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2:55 PM ET, August 1, 2014


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is a rising Republican power in House, as well as a whip  —  The beginning of the collapse of House Speaker John A. Boehner's border bill came Wednesday evening, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gathered more than a dozen House Republicans at his office in the Dirksen building on Capitol Hill.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Krauthammer: GOP ‘ridiculous’  —  Charles Krauthammer is slamming the GOP for what he called a “ridiculous” contradiction after tabling legislation to tackle the border crisis within 24 hours after moving forward with a lawsuit against the president.  —  “It is ridiculous to sue the president …
Washington Post:
House GOP moves closer to deal on immigration bill ahead of recess
Discussion: The Hill and Capitol Report
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
House Republicans are the gang who can't shoot straight. Again.
New York Times:
Gaza Cease-Fire Collapses; Israeli Soldier Is Captured  —  JERUSALEM — A newly agreed cease-fire in the Gaza conflict collapsed hours after it came into effect on Friday with the Israeli military announcing that a soldier appeared to have been captured by Palestinian militants who emerged …
LIVE UPDATES: IDF soldier feared taken captive in Gaza; U.S., UN chief condemn Hamas  —  Israel releases names to two soldiers killed Friday morning; heavy fighting in southern Gaza; mortars fire continues; Livni: Hamas will pay a heavy price.  —  Indications suggest an Israeli soldier …
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: July 2014  —  Liz Hamel and Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Unfavorable Views Of ACA Increase In July  —  After remaining steady for several months, the share of the public expressing an unfavorable view of the health care law rose to 53 percent in July …
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
Suddenly, Obamacare is more unpopular than ever
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Off the Radar, Obamacare Festers Away
Discussion: VodkaPundit and American Thinker
Dan Froomkin / The Intercept:
It's About the Lying  —  John Brennan at the Council on Foreign Relations on March 11.  2014. Photo Credit: Council on Foreign Relations  —  I don't want to understate how seriously wrong it is that the CIA searched Senate computers.  Our constitutional order is seriously out of whack …
New York Times:
The C.I.A.'s Reckless Breach of Trust  —  In March, John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, was indignant when Senator Dianne Feinstein charged that the agency had broken into computers used by staff investigators from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she leads.
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2014  —  Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.  Job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade, and construction.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
For Jobs, 2014 Has Been the Best Year of the Recovery—By Far
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. job growth cools, unemployment rate rises to 6.2 percent
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Vice President Biden loves to skinny dip, says tell-all book  —  Naked from head to Joe?  In ‘The First Family Detail,’ author Robert Kessler quotes unnamed Secret Service agents dishing about the private lives of Presidents and those they protect.  —  It's the Joe Biden you didn't know — and might not want to see.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On David Frum, The New York Times, and the Non-Faked ‘Fake’ Gaza Photos  —  What they reveal about the three words that are journalists' only source of self-respect  —  1. A colleague at The Atlantic made a major journalistic error this week.  As he has himself admitted, in the first half of a post on our site.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate blocks aid to Israel  —  In the end, the Senate couldn't even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States' closest allies.  —  A last-ditch effort to deliver aid to Israel during its war with Hamas died on the Senate floor, as Republicans blocked the proposal over concerns that it would increase the debt.
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
California Is Now Experiencing Its Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded  —  Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif.  —  California's drought has reached levels so high and widespread that it's now the most severe drought ever recorded by the federal government …
Sydney Lupkin / ABC News:
Ebola-Stricken Doc Gives ‘Experimental Serum’ to Coworker … An American doctor being treated for Ebola in Liberia has “taken a slight turn for the worse overnight,” according to Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian Charity based in North Carolina.  —  An “experimental serum” …
David Nather / Politico:
The secret George W. Bush book project  —  George W. Bush worked on the book in secret for two years, without a book deal, without dribbling a word out to Bush alums or other Republicans who would have leaked it in a second.  As far as the outside world knew, he was just spending all of that time working on his paintings.
Fox News:
Lois Lerner ripping ‘crazies’ on right: Why some media folks don't care  —  May 22, 2013: Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.AP  —  The new batch of Lois Lerner emails may or may not be a smoking gun.  But they're something of a Rorschach test for the media.
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Wall Street Journal:
Technical Glitch Clogs Up U.S. Visa System
Elliot Bentley / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Testing Easier-To-Use Hashtags
Discussion: Mashable and Engadget
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Holder Cautions Against Use of Data in Sentencing
Discussion: Politico
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why is the West so afraid of Islam?
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Don Young sorry for grabbing aide's arm
Discussion: Mediaite, OnPolitics and Roll Call
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Eric Cantor quitting Congress Aug. 18
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Halbig Shows How Leftist Wonks Just Aren't Very Good At Their Jobs
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
Don't Let Republicans Erase Vaginas From Women's Health
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Clueless in Gaza  —  alestinian Hamas supporters shout slogans …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
KKK Proposes ‘Shoot to Kill’ to Deal with Undocumented Children
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Ginsburg: High Court Won't ‘Duck’ Gay Marriage
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate sends highway bill to Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune