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1:25 PM ET, July 21, 2014


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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.”
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17  —  And it's more of a problem than you think.  —  Did you know Malaysia Air Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam?  Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Senators: Response to tragedy ‘too timid’
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
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
Discussion: Hot Air
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»
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 …
Jacob Fischler / Monitor:
Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV  —  National Guard Capt. Martha Nigrelle takes a photo of a washed-out bridge to show the hazardous terrain Border Patrol agents encounter on May 19, 2014, in Laredo, Texas.  Border Patrol agents are guided to illegal immigrants …
Discussion:, Politico, Hot Air and Mediaite
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Pol: Rick Perry to send troops to border
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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.
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.
Ron Fournier /
Is the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?  —  Ordering a cheeseburger with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.  —  President Obama walks into the Charcoal Pit restaurant to eat lunch with a single mother in Wilmington, Del.(Getty Images)
Bruce Japsen / Forbes:
Hospitals See Troubles In Red States That Snubbed Obamacare's Medicaid Deal  —  While record numbers of Americans sign up for the larger Medicaid health insurance program for the poor, financial issues are emerging for medical care providers in the two dozen states that didn't go along with the expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Alex B. Berezow / RealClearScience:
Outbreak of Political Correctness in Science Media  —  A free and objective press: A quaint idea.  —  The American media is widely perceived to lean to the Left.  Though most journalists won't openly admit the fact, it is indisputably true.  As reported in the Washington Post …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and RedState
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Danusha V. Goska / American Thinker:
How far left was I?  So far left my beloved uncle was a card …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Sayed Kashua / Guardian:
why I have to leave Israel  —  The Arab-Israeli author moved …
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A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Rand Paul courts Silicon Valley as he mulls 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: The Verge and New York Times
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
In Gaza, Epithets Are Fired and Euphemisms Give Shelter
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Graham Tears Into Kerry: ‘Ridiculous And Delusional’
Siena College:
Cuomo Leads Astorino by 37 Points
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Politico
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
California drought will only get worse, experts say
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Sky News Apologizes After Going Through MH17 Luggage On Air
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly