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1:00 PM ET, July 26, 2014


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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)
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.
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 …
Matthew Lee / ABC News:   US Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes
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
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
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 …
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
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   U.S. Congressman Mistakes U.S. Gov't Officials For Indian Officials (VIDEO)
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alex Altman / TIME:
Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move  —  The President may be preparing to provide temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants  —  When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Internet Isn't Ready For Hillary  —  Nothing doing here.  Except in the fever swamps.  —  The sort of Hillary Clinton story that goes viral.  —  Via  —  The other night, Hillary Clinton took questions from Twitter users, live on YouTube.
Discussion: Althouse
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Guatemalan president: Central America needs at least $2 billion ‘to attack the root of the problem’
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Wants Repeal of Iraq War Authorization
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ABC News:
Inside the Furious, Close-Range Gun Battle at Pennsylvania Hospital
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