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2:45 AM ET, August 1, 2014


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House GOP in disarray: Border fight delays recess  —  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 …
New York Times:
Rebellion Inside G.O.P. Scuttles Vote on Border Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Conservatives in the House rebelled against their leadership on Thursday to scuttle an emergency spending measure that addressed the migrant crisis at the southern border, pushing the issue to a showdown on Friday …
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 …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate sends highway bill to Obama  —  After the House rejected Senate changes, senators held their noses Thursday and voted 81-13 for a $10.9 billion bill to fund highway projects through May 2015.  —  Earlier in the week, the Senate voted to amend the House-passed Highway Trust Fund bill …
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.
Washington Post:
House GOP leaders spike border bill rather than see it defeated
Discussion: Hot Air
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Rep. Chris Van Hollen: ‘Speaker Cruz’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
Joe Klein / TIME:
Begging for Impeachment  —  To improve its standing with voters …
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.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate committee's computers
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: Mediaite, Fox News, CNN, The PJ Tatler and CBS DC
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
Associated Press:
US Prosecutor Warns Cuomo Over Corruption Probe  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced more questions about his handling of a special anti-corruption commission Thursday after Manhattan's federal prosecutor threatened to investigate his office for possible witness tampering and obstruction …
Discussion: Politico
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Ginsburg: High Court Won't ‘Duck’ Gay Marriage  —  The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.  —  The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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.
Fox News:
Gaza crisis: 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire begins  —  A three-day cease-fire on the Gaza Strip began Friday after Israel and Hamas agreed Thursday to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the conflict.  —  The cease-fire took effect at 8 am local time and is expected …
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Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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Discussion: Hit & Run
Pew Research Center:
Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws
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 Earlier Items: 
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Spent Thousands On Strippers, Boxing Tickets In Failed Sting On Border Patrol Agent
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Meet Carolina, Who Brought Her Daughters 1,500 Miles To The U.S. So They Wouldn't Be Raped
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
No More Mr. Tough Guy  —  Barack Obama is not a tough guy.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Dish
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Immigration is now President Obama's worst issue