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5:45 PM 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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just With Real Weapons  —  Following up on my piece from last night about Putin's epic goof, here's an amazing little nugget from David Remnick's post about the Malaysian Air shoot down.  —  The reference is to the puffed up separatist ‘warlord’ who appears to lead the group that shot …
Sara Firth / BuzzFeed:
Russia Today Correspondent Resigns Over Coverage Of Ukrainian Plane Crash  —  Sara Firth, a longstanding London-based correspondent for Russia Today, resigned on Friday in protest at the channel's coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash.  —  Firth, who joined the channel in 2009 …
Obama: Airliner deaths an ‘unspeakable’ outrage  —  President Barack Obama said Friday that the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine was shot down in an “outrage of unspeakable proportion.”  He identified one American who died in the crash as Quinn Lucas Schansman.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Game Changer
Talking Points Memo:
Why Airlines Didn't Avoid Risky Ukraine Airspace
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Obama Points to Pro-Russia Separatists in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Plane
New York Times:
Intercepted Audio of Ukraine Separatists
Karen Deyoung / Washington Post:
Downing of jet could escalate Ukraine crisis, tension between Russia and West
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
No One Checked Into Flight MH17 With A U.S. Passport, Administration Emails Reveal
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Emma Roller /
Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism  —  Watch Elizabeth Warren give a speech to her fold, and you realize she's one of the rare Democrats who can excite her base in the same way Ted Cruz or Dr. Ben Carson can excite their own.  As Politico's Katie Glueck wrote on Friday …
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.
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.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN pulls reporter from Israel over tweet
Discussion: Power Line
Hannah Hess / Hill Blotter:
Marino Staffer Arrested for Bringing Gun to Cannon  —  Shucard was arrested Friday.  (Via Facebook)  —  Capitol Police arrested a staffer for Rep. Tom Marino Friday morning on charges of carrying a 9mm handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building.
Lauren French / Politico:
Hill staffer arrested on gun charge
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened  —  CNN and National Journal joined forces Thursday to explore the 2014 midterm elections at the first “Politics on Tap” event in Washington D.C. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, joined CNN's Jake Tapper, Brianna Keilar and Peter Hamby …
John Leo / Minding The Campus:
An Amazing Diversity Plan at Madison … John Leo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the editor of, a web magazine dedicated to chronicling developments within higher education in an effort to restore balance and intellectual pluralism to our American universities.
Elizabeth Warren Backs Corporate Welfare Bank  —  SHARES  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may market herself as a progressive populist, but when forced to choose between everyday Americans and billion dollar international corporations, Warren sides with the corporations.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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 and Politico
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Katharine Lackey / Associated Press:
World marks Nelson Mandela Day
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Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
CBS CEO says he will look at CNN if it goes up for sale
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Clinton Papers: Bin Laden, Haiti and Supreme Court
Discussion: CNN
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Mexican Consulate Employee Busted Hauling 100 Pounds Of Cocaine Into United States
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Not the worst of times  —  The world seems very messy these days …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Detroit Free Press:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
Poll has Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker in dead heat
Discussion: OnPolitics
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
The administration just took Obamacare away from the territories