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2:30 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.
Fox News:
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows Israel will do ‘whatever is necessary’ in fight with Hamas  —  Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City.  A humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Sunday after a barrage of rockets fired by Palestinian militants was met …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Poll: 86.5% of Israelis oppose cease-fire  —  Survey says that should Netanyahu choose to end Gaza operation at this time, he would be confronting the overwhelming majority of the nation.  —  Public opinion in Israel is solidly against ending Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip according to a poll released Sunday.
Discussion: and Israel Matzav
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Netanyahu says Hamas violating its own cease-fire
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NSA: Less need now for Snowden deal  —  A top National Security Agency offficial says there's less need now for the U.S. Government to cut a deal with leaker Edward Snowden than there was after his wave of surveillance disclosures began more than a year ago.
Discussion: The Hill
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
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rhodes: New sanctions on Russia likely this week  —  Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Sunday increased U.S. and European sanctions against Russia will likely come later this week.  —  “We still think that the best thing the United States can do is send a message …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Republicans' Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent, Data Show  —  Other and undecided responses are not shown.  Both Senate seats in South Carolina and Oklahoma are up for election in 2014.  —  Source: YouGov (CBS/New York Times 2014 Election Panel, conducted July 5 to 24, 2014)
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
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 …
Ali Weinberg / ABC News:
‘Freewheeling Militia Violence’ Forced US to Evacuate Embassy in Libya, Kerry Says … The U.S. State Department was forced to suspend operations at its embassy in Libya because of “freewheeling militia violence” there, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.
Discussion: Associated Press, Mediaite and CNN
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Top House Republican Won't Rule Out Obama Impeachment (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Poor Don't Need a Life Coach
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and National Review
Sebastian Payne / Washington Post:
Obama extends long-term trend of fundraising presidents
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Taliban Making Military Gains in Afghanistan
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