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1:05 PM ET, August 4, 2014


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Steve Latourette / Politico:
The Grifting Wing vs. The Governing Wing  —  While the Tea Party is busy lining their pockets, the rest of the Republicans are actually trying to get things done.  — defines a grifter as: A grifter is a con artist—someone who swindles people out of money through fraud.
The Hill:
Lott: Miss. GOP could use shake-up
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Tractor rams Jerusalem bus in apparent terrorist attack
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Maurice Possley / Washington Post:
New evidence revives concerns that a man was wrongly put to death in 2004  —  CORSICANA, Tex. — For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony …
Discussion: Shakesville
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Holder exclusive — ‘Proud to be an activist’  —  Only two years ago, House Republicans voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  Recently, Senate Republicans have trashed the former head of his civil rights division, Thomas Perez, and blocked his current choice to run the division, Debo Adegbile.
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Islamic State ‘now controls resources and territory unmatched in history of extremist organizations’  —  It's a pattern of territorial expansion that has now become familiar.  After the Islamic State captured Sinjar on Sunday, came the executions.  Then arrived the orders to convert or die …
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State seizes town of Sinjar, pushing out Kurds and sending Yazidis fleeing
Barack Obama to reporters: 'I'll take a question'  —  President Barack Obama had just done the unthinkable.  —  He took questions last week from the White House press corps — not just once, but twice.  He didn't call only on the reporters who were selected ahead of time by his senior aides.
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Military eradicates Hamas's crown jewel  —  Terrorists spent 5 years building cross-border tunnel network, army destroyed it in 2 weeks.  —  The IDF has destroyed Hamas's flagship terrorism project: its network of tunnels that snuck into Israel.  —  Hamas spent five years preparing …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Alfredo Corchado / Dallas Morning News:
Discussion: Booman Tribune
John Fund / National Review:
Don't Impeach Obama, Censure Him  —  Forty years ago this coming week, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency shortly after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against him.  The consensus is that Nixon had committed wrongs that amounted to the “high crimes and misdemeanors” …
David Jackson / USA Today:
WH: Obama undecided on immigration steps
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Cantor in the Land of the Lilliputians  —  Last week when Eric Cantor announced he would not after all serve out his current House term, his official explanation was that he wanted to give his successor (which he presumed to be his primary vanquisher, Dave Brat) a leg up with an early access to office.
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
LEAKED CBP REPORT SHOWS ENTIRE WORLD EXPLOITING OPEN US BORDER  —  LUBBOCK, Texas — A leaked intelligence analysis from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from more than 75 different countries.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Pat Dollard
Rebecca Younger /
Ebola fears: A passenger died at Gatwick after getting off a glight fromm Sierra Leone  —  Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.  —  Workers said they were terrified the virus …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Remain Slightly Favored To Take Control Of The Senate  —  If Americans elected an entirely new set of senators every two years — as they elect members of the House of Representatives — this November's Senate contest would look like a stalemate.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tannya Joaquin / Hawaii News Now:
HAWAII POLL: Hanabusa up over Schatz in Senate showdown  —  HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the Senate showdown between Democrats Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa, Representative Hanabusa has a 50 to 42 percent lead over Senator Schatz in our new Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser Hawaii poll.
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Netanyahu doesn't deny telling Kerry 'don't second guess me again'  —  Jerusalem (CNN) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not deny a report that he told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro “not to ever second guess me again” …
Jon Prior / Politico:
Valerie Jarrett: Israeli strikes on civilians wrong
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and Mediaite
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Ali Abunimah / The Electronic Intifada:
Evanston Public Library bans my book talk on Palestine
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mondoweiss
Danielle Kurtzleben / Vox:
The amazingly rapid suburbanization of poverty
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser
Discussion: Business Insider
Lee Enterprises / Missoulian:
MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Walsh should drop out of Senate race
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Do-Even-Less Congress
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
Watching the Eclipse  —  Ambassador Michael McFaul …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Public servants acting as public masters: Column
Discussion: The Hill
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Fox pundit rips Heritage CEO for creating a group of ‘all white’ impeachment supporters
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
CNN anchor clashes with Perry over border crime statistics
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo