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4:05 AM ET, July 18, 2014


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Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Is a Game Changer  —  This conflict is now officially out of control  —  Malaysian Airlines just can't catch a break.  Just four months after flight 370 disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean, Thursday brings news that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 …
Discussion: The Dish and New York Times
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
McCain: ‘Hell to pay’ if plane shot down  —  Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he is withholding judgment on the Malaysia Airlines crash, but vowed that there would be “hell to pay” if the plane was shot down by the Russian military or separatists.  —  “To leap to conclusions …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Jet was ‘blown out of the sky’  —  A Malaysian passenger jet carrying 295 people “apparently has been shot down” over Ukraine, Vice President Biden said Thursday.  —  Biden stressed that the U.S. had not confirmed details yet, but said it did not appear to be the result of a mechanical or pilot error.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Kyiv Post:
SBU intercepts phone conversations of separatists admitting downing a civilian plane (FULL TRANSCRIPT; VIDEO)  —  Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was allegedly shot down by a group of Russian-backed Cossack militants near the village of Chornukhine …
Sky News:
Malaysian Plane ‘Shot Down With 295 On Board’  —  A passenger plane with 295 people on board has been shot down as it flew above eastern Ukraine, according to aviation sources.  —  The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km …
Fox News:
Malaysia Airlines passenger jet shot down over Ukraine, 295 dead  —  A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border a day after a Ukrainian military jet was downed, Fox News has confirmed.
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Report: Malaysia Airlines flight crashes in Ukraine  —  (CNN) — A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday.  —  Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it lost contact with MH17, and the flight's …
Anton Zverev / Reuters:
Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead reported
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in eastern Ukraine; U.S. intelligence blames missile
Jeremy Bender / Business Insider:
Ukraine Separatists Have Shot Down Multiple Aircraft Over The Past Month
Peter Leonard / Associated Press:
Discussion: Business Insider
Jerusalem Post:
IDF starts Gaza ground offensive  —  Netanyahu's office says purpose of mission is to destroy terror tunnels and seriously harm the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.  —  After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu …
Fox News:
Israel launches large-scale ground operation in Gaza Strip  —  The Israeli military launched a large-scale ground operation in the Gaza Strip Thursday reportedly involving thousands of troops backed by tanks and bulldozers.  —  The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced …
Washington Post:
Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza  —  GAZA CITY — Israeli troops launched a ground incursion of Gaza Strip Thursday night, with artillery shells and airstrikes pounding the border of the coastal strip.  —  Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said that after 10 days …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Moral clarity in Gaza
New York Times:
Israeli Military Invades Gaza, With Sights Set on Hamas Operations
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Mai Yaghi / Yahoo! News:
Israel army presses Gaza ground assault AFP 35 mins ago
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children  —  Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Gaza City on killing of four Palestinian boys by Israel (credit: NBC News)  —  Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday's killing …
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
A few words of praise for some of the reporters covering Israeli-Palestinian violence
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Gov. Christie Would Help Immigrant Children  —  Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday during a visit to Iowa that he would consider requests to help unaccompanied immigrant children who come to New Jersey, but would not encourage families to send them to his home state.
Discussion: CNN
Mark Murray /
Poll: 33% of Iowa Republicans dislike Christie
Discussion: Washington Post and PoliticusUSA
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton's Bizarre Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy  —  Tuesday night on The Daily Show, Hillary Clinton showed why she gives a great interview.  When Stewart mocked the pretense that she's not yet decided to run for president, Hillary didn't stiffen or get flustered.
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
I Don't Care If You Like It  —  Women are tired of being judged by the Esquire metric  —  Last week, I got into a fight on Twitter with New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, whose work I respect, and it wasn't about anything that either of us had written; rather, we were tussling over the merits …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Elaine Stritch, Broadway's Enduring Dame, Dies at 89  —  Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim's wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Israeli Crowd Cheers As Missile Hits Gaza Live On CNN  —  “I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes.”  —  View Video ›  —  A few minutes later, the reporter, CNN's Diana Magnay, tweeted this and then deleted it about 20 minutes later:
Discussion: Mediaite and The Dish
Sophie Novack /
Democrats' Plan to Create the Next Todd Akin  —  The party is hoping to keep Republicans talking about reproductive issues, and is praying for a candidate to make another massive mistake.  —  Democrats are not just hoping for another Todd Akin, they're trying to create one …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Todd Akin's Pathetic Attempt To Defend ‘Legitimate Rape’ Goes Down In Flames
Discussion: Jezebel
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Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
Reports: At Least 100 Aboard Downed Malaysia Airlines Plane Were Headed To International AIDS Conference
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Why Democrats Need to Take Sides in America's Class War
Los Angeles Times:
Federal judge's ruling on California death penalty stuns experts
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Times
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