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3:14 AM ET, August 3, 2014


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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: 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.).
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: Hot Air and Elder Of Ziyon
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama preps next border action  —  President Obama is expected to take executive action to help illegal immigrants stay in the country while Congress is away on a five-week recess, pro-immigrant advocates said Saturday.  —  Obama and his allies believe his authority to act without legislative approval …
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.
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Christie bridge scandal: Governor says he 'can't remember' aide's texts  —  PARSIPPANY — Gov. Chris Christie today said he doesn't recall receiving a text message from a top aide in December as talk of the controversial lane closings at the George Washington Bridge intensified.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Sherrod Brown is the odd man out with Democrats  —  If Ohio's senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton's joyless plod toward her party's presidential nomination.
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Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Bruce Rauner channeled part of fortune to Cayman Islands
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Border Spectacle
Discussion: Business Insider
Nathan Thrall / London Review of Books:
Hamas's Chances  —  The current war in Gaza was not one Israel or Hamas sought.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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The White House:
Press Conference by the President
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Discussion: Mashable