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5:15 PM ET, August 3, 2014


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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Spiegel Online:
Israel Eavesdropped on John Kerry in Mideast Talks  —  New information indicates that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on telephone conversations by US Secretary of State John Kerry.  Sources told SPIEGEL the government then used the information obtained from the calls during negotiations in the Mideast conflict.
Sam Youngman / The Daily Beast:
Fear and Loathing at Fancy Farm  —  It's the biggest political gathering for Kentucky politics, and with Sen. Mitch McConnell's job on the line, it's now one of the most important in the country.  —  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rolled up his sleeves and walked to the podium …
Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Poetic Paul rhymes at Grimes
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
New York Times:
Throw the Book at Him  —  WASHINGTON — I CAN'T wait to read the book W. won't write.  —  Not since Beyoncé dropped a new digital album online overnight with no warning or fanfare has there been such a successful pop-up arts project.  —  Crown Publishers startled everyone Wednesday …
Discussion: Althouse
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Liz Cheney Calls Obama A ‘Disgrace’ For Discussing Post-9/11 Torture (VIDEO)  —  Liz Cheney bashed President Obama Friday night for the way he characterized CIA interrogation practices after Sept. 11, 2001 as “torture.”  —  “Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath …
Jon Prior / Politico:
Jarrett: Israeli strikes on civilians wrong  —  White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett says Israeli strikes near civilian havens in Gaza were indefensible.  —  “This is why the cease-fire is so important,” Jarrett said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS' “Face the Nation.”  “It's a devastating situation.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Geoffrey R. Stone / The Daily Beast:
Justice Kennedy Opened the Door to Same-Sex Marriage, Will He Walk Through Next?  —  Twenty-nine consecutive judicial decisions in the past year have held bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.  This is nothing short of extraordinary.  —  The United States Court of Appeals …
Joe Elias /
Harrisburg mother said she didn't know son was dead upstairs in her house  —  The mother of a boy found dead in an uptown Harrisburg home said her husband waited about four days to reveal to her that their son had died.  —  Kimberly Tutko said she noticed a strange odor coming from the third floor …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Steve King: Obama Executive Action On Immigration Could Trigger ‘I’ Word  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) refused to utter the word “impeachment” on Sunday, but warned that if President Obama used executive action to defer more deportations of undocumented immigrants, it might be the only option left for Congress.
Tom Henry / Toledo Blade:
Toledo water test results are improving but region still has a long way, mayor says.  —  Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said during today's first news briefing that results of water samples are improving, but that the region still has a long way to go before it can safely resume drinking tap water.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
CNN anchor clashes with Perry over border crime statistics
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Gaza school attack denounced as ‘criminal act’ by UN chief
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, The Week and New York Times
Tommy Witherspoon / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Hewitt police firearms instructor shoots himself in hand
 Earlier Items: 
Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Clinton praises Trib publisher's fight ‘for what he believed’
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Washington Post:
As Democrats avoid Obama, Romney is in demand on the midterm campaign trail