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1:15 PM ET, July 19, 2014


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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: CNN, Hot Air, Sky Dancing and The Mahablog
Washington Post:
Initial U.S. assessment: Pro-Russian rebels fired missile that downed Malaysia jet  —  A Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people and traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, falls in a Ukrainian field.  —  KIEV, Ukraine — A preliminary U.S. intelligence assessment indicates …
New York Times:
Downing of Malaysia Jet Is a Call to End Ukraine Conflict
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
“The bear is loose!”  President Obama has been saying …
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 …
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Income Inequality Is Not Rising Globally.  It's Falling.  —  Income inequality has surged as a political and economic issue, but the numbers don't show that inequality is rising from a global perspective.  Yes, the problem has become more acute within most individual nations …
Discussion: AEIdeas
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.
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 …
Mitchell Prothero / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Islamic State overwhelms Iraqi forces at Tikrit in major defeat  —  IRBIL, IRAQ — Islamic State gunmen overran a former U.S. military base early Friday and killed or captured hundreds of Iraqi government troops who'd been trying to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Long War Journal
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
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
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 …
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John Fund / National Review:
The Obama Albatross  —  With less than four months …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Report: ‘Vast majority’ of asylum claims granted
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Daily Caller
Keli Goff / The Daily Beast:
The New Battle Over Reproductive Rights
John Le / New York Times:
John le Carré on Philip Seymour Hoffman
Discussion: The Raw Story, raw and Guardian
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Shesol / News Desk:
So Sue Me: Republicans Learn to Love Litigation
Discussion: NewsBusters
Obama's foes on border crisis: Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and The Huffington Post
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN pulls reporter from Israel over tweet