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9:05 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: Booman Tribune
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.
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: Daily Kos
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
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 and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Weasel Zippers
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
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: The Daily Caller and Wordyard
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?  —  There's probably never been a time when humanity wasn't collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to.  (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?")
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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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’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
Robert Fulford / National Post:
As the world burns, America shrugs
Yahoo! News:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: Hullabaloo