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11:35 PM ET, August 3, 2014


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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.
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 …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Fox pundit rips Heritage CEO for creating a group of ‘all white’ impeachment supporters  —  Fox News analyst Juan Williams on Sunday confronted the CEO of the Heritage Foundation for his role in “demonizing” President Barack Obama to the point that many all-white tea partiers were calling for impeachment.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
CNN anchor clashes with Perry over border crime statistics  —  CNN anchor Candy Crowley called out Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) Sunday for claiming that illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande have committed thousands of homicides.  —  Perry said his constituents in Texas are concerned about …
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
Jen Psaki / US Department of State:
UNRWA School Shelling  —  Press Statement  —  Department Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  The United States is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed.
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: The Hugh Hewitt Show and Mediaite
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
Kevin Jenkins / Spectrum:
Bundy: Showdown with feds a spiritual battle  —  ST. GEORGE -  —  Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy told members of the Independent American Party gathered to hear him Saturday that the April confrontation between his family, federal agencies and Bundy's armed militia supporters was part of an age-old battle between good and evil.
Discussion: ABC News
David Jackson / USA Today:
WH: Obama undecided on immigration steps  —  White House officials are downplaying stories that President Obama is prepared to take executive action on immigration that would allow millions of undocumented people to stay in the United States.  —  “The reports you're seeing are uninformed speculation …
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Public servants acting as public masters: Column  —  CIA responded to Obama's acquiescence when it spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  —  “Nothing could be further from the truth.  I mean, we wouldn't do that.”  That was CIA Director John Brennan's answer in March when Sen. Dianne Feinstein …
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Gaza school attack denounced as ‘criminal act’ by UN chief
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, The Week and New York Times
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 …
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Tom Henry / Toledo Blade:
Toledo water test results are improving but region still has a long way, mayor says.
Discussion: Firedoglake, ThinkProgress and CBS News
Geoffrey R. Stone / The Daily Beast:
Justice Kennedy Opened the Door to Same-Sex Marriage, Will He Walk Through Next?
Sam Youngman / The Daily Beast:
Fear and Loathing at Fancy Farm
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Steve King: Obama Executive Action On Immigration Could Trigger ‘I’ Word
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Billionaire climate-change supporter pledges to spend big to beat Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Tommy Witherspoon / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Hewitt police firearms instructor shoots himself in hand
Washington Post:
As Democrats avoid Obama, Romney is in demand on the midterm campaign trail