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3:30 PM ET, July 28, 2014


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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?  —  Six reasons why Israel is on the back foot even as it wins the battle against rockets and tunnels  —  Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza …
David Grossman / New York Times:
Stop the Grindstone of Israeli-Palestinian Violence
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin's Low-Budget TV Channel Is Pricier Than Netflix  —  Sarah Palin is returning to her roots in low-budget television-but this time, she's on the web, the focus is American politics, and she owns the network.  The Sarah Palin Channel launched Sunday, asking prospective viewers …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin launches online channel as she rips ‘media filters’
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Michelle Nunn's Campaign Plan  —  Democrats intensely recruited Nunn, and the seat, which is being vacated by Republican senator Saxby Chambliss, is widely considered their best pickup opportunity in the Senate of this election cycle.  Though Nunn announced her candidacy last July …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Michelle Nunn's Campaign Plan  —  Michelle Nunn can come across as a “lightweight,” “too liberal,” not a “real Georgian.”  While she served as CEO for the Points of Light Foundation, the organization gave service awards to “inmates” and “terrorists.”  And her Senate campaign must feature images …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Sites Get Duped By Satire About Bachmann ‘Americanization’ Camps  —  Several news outlets and liberal blogs were fooled this weekend by a faux-news item that claimed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had advocated “Americanization” camps for undocumented migrant children.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban  —  “[I]nertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.”  —  WASHINGTON — The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held Monday that Virginia's ban on same-sex couples' marriages is unconstitutional.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gawker
Bill Curry / Salon:
My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats  —  A former Clinton aide on how Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash, and new populism the party needs  —  1.  —  In 2006 the Atlantic magazine asked a panel of “eminent historians” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Roger Ailes and RedState
Gov. Ted Strickland / Politico:
I Tried to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week  —  Thankfully, I did this by myself.  For millions of Americans, a minimum wage salary has to cover an entire family.  Right now, in America, a minimum wage worker is spending her workday worrying about a decision she is going to have to make when she finally makes it home.
Discussion: OnPolitics
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop  —  Impeachment is the final fantasy for obsessive hyper-partisans.  But some Democrats are exploiting the craziness as a fundraising call to arms.  —  Silly season has started - and both parties are trying to fundraise off the fringe.
The Hill:
The Hill names Bob Cusack Editor in Chief  —  The Hill, publication of record for policy influencers inside and outside Washington, today announced that Bob Cusack has been named Editor in Chief.  —  Cusack has led the day-to-day management of The Hill as Managing Editor since 2004.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
NYT: Chamber Of Commerce Will Support Dem Mary Landrieu  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reportedly throwing support behind Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), according to the group's national political director, Rob Engstrom.  —  Engstrom told the audience at a Committee of 100 meeting …
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
The new land of opportunity for immigrants is Germany  —  BERLIN — An unemployed architect back in Barcelona, Jordi Colombi weighed his options and decided to start a new life.  Armed with two suitcases and a Spanish-omelet recipe to feed his homesickness, he arrived two months ago in the land of opportunity.
Washington Post:
D.C. police won't enforce handgun ban; stay of ruling overturning law will be sought  —  D.C. police were told Sunday not to arrest people for carrying handguns on the street in the wake of a judge's ruling that overturned the city's principal gun-control law.
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Lauren French / Politico:
VA bill to be unveiled
Discussion: NewsBusters
Associated Press:
Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Exclusive: NRCC Chairman Predicts Wave Election for Republicans
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
For Chris Christie, New Jersey pension battle presents a test for 2016
Will Freeman / ThinkProgress:
How Missing American Guns Might Be Fueling Terrorists In Afghanistan
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Eschaton
John Boehner / USA Today:
We're defending the Constitution  —  Every president issues executive orders.
Yahoo! News:
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
A Stronger Bill to Limit Surveillance
Ron Howell / NY Daily News:
Finding our fathers  —  Bringing dads back to their sons …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Republican Move to Sue Obama
Discussion: Washington Post
Jerusalem Post:
‘Freedom Flotilla II’ set to sail for Gaza from Turkey
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tax Avoidance du Jour: Inversion
Adam Ozimek / Forbes:
Where Is The Monopsony Power?  —  You hear it claimed relatively …