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11:00 AM ET, July 19, 2014


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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Understanding What Hamas Wants  —  Five observations about the Gaza conflict, including praise for an ex-president's insight into the particular nature of Hamas' evil  —  1. We can thank former President Bill Clinton for perfect clarity in his comments about the chaos and horror of Gaza.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Could southern black voters save the Senate for Democrats?  —  Yes, that could happen.  Nate Cohn has a terrific piece today arguing that, for the first time since Reconstruction, southern black voters could be pivotal to the outcome of a national election.  That would be the battle for the Senate this fall:
Discussion: New York Times
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Black Southern Voters, Poised to Play a Historic Role  —  Southern black voters don't usually play a decisive role in national elections.  They were systematically disenfranchised for 100 years after the end of the Civil War.  Since the days of Jim Crow, a fairly unified white Southern vote …
Anton Zverev / Reuters:
Bodies rained down on Ukraine village after plane disaster  —  (Reuters) - First came the loud explosion that made buildings rattle: then it started raining bodies.  —  One of the corpses fell through the rickety roof of Irina Tipunova's house in this sleepy village, just after Malaysia …
Discussion: and Mashable
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Cover-up: Ukraine rebels destroying all links to MH17 air atrocity  —  UN demands full inquiry but armed Russian separatists block access to crash site amid confusion over black boxes  —  Russian separatist groups in eastern Ukraine are hastily covering up all links to the Buk missile battery suspected …
Discussion: The Mahablog, Hot Air and Sky Dancing
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
For the G.O.P., Fine Line Seen on Migration  —  WASHINGTON — In 1996, when a surge in illegal immigration collided with the overheated politics of a presidential election, Republicans demanded a strict crackdown.  —  They passed a measure in the House that would have allowed states …
USA Today:
Some candidates' super PACs are a family affair  —  Is a super PAC independent when it's funded and run by your Mom and Dad?  —  WASHINGTON — An outside political committee has spent thousands of dollars on signs and billboards to boost Florida Democrat Gabriel Rothblatt's long-shot bid for Congress.
New York Times:
Downing of Malaysia Jet Is a Call to End Ukraine Conflict  —  Growing casualties on the ground, a major escalation of American sanctions against Russia, a military plane shot down and now the appalling destruction of a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people on board, shot by a surface-to-air missile.
ABC News:
President Obama Says at Least One American On Board Downed Malaysia Airline Plane in Ukraine
Discussion: ABC News and
Bloomberg View:
The Pentagon's War Against Climate Change  —  U.S. conservatives make at least two arguments against action on climate change: We don't have enough conclusive evidence to prove it is happening, and even if we did, the cost of cutting our carbon emissions would be too high.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Report: ‘Vast majority’ of asylum claims granted  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS IMMIGRATION NATIONAL SECURITY BORDER SECURITY HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LAW  —  Democrats who oppose changing the law to allow quicker removals of families and unaccompanied young people illegally crossing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Allen West / Allen B. West:
298 souls on MH17 have paid the price for Obama's “flexibility” [VIDEO]  —  Back in his first term, while taking part in a global nuclear security summit in South Korea — and believing the microphones were off -President Barack Hussein Obama was caught leaning over to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev …
John Le / New York Times:
John le Carré on Philip Seymour Hoffman  —  I reckon I spent five hours at most in Philip Seymour Hoffman's close company, six at a pinch.  Otherwise it was standing around with other people on the set of “A Most Wanted Man,” watching him on the monitor and afterward telling him he was great …
Discussion: The Raw Story, raw and Guardian
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John Fund / National Review:
The Obama Albatross  —  With less than four months …
Keli Goff / The Daily Beast:
The New Battle Over Reproductive Rights
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama to Issue Order Barring Anti-Gay Bias by Contractors
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Byron Tau / Politico:
Microsoft layoffs hit D.C. office
Discussion: Business Insider
Jeff Shesol / News Desk:
So Sue Me: Republicans Learn to Love Litigation
Discussion: NewsBusters
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Halts Recognition Of Utah Same-Sex Marriages During Appeal
Obama's foes on border crisis: Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Huckabee, Paul, Ryan, Perry Best Known and Liked in GOP
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and The Hill
Katharine Lackey / Associated Press:
World marks Nelson Mandela Day
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Hillary: This plane thing is really Europe's problem
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Fox News