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2:20 PM ET, August 2, 2014


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New York Times:
Congress, Unhinged on Immigration  —  It was a remarkable two days of legislative dysfunction, even for congressional Republicans, who have been pushing the limits of unhinged governance.  —  The House speaker, John Boehner, tried on Thursday to pass a bill dealing with the crisis …
New York Times:
Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers scrambled to leave town on Friday night for a five-week recess, with a failure to address the refugee crisis at the southern border only the latest indignity in a year that may redefine congressional dysfunction.
Discussion: Liberaland, ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
U.S. House passes border-security funding bill to speed deportations
Discussion: Right Wing News and TalkLeft
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
An upending of reason in the House
The Hill:   House approves border funding
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   House GOP's New Plan: Rebuke Obama With Border Bill Then Leave Town
Pete Kasperowicz /
Dem says GOP wants to send immigrant children ‘to their death’
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Mediaite
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Dozens Of Democrats Line Up On House Floor To Stand Up For Children At The Border
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The wrath of Pelosi, the cool of Marino  —  ABC's John Parkinson reports this close encounter of the harridan kind (video below) in connection with the House wrapping up its debate on the immigration bill yesterday: … At this point I encourage you to go to the tape for the ocular proof.
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
Rep. Tom Marino / Fox News:
Pelosi confronts GOP congressman in rancorous House debate  —  A heated debate over the southern border crisis late Friday led to a rancorous confrontation on the floor of the House between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa.
The White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  Happy Friday.  I thought I'd take some questions, but first, let me say a few words about the economy.  —  This morning, we learned that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
NETANYAHU TO US: DON'T SECOND GUESS ME ON HAMAS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.  —  Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu …
Nathan Thrall / London Review of Books:
Hamas's Chances  —  The current war in Gaza was not one Israel or Hamas sought.  But both had no doubt that a new confrontation would come.  The 21 November 2012 ceasefire that ended an eight-day-long exchange of Gazan rocket fire and Israeli aerial bombardment was never implemented.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
The Coming Democratic Midterm Collapse  —  History tells us the “six-year itch” is a very real thing, and there's little Obama's Democrats can do to stave off a big loss this November.  —  Time has been cruel to many once-revered political assertions.  No, all politics is not local.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
The Huffington Post:
Barney Frank ‘Appalled’ By Obama Administration: ‘They Just Lied To People’  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan, according to former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Naked Brooklyn woman dragged from apartment, left topless in hallway for minutes by NYPD officers who say she beat 12-year-old daughter — SEE THE VIDEO  —  Denise Stewart, 48, opened her Brownsville apartment door to NYPD officers, who heard shouting coming from inside the home, police said.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Verge and Boing Boing
New York Times:
Ebola Virus Is Outpacing Efforts to Control It, World Health Body Warns
Discussion: The Verge and Twitchy
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Jacob Sullum / Forbes:
A Century Later, The New York Times Rejects The Anti-Marijuana Propaganda It Peddled
Discussion: Washington Post and Hit & Run
Laurence J. Kotlikoff / New York Times:
Laurence Kotlikoff: The Government Should Report Its ‘Fiscal Gap,’ Not Just Official Debts
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Joan Biskupic / Reuters:
U.S. Justice Ginsburg hits back at liberals who want her to retire
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Last Refuge of a Scoundrel  —  Obama's ‘economic patriotism.’
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate For Governor Films Video Pretending To Be Homeless For A Week
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite