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6:25 PM ET, July 26, 2014


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U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel  —  (CNN) — The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.  —  About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines were evacuated from the embassy …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
GOP blames Obama for Libya violence  —  The violence in Libya that caused U.S. embassy personnel to flee the country on Saturday is partly due to President Obama's inability to bring calm to the region, key Republican members of Congress said on Saturday.  —  According to House Intelligence …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Lee / ABC News:   US Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes
Anna Bernasek / New York Times:
The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less  —  Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention.  But it's not merely an issue of the rich getting richer.  The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.  —  The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hullabaloo
Katie Zavadski / New York Magazine:
It Turns Out Hamas Didn't Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All [Updated]  —  Instead, it was some guys acting as a rogue “lone cell.”  —  When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words.
Matt K Lewis / Telegraph:
Barack Obama has already checked out of his job  —  The degree to which Barack Obama is now phoning it in - sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term, amid golf rounds and dinner parties - is astonishing  —  President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems.
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.
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL WHITE HOUSE CONGRESS ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON PRESIDENT DARRELL ISSA TRANSPARENCY  —  Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia …
Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated) (Video)
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report  —  WASHINGTON — Just after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April to declassify hundreds of pages of a withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency's detention and interrogation program, C.I.A. Director John O. Brennan convened …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and emptywheel
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
After CIA gets secret whistleblower email, Congress worries about more spying  —  WASHINGTON — The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate's classified report on the agency's harsh interrogation program …
Discussion: Firedoglake and RT
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.
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 …
Benjy Sarlin /
Rand Paul makes pitch to civil rights groups  —  Speaking to a historic civil rights group, Sen. Rand Paul on Friday called for new sentencing reforms, expanded voting rights, school choice, and tax cuts for depressed cities.  —  “I say we take a stand and fight for justice now,” said the Republican senator from Kentucky.
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Wants Repeal of Iraq War Authorization
Discussion: Hot Air
ABC News:
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Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report