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11:50 AM ET, July 22, 2014

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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering  —  This Gaza war has brought a new level of American awareness of the pain of Palestinian civilians.  And we have Jon Stewart to thank.  —  When I interviewed The Daily Show's Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Reuters:
Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts  —  (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives.
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Court Rules That Subsidies in Obamacare's Federal Exchange are Illegal, Dealing Huge Legal Blow to Health Law  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered a huge blow to Obamacare this morning, ruling that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange …
Discussion: alicublog
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Appeals Court Deals Major Blow To Obamacare
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Two Republican Judges Order Obamacare Defunded
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
While Hillary Clinton offers a resume, Elizabeth Warren offers a plan  —  DEMOCRATIC PARTY HILLARY CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS ELIZABETH WARREN  —  It seems almost too obvious to mention, but presidential candidates need a clear idea of why they want to be president.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hot Air
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
It's virtually impossible to be a successful modern president
Discussion: NewsBusters and Power Line
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS: Lerner emails may exist after all  —  The IRS might not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner's emails after all, according to a top IRS official.  —  In testimony released Monday, Thomas Kane, the IRS's deputy associate chief counsel, told House Oversight investigators …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings calls for end to ‘public harassment’ of IRS chief John Koskinen  —  CONGRESS IRS DARRELL ISSA PENNAVE JOHN KOSKINEN ELIJAH CUMMINGS HOUSE OVERSIGHT  —  The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel is objecting to a plan to call …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution  —  John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying.  The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses …
Discussion: BillMoyers.com and Techdirt
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Fox News:
Obama's LGBT Executive Order endangers religious liberty  —  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, left, applauds as President Obama waves after signing an executive order to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
CNN:
Ukraine says Russian officer pushed the button to shoot down MH17  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — As bodies from Thursday's air disaster reached a facility Tuesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the Ukrainian government ratcheted up its accusations against Moscow, saying a Russian officer shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
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Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Bodies of Plane Crash Victims Moved Out of Combat Area
Discussion: nepr.net and kyivpost.com
Alan Greenblatt / NPR:
Rubio: U.S. Cannot Admit All Children Seeking Asylum … Sen. Marco Rubio argued that the nation's immigration laws need to be overhauled and said that Hillary Clinton would be a flawed candidate for president.  —  The Florida Republican made his comments in the second half of a two-part interview …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Goodbye to the Republican Wave?  —  Republicans entered this election cycle with high hopes.  President Obama's approval ratings had sunk into the low 40s, and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act had been an unmitigated disaster.  In an off-year election, Democrats weren't expected …
Charles E. Schumer / New York Times:
Charles Schumer: Adopt the Open Primary  —  WASHINGTON — POLARIZATION and partisanship are a plague on American politics.  —  Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s.  The Senate hasn't been so polarized since Reconstruction …
USA Today:
Kean/Hamilton: Terror threat enters danger zone  —  A decade after release of 9/11 Report, there's progress, but we cannot let our guard down.  —  Ten years ago today, we released The 9/11 Commission Report to the government and the American public.  Many of our 41 recommendations have been adopted …
Discussion: Daily Signal and ThinkProgress
Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: US intelligence source claims Hamas has many more tunnels than Israel says  —  American satellites have preliminary findings of around 60 tunnels on the Israel-Gaza border, according to senior official; number could actually be higher.  —  As Israeli security forces thwarted …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Jet Wreckage Bears Signs of Impact by Supersonic Missile, Analysis Shows  —  A piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was shot down in eastern Ukraine last week bears telltale marks of small pieces of high-velocity shrapnel that apparently crippled the jet in flight.
Discussion: Business Insider
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Seeking redemption in 2016, Rick Perry finds power in immigration standoff  —  CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — He came here for redemption.  At the Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church, Rick Perry held his arms across his torso and swayed as the choir sang during last Sunday's morning service.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Showdown for GOP nomination in key Senate race  —  (CNN) - This one's ugly, and personal.  —  Voters cast ballots Tuesday in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff, after weeks of the two candidates sharpening their attacks.  —  Follow @politicalticker Follow @psteinhausercnn
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
 
 
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Nigel Duara / Associated Press:
Evangelical Group Aims to Convert Children as Young as Five at Portland Parks and Pools
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The Huffington Post:
Obama and the World's Ills
Sarah Jaffe / In These Times:
The Bad Boss Tax
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie suggests it's unlikely he'll campaign for Cuomo's opponent anytime soon
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Limousine liberalism's good works
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Emily Bazelon / Slate:
There are 57,000 kids at the border who need temporary shelter. …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here's How Many Subscribers Aereo Had Last Year
ABC News:
Lawmakers Face Long to-Do List, Uncertain Success
Discussion: Politico
Rasmussen Reports:
Have We Got A Conspiracy for You - 9/11? JFK? Obama's Citizenship?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
What Really Drove the Children North
Discussion: Hot Air, Cafe Hayek and Hit & Run
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
New England Journal Of Medicine: 20 Million Covered Under Obamacare