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10:15 AM ET, July 21, 2014


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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Senators: Response to tragedy ‘too timid’  —  The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Sunday the U.S. response to the attack on a commercial airliner above eastern Ukraine that killed nearly 300 people has been too weak.  —  Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll: Stay out of Ukraine, Middle East  —  Amid deepening violence across Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Americans are recoiling from direct engagement overseas and oppose U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine by large margins, according to a POLITICO poll of 2014 battleground voters.
Discussion: Business Insider
Clark S. Judge / Daily Mail:
This weak and timid President talks big... and does nothing: A devastating attack on Obama by a top Washington insider  —  At a political event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday, President Obama devoted only 40 seconds to the shooting down of the Malaysian airline, his first statement to the world following the news.
Discussion: Hot Air
The New Republic:
The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble  —  I.  —  At around noon on March 20 last year, Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport for Barack Obama's first presidential visit to Israel.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Booman Tribune
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Dim views of Hillary Clinton's time at State  —  A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton's performance as secretary of state, according to a new POLITICO poll.  —  Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
Clinton Earns $12 Million Speaking, Writing After Service  —  Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party's call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor.  —  Clinton's income since her resignation …
Discussion: ABC News and BuzzFeed
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights  —  In the Hobby Lobby decision handed down last month, the Supreme Court was asked to strike a balance between women's rights and religious freedom.  But the major conflict that has erupted in the wake of that decision has been between religious freedom and gay rights.
Thomas Frank / Salon:
Right-wing obstruction could have been fought: An ineffective and gutless presidency's legacy is failure  —  Yes, we know, the crazy House.  But we were promised hope and change on big issues.  We got no vision and less action  —  Predicting the future course of American politics is a lively and flourishing vocation.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Biden Agenda  —  Reckoning with Ukraine and Iraq, and keeping an eye on 2016. … “No pressure, but I do have another couple who are very interested.”  —  BUY AS PRINT» … “In closing, I would like to remind the jury that he says he didn't do it.”  —  BUY AS PRINT»
Discussion: Mediaite, Business Insider and CBS DC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Imaginary Budget and Debt Crisis  —  For much of the past five years readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issue facing America.  Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Mike Allen / Politico:
OBAMA to EVAN OSNOS: ‘I think Joe would be a superb President ... You have to have that fire in the belly, which is a question that only Joe can answer himself’ — DAG VEGA'S NEW JOB  —  EXCLUSIVE: Dag Vega, the White House's director of broadcast media, will join the strategic-communications …
Siena College:
Cuomo Leads Astorino by 37 Points … Cuomo Leads Astorino by 37 Points Among Likely Voters; Six in Ten Say Cuomo's Made NY Better in Last Four Years  —  Two-Thirds Say Most Legislators Do What's Best for Them & Their Political Friends; Never Surprised When Another One Gets Indicted
Discussion: Politico
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.
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
James Garner, Witty, Handsome Leading Man, Dies at 86
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
American Thinker:
How would you feel if you sent your son or daughter to an Anti …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Matt Lebovic / The Times of Israel:
Jewish students extracted from Boston anti-Israel ‘die-in’
Robert Fulford / National Post:
As the world burns, America shrugs
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Yahoo! News:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Wordyard
Jana Winter / Fox News:
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Kiley Kroh / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Jezebel
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Rich Lowry: Boys Killed By Israelis On Gaza Beach Should Have Gotten Out Of The Way
Discussion: Hullabaloo