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4:45 PM ET, August 4, 2014


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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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
House Republican: Democrats Have Launched ‘War On Whites’  —  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Monday accused Democrats of making the Republican party's push for stronger border security about race, the Huffington Post reported.  —  “This is a part of the war on whites that's being launched by the Democratic Party.
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.
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 …
The Hill:
Lott: Miss. GOP could use shake-up
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
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State seizes town of Sinjar, pushing out Kurds and sending Yazidis fleeing
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.
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:
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   How This War Ends  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — I HAD held off coming …
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 …
Colleen Curry / ABC News:
Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary, James Brady, Dies … James Brady, the former White House press secretary who survived being shot in the head during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died today at age 73.  —  Brady was seriously injured by the assassination attempt …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Business Insider
In Drunken Rage  —  CNN is being sued by 2 EMTs who claim one of the network's reporters bit them in a drunken rage.  —  Arwa Damon — the Beirut-based senior international correspondent for CNN — was in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad back in July.  According to the lawsuit — obtained by TMZ …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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.
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rand Paul says he never proposed ending aid to Israel, even though he did Yahoo News 9 mins ago  —  OMAHA, Nebraska - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday denied that he once supported ending federal aid to Israel—an idea he proposed as recently as 2011.  —  “I haven't really proposed that in the past …
Steve Rothaus /
Broward judge rules gay-marriage ban unconstitutional  —  Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Monday declared Florida's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, the third South Florida judge in 18 days to do so.  He immediately stayed his decision pending an appeal by the state of Florida.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
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.
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
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Demographic Divide: House Deportation Vote Unlikely to Hurt G.O.P. in Election  —  A vote to effectively end a program for undocumented children is unlikely to hurt the G.O.P. in midterm elections because Hispanic voters are underrepresented in close races.  —  FOOD FOR THOUGHT |  AUGUST 2, 7:00 AM
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and The Dish
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Whip Sends Bible To Every Hill Office For ‘Decision-Making’ Guidance  —  A Republican congressman recently sent a copy of the Holy Bible to every member of Congress “to help guide you in your decision-making,” according to a letter obtained by TPM.  —  Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Exclusive: Powerhouse GOP group snared in money scheme  —  Since the Republican State Leadership Committee burst into national politics, it's become one of the most influential outside players on the right: It spent tens of millions of dollars to flip state legislative chambers and redraw …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
‘Torture report’ delayed in redaction fight  —  The Obama administration's attempt to redact some portions of an upcoming report on “enhanced interrogation techniques” is drawing ire from Capitol Hill and could delay the release of the detailed analysis for months.
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 …
Jacob Fenton / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
GOP commissioners quash FEC dark money probe  —  Republicans on the Federal Election Commission voted to block investigations into two more major political nonprofits that the commission's own staff lawyers argued broke election law in 2010, according to recently released documents.
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Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser
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Lee Enterprises / Missoulian:
MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Walsh should drop out of Senate race
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Military eradicates Hamas's crown jewel
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Do-Even-Less Congress
Discussion: American Prospect
Tractor rams Jerusalem bus in apparent terrorist attack
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