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7:31 PM ET, July 29, 2014

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP internal debate: Is party repeating mistakes of 1998?  —  BARACK OBAMA BILL CLINTON JOHN BOEHNER 2014 ELECTIONS  —  For anyone who was around, it's hard to compare 1998 — the year of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Starr Report, and Bill Clinton's impeachment — with any other year.
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Politico:
Politicking off impeachment chatter  —  Something very strange is happening on Capitol Hill.  Democrats can't talk enough about impeaching a president of their own party.  And Republicans keep saying that there isn't a chance they'll give it a try.  —  With just three days left until Congress recesses …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Boehner: Impeachment a Dem ‘scam’
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
DCCC chairman: GOP impeachment talk ‘moving our base’
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown  —  The secretary of state has been furiously working on a Mideast ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow Monday when Israel rejected his latest peacemaking plan.  —  On Monday, Secretary of State Kerry took to the podium at the State Department …
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Associated Press:
LAWMAKERS TRY TO SEAL $225M AID PACKAGE FOR ISRAEL  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.
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Politico:
Dems warn GOP on border bill  —  If House Republicans pass a pared-down funding bill for the border crisis, Senate Democrats are warning they may try to attach the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform bill to the package.  —  The complicated calculus reflects the fact …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear  —  NEAR THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — The curved concrete top of the tunnel grazes the dark-brown buzz cut of Lt. Col. Oshik Azulai, putting it 5 feet and 7 inches above the sand floor.  The walls are about 30 inches apart …
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Susan Walsh / Associated Press:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Law, Saves Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional.  —  The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court …
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Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Mississippi's last abortion clinic to stay open — for now
Discussion: NewsBusters
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why I Have Become Less Pro-Israel  —  A bad run for liberal Zionism.  —  A half-dozen years ago, I attended the first conference of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel organization, to debate the meaning of the term pro-Israel itself.  Pitted against Matthew Yglesias, I maintained that …
Dave Gilson / Mother Jones:
“You damned Polack, you step one foot out of that door and I'll kill you,” Dowlut said the cop growled as he patted his gun. … The Webley Mark VI revolver that police said Dowlut dug up in the South Bend City Cemetery Indiana Supreme Court … Dowlut was already known to police …
clickorlando.com:
George Zimmerman ‘patrolling’ Central Florida shop after gun theft  —  Owner of Pompano Pat's in DeLand says Zimmerman not working for him  —  DeLAND, Fla. -  —  Although he's not a hired security officer, George Zimmerman has been “patrolling” outside a Volusia County gun shop …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
A NYT Lede That Duplicates Wikipedia  —  Exhibit A is the fourth paragraph from the biography section of Wikipedia's entry for Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo (all underlining is ours):  —  During his lifetime, Cosimo acquired a reputation for eccentricity …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Downscale  —  I recently had a conversation with an intensely conservative businessman whose first foray into politics was fighting for a tax hike on his business and others like it.  The little town where he lived as a young man had no paved roads, waterworks, or sewage facilities …
Candice Choi / ABC News:
McDonald's: Regulator Says It's a ‘Joint Employer’  —  McDonald's says it has been notified by a labor regulator that it can be named a “joint employer” for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants.  —  The decision by the National Labor Relations Board was being closely watched …
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Ransoming Citizens, Europe Becomes Al Qaeda's Patron  —  BAMAKO, Mali — The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros.  —  The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Senate documents and interviews undercut ‘bombshell’ lawsuit against Obamacare  —  The most serious current legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act turns on the argument that the law did not actually make subsidies available to those obtaining coverage on the federal exchange.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Colorado Supreme Court Orders Boulder Clerk To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses  —  A total of 202 marriage licenses had been granted to same-sex couples.  —  WASHINGTON — After Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall had been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for more than a month …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Simon Maloy / Salon:
No Labels, no respect: The bipartisan “solutions” group embodies the worst of D.C.  —  No Labels is raising money largely for itself, and its attempts to break gridlock are silly and self-defeating  —  No Labels was once the embodiment of a dream.  It was the dream of a bunch of wealthy …
Michael Lind / Salon:
Break up the states!  The case for the United Statelets of America  —  Here's how Wyoming, Vermont and North Dakota are exercising tyranny over the rest of us — and how to stop them  —  A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Jesse Ventura Wins Defamation Case
Discussion: The Daily Caller and “The Lid”
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
We need Ex-Im in real world
Discussion: National Review
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth Attacks Todd Tiahrt After Giving Him 100% Score in 2010
Discussion: Roll Call and Talking Points Memo
The Urban Institute:
Delinquent Debt in America
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Keith Ellison / Washington Post:
End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace
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James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Rand Paul planning 2015 book. Mean anything?
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Crist And Scott Could Make History by Being So Unpopular in Florida
Anna Mulrine / Christian Science Monitor:
US is no safer after 13 years of war, a top Pentagon official says