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1:55 AM ET, July 21, 2014


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Jana Winter / Fox News:
Cartels suspected as high-caliber gunfire sends Border Patrol scrambling on Rio Grande  —  EXCLUSIVE: RINCON PENINSULA, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side …
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Power Line
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.
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
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
Shannon Travis / CNN:   Senate Intel chief: Putin should ‘man up’ on plane disaster
Kendall Breitman / Politico:   Kerry: ‘Pretty clear’ separatist involvement
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
California drought will only get worse, experts say  —  California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.  —  With more than 80% of the state in an extreme drought, dry conditions will probably continue and won't improve …
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Sky News Apologizes After Going Through MH17 Luggage On Air  —  Sky News has apologized after a reporter began digging through the luggage of a passenger killed aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on air.  —  The reporter, Colin Brazier, began picking through a victim's suitcase and holding …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
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’
Matt Lebovic / The Times of Israel:
Jewish students extracted from Boston anti-Israel ‘die-in’  —  Demonstrators fell to the ground as protest leaders read names of Gaza casualties in Operation Protective Edge at rally Saturday
Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
Love People, Not Pleasure  —  ABD AL-RAHMAN III was an emir and caliph of Córdoba in 10th-century Spain.  He was an absolute ruler who lived in complete luxury.  Here's how he assessed his life:  —  “I have now reigned above 50 years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects …
Discussion: Wordyard
American Thinker:
How would you feel if you sent your son or daughter to an Anti-Defamation League summer camp only to find out that the camp's youth coordinators are supporters of a convicted Al Qaeda terrorist?  —  Brothers Bilal and Ammaar Mirza have been involved with Anti-Defamation League's (ADL's) …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Kiley Kroh / ThinkProgress:
California Couple Tries To Conserve Water, Ends Up Facing $500 Fine For Brown Lawn  —  Michael Korte walks across his lawn in Glendora, Calif. Korte and his wife face a possible fine of up to $500 for not maintaining their lawn during the drought.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
Discussion: Jezebel
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Matea Gold / Washington Post:
In N.C., conservative donor Art Pope sits at heart of government he helped transform
Robert Fulford / National Post:
As the world burns, America shrugs
Yahoo! News:
Hamas military wing claims abducted Israeli soldier AFP 48 mins ago
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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