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3:40 PM ET, July 20, 2014


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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
The GOP's 2016 Hillary paradox  —  The GOP can't live with Hillary Clinton running for president, but they can't live without her either.  —  Most Republicans see the former secretary of State as a formidable challenger, albeit a flawed one.  Her sheer presence does perhaps more to excite …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katie Glueck / Politico:
What we learned from liberals at Netroots Nation  —  DETROIT — At a high-profile gathering of progressives this week, Hillary Clinton was tolerated, Barack Obama was pitied, and Elizabeth Warren was treated like a hero.  —  The annual liberal confab known as Netroots Nation brought together …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Popular President  —  WASHINGTON — THE thing about him is, he just keeps going.  —  At 67, he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand weighting the bottom — you knock him over and he pops back up.  —  As Hillary stumbles and President Obama slumps …
Discussion: Informed Comment and Althouse
Byron Tau / Politico:
Kerry caught on open mic  —  Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on an open mic just before his interview with “Fox News Sunday” candidly speaking about the conflict in Gaza.  —  “It's a hell of a pinpoint operation, it's a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said to an aide on the phone, with some measure of frustration.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Fox confronts Kerry with hot-mike comment on Israel: ‘Hell of a pinpoint operation’  —  In an unusual moment during Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace presented Secretary of State John Kerry with video recorded before he came on air.  —  The segment begins shortly after the 11-minute mark in this video.
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
James Garner, Witty, Handsome Leading Man, Dies at 86  —  James Garner, the wry and handsome leading man who slid seamlessly between television and the movies but was best known as the amiable gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s western “Maverick” and the cranky sleuth Jim Rockford in the 1970s series …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Richard Natale / Variety:
James Garner of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files,’ Dies at 86  —  Amiable film and television actor James Garner, who starred in popular television series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” died Saturday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.  He was 86.
New York Times:
KIEV, Ukraine — Pro-Russian separatist militiamen have seized custody of the bodies of about 200 victims of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that was blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile, Ukrainian officials said on Sunday, and rebels continued to limit access to the crash site …
Shannon Travis / CNN:
Senate Intel chief: Putin should ‘man up’ on plane disaster
Discussion: Associated Press
Kendall Breitman / Politico:   Kerry: ‘Pretty clear’ separatist involvement
Washington Post:
Ukrainian officials accuse rebel militias of moving bodies, tampering with evidence
Anne Applebaum / Slate:
The downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has exposed the chaos in Ukraine as a real war.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and New York Times
Washington Post:
Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis  —  Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.
Paul Horwitz / PrawfsBlawg:
We Have Lost Our Beloved Friend, Dan Markel  —  We write this together, all of us, as a community.  Our friend Dan Markel has been taken from us, suddenly and terribly.  His law school, the Florida State University College of Law, will issue an announcement in due time.
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Rich Lowry: Boys Killed By Israelis On Gaza Beach Should Have Gotten Out Of The Way  —  National Review Editor Rich Lowry asserted over the weekend that Israelis were not at fault for the deaths of four boys who were killed while playing on a Gaza beach last week because Hamas should have told them to move out of the way.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu finally calls out Erdogan for anti-Semitic statements  —  Meretz's Gal-On calls Turkish leader's comments that he made at a campaign rally “despicable, vile and irresponsible.”  —  After years of publicly restraining himself regarding Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan …
Discussion: and Israel Matzav
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Faith-Based Fanatics  —  He's had a busy summer.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Vox Popoli
Evgeny Morozov / Guardian:
The rise of data and the death of politics
John Napier Tye / Washington Post:
Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Palin: 'I don't need lectures from Eric Holder'
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
 Earlier Items: 
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Two more soldiers killed in Gaza, IDF expands ground operation
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Peter Smagorinsky / The Atlantic Online:
‘The Ideal Head’: Bizarre Racial Teachings From a 1906 Textbook