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11:15 PM ET, August 1, 2014


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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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Votes To Spurn Obama, Deport Dreamers Before Leaving Town  —  In a vote likely to exacerbate their party's demographic problems, House Republicans passed legislation on Friday night to effectively require the deportation of everyone in the U.S. illegally, including young people brought …
Discussion: The Hill and The Moderate Voice
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
An upending of reason in the House
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Krauthammer: GOP ‘ridiculous’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   House GOP's New Plan: Rebuke Obama With Border Bill Then Leave Town
Washington Post:
House passes Republican measure in response to surge of child migrants
Discussion: The Hill
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 and Booman Tribune
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’  —  President Barack Obama on Friday defended CIA Director John Brennan and acknowledged the agency tortured prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.  —  “I have full confidence in John Brennan,” Obama said at a White House news conference.
Discussion: The Hill
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Key Republican defends CIA head
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 …
New York Times:
Gaza Fighting Intensifies As Cease-Fire Falls Apart
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 …
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Dozens Of Democrats Line Up On House Floor To Stand Up For Children At The Border  —  House Democrats take turn marching to House floor to ask for bipartisan immigration reform.  —  CREDIT: Screengrab  —  “I stand with those children at the border and I stand for due process,” Rep. Al Green …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pete Kasperowicz /
Dem says GOP wants to send immigrant children ‘to their death’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:   Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
Joan Biskupic / Reuters:
U.S. Justice Ginsburg hits back at liberals who want her to retire  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a message for liberals who have been saying the 81-year-old should step down while Democratic President Barack Obama is in office so he can appoint her successor …
Dr Margaret Chan /
WHO Director-General assesses the Ebola outbreak with three West African presidents  —  Director-General of the World Health Organization  —  Excellencies, honourable ministers, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen,  —  West Africa is facing its first outbreak of Ebola virus disease.
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. …
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Last Refuge of a Scoundrel  —  Obama's ‘economic patriotism.’
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Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act Struck Down By Constitutional Court
White Blog:
Answering the Public's Call
Discussion: The Verge and The Hill
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Fla. judge: Redraw congressional map now
Discussion: CNN
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Halbig Shows How Leftist Wonks Just Aren't Very Good At Their Jobs