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2:25 PM ET, August 4, 2014


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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 …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   ISIS advances as Kurds run out of ammunition
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State seizes town of Sinjar, pushing out Kurds and sending Yazidis fleeing
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
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.
Philip Gourevitch / New Yorker:
An Honest Voice in Israel  —  Shortly before the announcement Thursday night of the ceasefire in Gaza that went into effect Friday morning and was immediately broken, the Deutsche Welle, the German radio station, posted the transcript of an interview with the Israeli novelist Amos Oz.  Here's how it started:
Discussion: Unfogged and Talking Points Memo
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   How This War Ends  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — I HAD held off coming …
Tractor rams Jerusalem bus in apparent terrorist attack  —  Several wounded, one critically; driver of tractor shot dead by police officerGaza rockets; IDF strikes continue despite Israeli-declared humanitarian truce.  —  Israel entered day 28 of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on Monday …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Jen Psaki / US Department of State:
UNRWA School Shelling
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: McDaniel Team Strikes ‘Black’ References From Press Release  —  Still refusing to concede, Chris McDaniel's team issued a press release late last week saying that the Mississippi GOP is “prohibited from recognizing Thad Cochran as their nominee for U.S. Senate in accordance …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Hill:
Lott: Miss. GOP could use shake-up
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: ACS Blog, Shakesville and Liberaland
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.
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.
Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
GOP Congressman Accuses Democrats Of Waging A ‘War On Whites’  —  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn't think that the hardline stance Republicans have taken on immigration could hurt the party's standing with Hispanic voters.  Instead, he thinks Democrats are hurting their prospects with white voters.
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 and Hot Air
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
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 …
Associated Press:
US SENT LATIN YOUTH UNDERCOVER IN ANTI-CUBA PLOY  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover.  He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world's most sophisticated counter-intelligence services.
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.
Former White House Press Secretary James Brady has died  —  (CNN) - James Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, has died, according to a Brady family statement.  —  soundoff (No Responses)
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
Anne Applebaum / The New Republic:
How “Hard Choices” predicts her presidential campaign  —  Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster)  —  Even while Hard Choices was still wafting its way across the Atlantic Ocean— and long before it landed on my desk in central Europe, an entire twenty-four hours …
Discussion: National Review
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
House Deportation Vote Unlikely to Hurt G.O.P. in Election  —  Republican hopes for attracting more Hispanic voters suffered another setback on Friday when the House passed a bill to effectively end President Obama's program to defer deportations of undocumented children.
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Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Kentucky's GOP Bromance Deepens, Even Without True Love
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Pregnant Worker: This Is How Walmart Treated Me
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Exclusive: Powerhouse GOP group snared in money scheme
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Tannya Joaquin / Hawaii News Now:
HAWAII POLL: Hanabusa up over Schatz in Senate showdown
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Danielle Kurtzleben / Vox:
The amazingly rapid suburbanization of poverty
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alfredo Corchado / Dallas Morning News:
Central American migrants face grueling journey north
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser
Discussion: Business Insider
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Pat Dollard
Lee Enterprises / Missoulian:
MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Walsh should drop out of Senate race
John Fund / National Review:
Don't Impeach Obama, Censure Him
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Do-Even-Less Congress
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