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2:55 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 …
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Game Changer  —  Were it not for the hundreds killed, it would also be comical the ridiculous series of events Vladimir Putin's reckless behavior led up to this morning.  For months Putin has been playing with fire, making trouble and having it work mainly to his advantage.
Talking Points Memo:
Why Airlines Didn't Avoid Risky Ukraine Airspace
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:   No One Checked Into Flight MH17 With A U.S. Passport, Administration Emails Reveal
New York Times:
Intercepted Audio of Ukraine Separatists
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Bodies, Jet Parts and a Child's Pink Book
Kyiv Post:
SBU intercepts phone conversations of separatists admitting downing a civilian plane (FULL TRANSCRIPT; VIDEO)
Karen Deyoung / Washington Post:
Downing of jet could escalate Ukraine crisis, tension between Russia and West
Delegates to Melbourne AIDS summit on doomed flight MH17
New York Times:
Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck by Missile, Officials Say
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, Mediaite and The Dish
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
‘We will fight’: Elizabeth Warren rallies base
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
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: Politico and Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
US: Israel Must Do More to Protect Gaza Civilians
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Court Rules for Gay Marriage in Oklahoma Case  —  A federal appeals court on Friday ruled Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.  —  The decision from a three-judge panel in Denver upholds rulings that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie Now Supports The Hobby Lobby Ruling
Discussion: American Prospect
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:   Senate Mischief  —  On the topic of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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