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3:15 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.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Did Jonathan Gruber Just Endorse the Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit?  —  Obamacare architect offers an explanation for his 2012 quote  —  Did the people who designed Obamacare intend to deprive millions of people of health insurance, just because officials in their states decided not to operate their own insurance marketplaces?
John Sexton / BREITBART.COM:
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Once Again Ties Subsidies to State-Based Exchanges  —  Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice?  A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges.
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 25, 2014  — n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle  —  ISRAEL REJECTS PROPOSED CEASE-FIRE ... Israel's security cabinet unanimously rejected a proposed one-week humanitarian cease-fire with Hamas.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Blue Crush  —  How the left took over the Democratic Party.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration
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  —  Diplomatic-security cabinet “flatly rejects” American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a cease-fire …
Discussion: Israpundit and The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Israel Can Win  —  Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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.
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.
Joe Miller / BBC:
Wikipedia blocks ‘disruptive’ page edits from US Congress  —  Computers on Capitol Hill have been banned from making edits to Wikipedia in the past  —  Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”.
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.
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
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's ‘America’ Be Shown in Schools  —  Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said he'll propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object.
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Washington Post:
Guatemalan president: Central America needs at least $2 billion ‘to attack the root of the problem’
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Michael Oren / Washington Post:
Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas
Discussion: Reuters
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’
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Could Arizona fiasco lead to firing squads for death penalty?
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
Housing Dispute Puts Quaker University at Front of Fight Over Transgender Issues
 Earlier Items: 
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Is Paternalistic
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus  —  The supposedly independent agency harassed …
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
John Fund / National Review:
The Moment of Truth on Corporate Welfare
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Left Coast Rising
Discussion: Washington Monthly