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4:45 PM ET, August 1, 2014


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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 …
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.
Washington Post:
House GOP moves closer to deal on immigration bill ahead of recess
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
House Republicans are the gang who can't shoot straight. Again.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Dangerous Moment in Gaza  —  It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground …
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Jerusalem Post
Dan Froomkin / The Intercept:
It's About the Lying  —  John Brennan at the Council on Foreign Relations on March 11, 2014.  Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  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 …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Key Republican defends CIA head
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 …
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Off the Radar, Obamacare Festers Away
Discussion: VodkaPundit and American Thinker
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
Suddenly, Obamacare is more unpopular than ever
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
BOOM: The Historic Proof Obamacare Foes Are Dead Wrong On Subsidies  —  The story of whether Congress ever intended to limit Obamacare subsidies to state-based exchanges begins and ends with the Congressional Budget Office.  And what it reveals about the latest legal threat …
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.
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
IDF soldier feared kidnapped  —  Second Lt. Hadar Goldin named as captured officer; terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated near soldiers prior to the suspected kidnapping.  —  A Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Knowledge Isn't Power  —  One of the best insults I've ever read came from Ezra Klein, who now is editor in chief of  In 2007, he described Dick Armey, the former House majority leader, as “a stupid person's idea of what a thoughtful person sounds like.”
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Fla. judge: Redraw congressional map now  —  A Florida judge has asked the state legislature to redraw the state's congressional map by Aug. 15, holding out the possibility that Florida could postpone some or all of its House elections until after the scheduled general election on Nov. 4.
Discussion: CNN
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.
John Solomon / Washington Times:
Ben Carson takes major step toward presidential campaign  —  Former neurosurgeon launches PAC, names national chairman  —  Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative sensation, is taking a major step toward a 2016 presidential bid by forming a political action committee …
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Washington Post
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 …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Free Gaza  —  Three.  That is the number of times Israel has fought Hamas since 2007, when the terror group seized control of the Gaza Strip.  There was Operation Cast Lead in 2008, Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, and now Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
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
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
Fox News:
Lois Lerner ripping ‘crazies’ on right: Why some media folks don't care
Elliot Bentley / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Testing Easier-To-Use Hashtags
Discussion: Mashable and Engadget
Thomas Rose / BREITBART.COM:
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Holder Cautions Against Use of Data in Sentencing
Discussion: Politico
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
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Halbig Shows How Leftist Wonks Just Aren't Very Good At Their Jobs
Sydney Lupkin / ABC News:
Ebola-Stricken Doc Gives ‘Experimental Serum’ to Coworker
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
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