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12:20 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.
Breaking: Obama speaking on crisis in the Ukraine  —  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.
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Mail, ABC News and AEIdeas
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Karen Deyoung / Washington Post:
Downing of jet could escalate Ukraine crisis, tension between Russia and West
New York Times:
Intercepted Audio of Ukraine Separatists
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Game Changer
New York Times:
U.S. Says Evidence Points to Pro-Russia Separatists in Destruction of Malaysian Plane
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Bodies, Jet Parts and a Child's Pink Book
Discussion: Boing Boing, Reuters and Politico
New York Times:
Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck by Missile, Officials Say
The New Republic:
Where Did Ukraine's Rebels Get the Missile Launcher That Allegedly Shot Down the Malaysia Airlines Plane?
Associated Press:
Putin Urges Ukraine Cease-Fire After Plane Attack
Discussion: ABC News
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
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
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 …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton's Bizarre Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy
Marist Poll:
7/17: Iowa 2016: Rand Paul and Chris Christie Tossup with Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post and NewsBusters
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.
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
Senate Mischief  —  On the topic of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the contraceptive mandate case decided on the last day of the recent Supreme Court term, the Democrats are fighting mad.  They don't like the decision.  No, they despise it.  Indeed, their rhetoric on Hobby Lobby has become so misleading …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie Now Supports The Hobby Lobby Ruling
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
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
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.
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