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3:30 AM ET, August 2, 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 …
U.S. House passes border-security funding bill to speed deportations
Discussion: TalkLeft
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Votes To Spurn Obama, Deport Dreamers Before Leaving Town
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Hill:   House approves border funding
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   House GOP's New Plan: Rebuke Obama With Border Bill Then Leave Town
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Dozens Of Democrats Line Up On House Floor To Stand Up For Children At The Border
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pete Kasperowicz /
Dem says GOP wants to send immigrant children ‘to their death’
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Mediaite
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Krauthammer: GOP ‘ridiculous’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
House passes two Republican measures in response to surge of child migrants
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
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Pelosi Chases Republican Tom Marino Across House Chamber  —  In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
An upending of reason in the House  —  After conservatives on Thursday brought down House Speaker John Boehner's bill to address the border crisis, the new House Republican leadership team issued a joint statement declaring that President Obama should fix the problem himself.
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
Discussion: The Dish
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 57th Annual Meeting and 13th State Criminal Justice Network Conference  —  Thank you, Norman [Reimer], for those kind words - and for your exemplary leadership as Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Discussion: TalkLeft, BuzzFeed and Hit & Run
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 …
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Last Refuge of a Scoundrel  —  Obama's ‘economic patriotism.’
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act Struck Down By Constitutional Court
White Blog:
Answering the Public's Call
Discussion: The Verge and The Hill
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate For Governor Films Video Pretending To Be Homeless For A Week
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Fla. judge: Redraw congressional map now
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On David Frum, The New York Times, and the Non-Faked ‘Fake’ Gaza Photos
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
California Is Now Experiencing Its Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Eric Cantor quitting Congress Aug. 18