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4:45 PM ET, July 21, 2014


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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»
New Yorker:
A Note to Our Readers … “Tell everyone it was a bigger bird.”  —  BUY AS PRINT»
Discussion: The Verge and The Huffington Post
Capital New York:
A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes
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 …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border  —  Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro on Monday said Gov. Rick Perry's is “militarizing our border” with his reported decision to deploy state National Guard troops there.  —  “We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard …
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Perry to send 1,000 National Guard troops to border
Discussion: Daily Signal
Peggy Fikac /
Perry to send 1,000 Texas Guard troops to South Texas border
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 …
New York Times:
Ukraine Separatists Yield, Allowing Bodies to Depart and Agreeing to Hand Over Black Boxes  —  KIEV, Ukraine — After days of obstruction, Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine permitted Dutch forensics experts on Monday to search the wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner destroyed …
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.”
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: Politico
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
MSNBC Contributor Criticizes MSNBC On MSNBC For Air Time Given To Palestinian Voices  —  MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal criticizes the network and Andrea Mitchell by name.  —  View Video ›  —  Monday's edition of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily featured criticism of the network's coverage …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC Contributor Slams Network For Pro-Israel Coverage: ‘We Are Ridiculous!’
Discussion: Mediaite
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)
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Release Detail  —  July 21, 2014 - Limit Marijuana To Home …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Parent Trap
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Americans Say Business Background Is Best for Governing
Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan Reuters 19 hrs ago
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’
Alex B. Berezow / RealClearScience:
Outbreak of Political Correctness in Science Media
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and RedState
Siena College:
Cuomo Leads Astorino by 37 Points
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights
Discussion: The Mahablog
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
California drought will only get worse, experts say