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7:30 PM ET, July 31, 2014


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House GOP in disarray: A fight over the border bill  —  House Republicans are poised to delay their August recess by one day, as they frantically scramble to pass a border security bill.  —  After a chaotic afternoon, which saw the GOP leadership suddenly pull their legislation from the House floor …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Note to the House GOP: Kill the Bill  —  The House Republican leadership is having trouble getting 218 votes for its immigration bill.  The policy objections to the bill seem convincing to me—among them that it seems to appropriate more money, on a pro-rated monthly basis …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Abandons Border Crisis Bill Amid Conservative Opposition  —  House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their border supplemental legislation prior to a scheduled vote on Thursday, a sign that they lacked the votes to pass it.  That means members would go home for recess without acting …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House cancels border vote  —  House GOP leaders canceled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama.  —  A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House GOP delays recess  —  House Republicans plan to delay their August recess to stay in Washington until they have enough votes to pass a bill responding to the border crisis.  —  GOP leaders pulled legislation from the schedule Thursday after it became clear the votes weren't there to pass a $659 million supplemental funding bill.
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Rep. Chris Van Hollen: ‘Speaker Cruz’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
House GOP pulls border bill rather than see it defeated
Discussion: BREITBART.COM, Hot Air and The Hill
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Blow to House G.O.P. Leadership as Border Bill Falters
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CIA improperly accessed Senate computers, agency finds  —  WASHINGTON — CIA employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency's now defunct detention and interrogation program, an internal CIA investigation has determined.
Associated Press:
STATE DEPT: ‘NO AMERICAN IS PROUD’ OF CIA TACTICS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate committee's computers
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Scarborough explains Israel remarks  —  Joe Scarborough says he was a bit surprised by the intensity of the response to his criticism of Israel on Thursday morning, but is still an “unambiguously strong” supporter of the Jewish state.  —  “I remain as unambiguously strong a supporter of Israel …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Joe Scarborough turns on Israel
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton's alleged talk of bin Laden — on 9/10/01  —  The day before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former President Bill Clinton purportedly spoke frankly about having passed on a chance to kill Osama bin Laden, according to a recording offered up by a former Australian lawmaker.
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, Fox News, CBS DC and The PJ Tatler
Alex Seitz-Wald /
Bill Clinton on Sept. 10, 2001: ‘I could have killed’ Bin Laden  —  Ten hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, Bill Clinton allegedly told a group of businessmen in Australia that he had a chance to kill Osama Bin Laden …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
None Dare Call It Impeachment  —  Let's talk about something cheerful.  How about impeachment?  —  Hey, it's been a depressing month for news.  If you want to look on the bright side, you've got to work with what you've got.  —  The possibility of actual impeachment is not something that keeps Barack Obama up at night.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe Klein / TIME:
Begging for Impeachment  —  To improve its standing with voters …
Valerie Richardson / Fox News:
Climate Doesn't Cooperate With Al Gore's Group's Visit to Denver EPA Hearings  —  DENVER — The Climate Reality Project brought its “I'm Too Hot” trucks and offers of free ice cream to this week's Environmental Protection Agency hearings on power-plant emissions, but the climate wasn't cooperating.
Monica Lewinsky / Vanity Fair:
The Online Rebuttal Is the New Black  —  Lately I have found myself in a summer blanket on my old red sofa “power watching” Orange Is the New Black.  While no one I know well has ever been to prison, the show's story lines are so riveting and the characters so emotionally nuanced …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Monica Lewinsky now a Vanity Fair contributor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Exclusive: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Hobby Lobby Dissent Yahoo News with Katie Couric 17 hrs ago  —  Katie Couric  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, fresh off a bruising loss in the Hobby Lobby birth control case last month, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview …
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
No More Mr. Tough Guy  —  Barack Obama is not a tough guy.  Everybody rolls him.  He's a wimp, a weak sister; he won't stand up for himself or his country.  Vladimir Putin, a true tough guy, blows planes out of the air, won't apologize, walks around half-naked.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Dish
Stephen Gillers / The Nation:
Andrew Cuomo's Watergate?  —  US attorney Preet Bharara has warned the governor that he could be investigated for obstruction of justice.  —  Editor's Note: This story is reposted from  —  The New York Times reports today that US Attorney Preet Bharara has warned Cuomo about obstruction of justice.
Discussion: New York Times
Robin Marty /
In an Alarming Move, Activists Are Trying to Shut Down a Clinic Over Birth Control  —  A new Planned Parenthood affiliate in Minnesota doesn't even provide abortions, but that hasn't stopped protesters from trying to get rid of it.  —  It started with a Facebook page and an online petition.
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