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12:35 PM ET, July 30, 2014


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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: No to Obama lawsuit  —  A Republican congressman opposes legislation that would authorize a lawsuit against President Obama for his executive actions.  —  Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) told The Hill that the lawsuit, spearheaded by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), is “theater, is a show.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Boehner rules out impeachment, but Democrats cash in on the threat  —  Republicans hoped that by filing a lawsuit against President Obama — a move that is expected to win House endorsement Wednesday — they would mobilize conservatives eager for a confrontation with the White House.
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Surprise Senate highway vote near deadline
Sofia Resnick / RH Reality Check:
Hobby Lobby Allegedly Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy  —  When a very pregnant Felicia Allen applied for medical leave from her job at Hobby Lobby three years ago, one might think that the company best known for denying its employees insurance coverage of certain contraceptives …
David Wasserman / Washington Post:
The most frightening candidate I've met in seven years interviewing congressional hopefuls  —  As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I've personally interviewed over 300 congressional candidates over the course of seven years, both to get to know them and evaluate their chances of winning.
Discussion: Business Insider
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades  —  Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Booman Tribune
Evan Thomas / The Atlantic Online:
The Untapped Secrets of the Nixon Tapes  —  Forty years after Watergate, it's easy to imagine we know all there is to know about Tricky Dick.  Two new books show how wrong that is.  —  Richard Nixon taped roughly 3,700 hours of his conversations as president.
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
THIRD ROCKET ARSENAL FOUND AT UN SCHOOL IN GAZA  —  The United Nations Relief & Works Agency For Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Tuesday that another rocket stockpile has been found at one of its schools in Gaza.  This instance marks the third time since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Will Speaker move bill on the pope?  —  A popular piece of legislation that seeks to honor Pope Francis is stuck in Congress.  —  With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Discussion: The Raw Story
Lexington Herald-Leader:
NATIONAL VIDEOS  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes kicked off a bus tour to this weekend's annual Fancy Farm picnic by opening her Fayette County headquarters with a few hundred cheering supporters.  —  A day after the Bluegrass Poll showed U.S. Senate Minority …
Discussion: RedState and National Review
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ex-First Couple's Defense in Virginia: The State of Their Union  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, on trial for conspiring to use his office for personal enrichment, outlined an unexpected defense on Tuesday: Their marriage was so broken …
Los Angeles Times:
DWP defends response to UCLA flood, says crews had to find valve  —  A top Los Angeles utility official faced tough questions Tuesday night about the response to a massive pipe break that flooded UCLA and surrounding areas with millions of gallons of water and threatened the near-term use of Pauley Pavilion.
Wichita Eagle:
3-year-old boy dies after apparent accidental shooting (VIDEO)  —  A 3-year-old boy has died after what apparently was an accidental shooting in a home in the 500 block of East Lincoln on Tuesday afternoon, Wichita police said.  —  Police said they believe the mother and her boyfriend …
Emily Orley / BuzzFeed:
Paramount Deletes Controversial 9/11 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Poster  —  Intentional or unintentional, the Australian poster juxtaposes an exploding building and a Sept. 11 release date.  UPDATE: Paramount Pictures Australia has issued an apology to BuzzFeed.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Where are California's Uninsured Now?  Wave 2 of the Kaiser Family Foundation California Longitudinal Panel Survey  —  Bianca DiJulio and Jamie Firth and Larry Levitt and Gary Claxton and Rachel Garfield and Mollyann Brodie  —  Last summer, just before the first open enrollment period under …
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Overtakes MSNBC in July as Ratings Take a Hit  —  Fox News Channel is the only cable news net to see growth from 2013 as big news from the Gaza Strip and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 drive the end of the month — and MSNBC falls to fourth place behind HLN.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Ruling Says McDonald's Is Liable for Workers  —  The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that McDonald's could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators — a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices …
Dionne Searcey / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 4% Rate in Second Quarter, Beating Expectations  —  The United States economy rebounded in the spring after a dismal winter, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday, growing at an annual rate of 4 percent for the three months from April through June.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters:
Stunner on The View: You Want to Protect Yourself Ladies?  ‘Get a Gun in Your Home!’  —  Something really remarkable happened on Tuesday's edition of The View.  Three out of the four panelists actually came out strongly in favor of a woman's right to protect herself and her children with a gun!
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Zionism and Israel's War with Hamas in Gaza  —  My great-grandfather's brother, Michael Adler, was a distinguished rabbi who in 1916 compiled the “Prayer Book for Jewish Sailors and Soldiers” at the front during World War I. As “chaplain,” he toured battlefields administering last rites.
New York Times:
Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia's Ability to Tap Its Oil Reserves  —  WASHINGTON — The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia's long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin's premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in Ukraine.
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Damon Linker / The Week:
What religious traditionalists can teach us about sex
Discussion: The Dish and RedState
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
What Debate? Economists Agree the Stimulus Lifted the Economy
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion and EconLog
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
Why Being a Part-Time Worker Is Miserable
Discussion: alicublog
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Emails Show Cozy Government-Insurer Alliance, Expectation of Bailout
Discussion: National Review
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Is Washington in the midst of a post-shutdown baby boom?
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
This Is What Tech's Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like
Discussion: Guardian and Shakesville
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
What Is Chris Christie Doing in Iowa?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Shaw / BAGnewsNotes:
David Frum Accuses NYT and Reuters of Staging Gaza Hospital Photos (GRAPHIC)
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Colorado Supreme Court Orders Boulder Clerk To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Dems warn GOP on border bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill