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11:15 AM ET, August 3, 2014


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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Why Americans See Israel the Way They Do  —  TO cross the Atlantic to America, as I did recently from London, is to move from one moral universe to its opposite in relation to Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza.  Fury over Palestinian civilian casualties has risen to a fever pitch in Europe …
KRAUTHAMMER: WORLD'S ANTI-SEMITIC REACTION TO GAZA ‘ORWELLIAN’  —  On Friday's “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer discussed his latest Washington Post column, which criticized the role Secretary of State John Kerry has played in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Obama's Impeachment Game  —  SOMETHING rather dangerous is happening in American politics right now, all the more so for being taken for granted by many of the people watching it unfold.  —  I do not mean the confusion of House Republicans, or the general gridlock in Congress …
Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell  —  (CNN) - Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates traded pithy barbs Saturday at a dual campaign stop in the midst of a race with national implications.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his opponent, Democrat Alison Grimes …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Poetic Paul rhymes at Grimes  —  For Saturday's Fancy Farm picnic in Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul wrote a rhyming poem mocking Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.  —  “There once was a woman from Kentucky, who thought in politics she'd be lucky,” Paul said.  —  “So she flew to L.A. for a Hollywood bash.
Discussion: Business Insider
Washington Post:
As Democrats avoid Obama, Romney is in demand on the midterm campaign trail  —  Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hitting the stump for Republicans this fall — which reminded us of some of his most memorable moments during the 2012 campaign.  Here's a look at some of Romney's gaffes and a few predictions he got right.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
The Coming Democratic Midterm Collapse
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Clinton praises Trib publisher's fight ‘for what he believed’  —  An improbable friendship brought former President Bill Clinton to a sunny hilltop in the Laurel Highlands on Saturday, where he paid tribute to the late Tribune-Review owner Richard Mellon Scaife.
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Michael B. Oren / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Zionism  —  The often reviled ideology that gave rise to Israel has been an astonishing historical success.  —  They come from every corner of the country—investment bankers, farmers, computer geeks, jazz drummers, botany professors, car mechanics—leaving their jobs and their families.
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon and Hot Air
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Sovereign Citizens Now Considered Top Terrorist Threat In United States  —  Forget Islamic extremists!  A consortium of law enforcement agencies ranks sovereign citizens as the highest national security threat.  —  A consortium of law enforcement intelligence agencies has ranked various terrorist threats …
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Tommy Witherspoon / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Hewitt police firearms instructor shoots himself in hand  —  The firearms instructor for the Hewitt Police Department is recovering from surgery after accidentally shooting himself in the left hand while teaching family members to shoot.  —  Sgt. Heath Vanek will miss at least two months …
Marc Caputo /
Billionaire climate-change supporter pledges to spend big to beat Florida Gov. Rick Scott  —  A billionaire Democratic political insurgent is spending millions on raising climate change as a central issue in Florida's governor's race.  —  The billionaire is ready to take out Florida's multi-millionaire governor.
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
IDF to complete destruction of Hamas tunnels by Sunday; Troops begin withdrawal  —  ANALYSIS: In two weeks, IDF destroyed tunnel network which took Hamas five years to build; Army discovers motorcycles in some tunnels, earmarked by Hamas for rapid raids into Israel.
New York Times:
Missing Soldier Killed in Battle, Israel Confirms  —  JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said early Sunday morning that an officer thought to have been captured by Palestinian militants during a deadly clash Friday morning, which shattered a planned 72-hour cease-fire, was now considered to have been killed in battle.
Discussion: Mondoweiss, The Week and Guardian
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama preps next border action
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Sherrod Brown is the odd man out with Democrats
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Bruce Rauner channeled part of fortune to Cayman Islands
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Christie bridge scandal: Governor says he 'can't remember' aide's texts
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jetta Fraser / Toledo Blade:
State of emergency declared in Lucas County after toxins found in Toledo water
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Nathan Thrall / London Review of Books:
Hamas's Chances  —  The current war in Gaza was not one Israel or Hamas sought.
Discussion: Washington Monthly