Meredith Broussard / The Atlantic Online:
Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are...Conservative
Discussion: and NewsBusters
 Earlier Items: 
Rania Khalek / The Electronic Intifada:
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza's civilians, say doctors
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
Legendary Marine Maj. Zembiec, the ‘Lion of Fallujah,’ died in the service of the CIA
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH director won't testify before Issa panel
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Hot Air
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Dead Heat in Hotly-Contested Iowa Senate Race
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate-Change Skeptic Is Unbowed