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11:25 AM ET, July 18, 2014


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David Remnick / Comment:
AFTER THE CRASH  —  Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated …
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 …
Steve Lillebuen / Sydney Morning Herald:
Crash claims top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne  —  Video posted to Instagram as at least 28 Australians and about 100 heading to Melbourne's International AIDS conference boarded Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.  —  About 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash …
Fox News:
Smoking gun?  Intercepted calls point finger at Russian separatists in jet downing  —  Intercepted phone calls purportedly between Russian military intelligence officers and members of a pro-Russian separatist group that appear to capture the moment the rebels realized the plane they shot …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
No One Checked Into Flight MH17 With A U.S. Passport, Administration Emails Reveal  —  Still a possibility of dual nationals.  —  Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — None of the passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine used a U.S. passport to check in …
Talking Points Memo:
Why Airlines Didn't Avoid Risky Ukraine Airspace
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Intercepted Audio of Ukraine Separatists
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Bodies, Jet Parts and a Child's Pink Book
Discussion: Boing Boing and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck by Missile, Officials Say
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
At Least 100 Aboard Doomed Malaysia Airlines Plane Were Set To Attend AIDS Conference
Associated Press:
Putin Urges Ukraine Cease-Fire After Plane Attack
Discussion: ABC News
The New Republic:
Where Did Ukraine's Rebels Get the Missile Launcher That Allegedly Shot Down the Malaysia Airlines Plane?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Jet was ‘blown out of the sky’
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air, CNN, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
McCain: ‘Hell to pay’ if plane shot down
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Moral clarity in Gaza  —  Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing.  Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
Nathan Thrall / New York Times:
Gaza and Israel: The Road to War, Paved by the West
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
US: Israel Must Do More to Protect Gaza Civilians
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CNN Removes Reporter Diana Magnay From Israel-Gaza After ‘Scum’ Tweet  —  NEW YORK — CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she tweeted that Israelis who were cheering the bombing of Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Israeli Crowd Cheers As Missile Hits Gaza Live On CNN
Discussion: The Right Scoop, The Dish and Mediaite
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
A few words of praise for some of the reporters covering Israeli-Palestinian violence
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Russia Today London correspondent resigns in protest at ‘disrespect for facts’ over Malaysian plane crash  —  A Russia Today reporter based in London has resigned with immediate effect in protest at the station's coverage of yesterday's plane crash in Ukraine.
David Martosko / Associated Press:
‘It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy’: Obama sparks anger with 40-second mention of Malaysian plane crash that killed 23 Americans before giving transportation speech  — Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 passengers on board including 23 Americans
John Dickerson / Slate:
Run, Elizabeth, Run!  —  Why an Elizabeth Warren presidential bid would be good for all Americans.  —  Imagine there were a political movement that was against pablum in the public square, that promoted tough debates on pressing issues, that was suspicious of coronations …
Marist Poll:
7/17: Iowa 2016: Rand Paul and Chris Christie Tossup with Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post and NewsBusters
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:   Gov. Christie Would Help Immigrant Children
Mark Murray /
Poll: 33% of Iowa Republicans dislike Christie
Discussion: Washington Post and PoliticusUSA
NY Daily News:
Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO  —  VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Addicted to Inflation  —  The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem.  That goes for political movements as well as individuals.  So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right …
Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
Poll has Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker in dead heat  —  Democrat Martha Coakley has seen her edge over Republican Charlie Baker nearly erased in the last several weeks and is now virtually tied with Baker in a potential general-election matchup, according to a new Boston Globe poll.
Poll shows Carter widening lead over Deal  —  Sponsored Links  —  ATLANTA —  An exclusive Channel 2 Action News poll indicates if the election were held today, Georgia could have a new governor.  —  The poll conducted by Landmark Communications on July 15 found Democratic challenger Jason Carter …
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Jason Millman / Washington Post:
The administration just took Obamacare away from the territories
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daily Oklahoman:
Content, not quantity, is what makes Obama's unilateral initiatives unsettling
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
Senate Mischief  —  On the topic of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton's Bizarre Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Why Democrats Need to Take Sides in America's Class War
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
I Don't Care If You Like It  —  Women are tired of being judged by the Esquire metric
Discussion: National Review
Joe Klein / TIME:
The Border and Obama  —  It's time to stop running away from the nation's troubles