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10:35 AM ET, July 26, 2014


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John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
U.S. Congressman Mistakes U.S. Gov't Officials For Indian Officials (VIDEO)  —  In an extraordinary — and extraordinarily awkward — failure of basic situational awareness, a U.S. congressman apparently mistook American government officials for Indian government officials during a congressional hearing.
Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Obamacare court ruling is nonsensical and cynical  —  At last count, more than 8 million people are getting healthcare through an Obamacare exchange.  Almost three-quarters of them are using the federal exchange.  These millions of Americans ought to be able to finally leave behind …
John Sexton / BREITBART.COM:
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Once Again Ties Subsidies to State-Based Exchanges
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Editor's Note: An Apology To Our Readers  —  What we're doing about an episode of plagiarism.  —  Starting this Wednesday, Twitter users began pointing out instances in which a BuzzFeed writer, Benny Johnson, had lifted phrases and sentences from other websites.
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
Palestinians say they were waiting to evacuate when UN shelter was hit  —  It was supposed to be a place of refuge from a devastating war.  —  Hundreds of people were crammed into a United Nations-run elementary school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday when the converted shelter was hit by a series of explosions.
Discussion: CBS News, The BRAD BLOG, AOL and Firedoglake
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:   Israel Can Win  —  Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded …
Michael Oren / Washington Post:
Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas
Discussion: Reuters
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Obama's immigration flip flop  —  President Barack Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale.  —  Forget everything he's said.  —  Obama's pledge to use his executive powers by the end …
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Blue Crush  —  How the left took over the Democratic Party.
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 25, 2014
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico
Matthew Lee / ABC News:
US Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes  —  The State Department has shuttered the U.S. embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias.  —  The department said in a statement …
Associated Press:
Reports: ‘Extremely short’ cease-fire in Gaza … GAZA CITY - Britain's U.N. ambassador says there may be “an extremely short” humanitarian pause in the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas on Saturday lasting several hours.  —  Mark Lyall Grant told reporters Friday that Britain …
Israel cabinet rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza
Discussion: Israpundit and The Gateway Pundit
Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated) (Video)  —  Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.
The Raw Story:
NASA: Solar storm in 2012 nearly ‘knocked modern civilization back to the 18th century’  —  Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said.
Joan Rivers — GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant  —  GOES OFF ON EPIC  —  Israel/Palestine Rant  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Joan Rivers jettisoned comedy for politics ... unleashing an impassioned defense of Israel that included an awesome New York/New Jersey analogy.
ABC News:
Inside the Furious, Close-Range Gun Battle at Pennsylvania Hospital … A doctor with a semi-automatic gun and a caseworker who was “nothing short of heroic” were able to wound and then subdue an armed psychiatric patient after he had killed another caseworker and appeared intent of reloading …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Lawrence A. Franklin / Gatestone Institute:
Hamas Mega-Attack Planned through Gaza Terror Tunnels … Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today by the Israeli daily Maariv.
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Internet Isn't Ready For Hillary
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
Guatemalan president: Central America needs at least $2 billion ‘to attack the root of the problem’
Discussion: Guardian
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Wants Repeal of Iraq War Authorization
Discussion: Hot Air
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel lawyer: legal challenge ‘slightly delayed’
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Could Arizona fiasco lead to firing squads for death penalty?
Discussion: Instapundit