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1:10 PM ET, July 27, 2014


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New York Times:
Repeal Prohibition, Again  —  It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished.  It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Kerry's latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking?  —  Kerry isn't anti-Israeli; on the contrary, he's a true friend to Israel.  But his conduct in recent days over the Gaza cease-fire raises serious doubts over his judgment and perception of regional events.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Netanyahu says Hamas violating its own cease-fire  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Hamas is already violating its own cease-fire that it proposed Sunday morning.  —  “Hamas doesn't even accept it's own cease-fire.  It's continuing to fire at us as we speak,” he said Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union.”
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.
Walter Russell Mead:
As Libya Implodes, “Smart Diplomacy” Becoming a Punch Line  —  The reckless and thoughtless Libya intervention just keeps looking worse.  But don't read the critics to see how horrible things are: as the government announces that the U.S. has officially evacuated its embassy in Tripoli this morning …
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Taliban Making Military Gains in Afghanistan  —  MAHMUD RAQI, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
100 days to go  —  Red-state Democrats are hanging tough despite a toxic environment, but Republicans are hopeful about late-breaking opportunities in a pair of swing states.  —  The GOP needs to net six seats for Senate control and already have a trio of conservative open seats in the bag.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Everyone says turnout is key.  So why does it keep going down?  —  Tens of millions of dollars will be spent this year in an effort to boost turnout in the November elections.  But the longer-term trends suggest that any marginal increase in what is expected to be a low-turnout election …
Discussion: Althouse and Brookings Institute
Alangura / Reality-Based Litigation:
Victory in Palmer v. D.C.  —  Justice never sleeps.... not even on a Saturday afternoon, when this opinion was just handed down. … In 2012, I won Moore v. Madigan, 702 F.3d 933 (7th Cir. 2012), which struck down Illinois' total ban on the carrying of defensive handguns outside the home.
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.
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal  —  Exclusive: Hamas has paid North Korea for missiles and communications equipment in arms deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars  —  Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
CNN Poll: Romney tops Obama but loses to Clinton  —  Washington (CNN) - If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, GOP nominee Mitt Romney would top President Barack Obama in the popular vote, according to a new national survey.  —  But a CNN/ORC International poll …
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog
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