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6:35 PM ET, August 1, 2014


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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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: ‘We Tortured Some Folks’  —  President Obama eschewed the opaque language of his predecessor on Friday and acknowledged that the United States engaged in “torture” after 9/11.  —  Obama made the comment while discussing CIA Director John Brennan, who was forced to apologize to members …
Discussion: Mashable
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’
Discussion: The Hill
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Key Republican defends CIA head
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Techdirt
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 …
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 …
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
Plain Dealer:
Call about suspicious car led Westlake police to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and an unidentified woman in 2012, records show  —  The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland identifies the woman in this photo as Joanne Grehan, who was found by Westlake Police in a parked car …
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 …
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.
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:
Obama vows to ‘act alone’ to address border issue
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Roll Call:
GOP Leaders Pitch Revised Border Package, Hope to Vote Today (Updated)  —  House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Friday morning with a revised plan to address the child migrant border crisis — one leaders hope to pass later today.  —  The latest plan will still require …
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.”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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 …
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.
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate For Governor Films Video Pretending To Be Homeless For A Week  —  California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said Thursday he spent a week pretending to be homeless and he made a video to prove it.  —  The video featured Kashkari traveling to Fresno, Calif. …
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 …
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Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act Struck Down By Constitutional Court
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Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Fla. judge: Redraw congressional map now
Discussion: CNN
Fox News:
Lois Lerner ripping ‘crazies’ on right: Why some media folks don't care
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Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
California Is Now Experiencing Its Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded
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
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Eric Cantor quitting Congress Aug. 18
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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