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3:10 PM ET, July 19, 2014


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Lying commies  —  The more people are exposed to socialism, the worse they behave  —  “UNDER capitalism”, ran the old Soviet-era joke, “man exploits man.  Under communism it is just the opposite.”  In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too …
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal REVOLUTION
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Initial U.S. assessment: Pro-Russian rebels fired missile that downed Malaysia jet
New York Times:
Downing of Malaysia Jet Is a Call to End Ukraine Conflict
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 …
Daniel Kelley / Reuters:
Philadelphia mosque leaders try to cut off man's hand -police  —  (Reuters) - Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
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.
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
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Daily Caller Editor Drops Some Truth On Bill Maher's Audience...Audience APPLAUDS  —  Is there hope for liberal television after all?  Probably not, but for a brief shining moment one conservative rocked the epicenter of the lefty airwaves with such righteous force that HBO viewers …
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 …
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John Fund / National Review:
The Obama Albatross  —  With less than four months …
Allen West / Allen B. West:
298 souls on MH17 have paid the price for Obama's “flexibility” [VIDEO]
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
Bloomberg View:
The Pentagon's War Against Climate Change
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
 Earlier Items: 
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