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9:20 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.
Paul Gattis /
Rep. Mo Brooks: Democrats ‘dividing America by race’ in ‘waging a war on whites’
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Atkins: Kerry's disappearing act sends the wrong signal  —  Photo by:  —  WASHINGTON ­— After what was arguably his worst week since becoming the nation's top diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry has been conspicuously absent.  —  The conflict in Gaza rages on, fresh off the violent collapse of a short-term cease-fire.
Discussion: National Review
Barack Obama to reporters: 'I'll take a question'
Discussion: CNN and American Spectator
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Former press secretary James S. Brady dies
Discussion: ABC News
James Barron / New York Times:
Taking a Bullet, Gaining a Cause
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Colleen Curry / ABC News:
Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary, James Brady, Dies
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 …
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: CNN, Politico and Talking Points Memo
Jill Reilly / Daily Mail:
Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’  —  An Israeli official has called for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and National Review
Philip Gourevitch / New Yorker:
An Honest Voice in Israel
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Hot Air and Unfogged
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   How This War Ends  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — I HAD held off coming …
Hunterzl / IDF Blog:
Captured Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Human Shields  —  IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja'iya Brigade of Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades.  The manual explains how the civilian population can be used …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rand Paul says he never proposed ending aid to Israel — even though he did Yahoo News 1 hr ago  —  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,” …
Discussion: Hot Air, Pat Dollard, RedState and Mediaite
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 …
Joe Saunders / BizPac Review:
Dem tries to hide tracks after anti-Asian race-baiting in Kentucky Senate race  —  A Democrat operative and activist trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from his Kentucky Senate seat is backtracking badly — and trying to cover up — after a race-based attack on McConnell's wife over the weekend.
Discussion: RedState
Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller:
Dem.  Lawmaker Uses German Luftwaffe Uniform To Portray U.S. Navy In Campaign Mailer  —  Democratic lawmaker Julia Brownley sent a political mailer to her constituents in late July featuring a woman wearing fake military attire and a German Luftwaffe insignia — apparently unaware that the costume …
Discussion: America Rising
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) …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Experimental drug likely saved Ebola patients  —  (CNN) — Three vials containing an experimental drug stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment.
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Washington Free Beacon:
Privatizing Combat Journalism  —  A note to our readers  —  Happy news: The Washington Free Beacon is taking its talents to the free market.  —  Since its launch in February 2012, the Free Beacon has been a project of the Center for American Freedom, a nonprofit that has graciously supported our reporters, editors, and contributors.
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Rick Perry PAC forms  —  Texas governor and potential presidential contender Rick Perry took a familiar step that other White House hopefuls have taken recently: He set up a federal PAC.  —  Perry filed the paperwork for RickPAC with the Federal Election Commission.  It was processed Thursday.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
As Gays Prevail in Supreme Court, Women See Setbacks  —  WASHINGTON — When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflects on the Supreme Court's recent rulings, she sees an inconsistency.  —  In its gay rights rulings, she told a law school audience last week, the court uses the soaring language of …
Sydney Lupkin / ABC News:
Patient at New York City Hospital ‘Unlikely’ to Have Ebola, Officials Say … Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is treating a possible Ebola patient who recently traveled to West Africa, hospital officials said, although he is “unlikely” to have the deadly virus.
Discussion: Mashable and Boing Boing
World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers  —  Ten firms say they will not represent clients that deny man-made climate change or seek to block emisson-reducing regulations  —  Some of the world's top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The PJ Tatler
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
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Ronald Reagan / CNN:
Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option
Press Association:
Steven Naismith buys Everton tickets to give to Liverpools unemployed
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Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
The United States Needs Corporate ‘Loyalty Oaths’
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hot Air
Nolan Rosenkrans / Toledo Blade:
Mayor Collins: ‘Our water is safe’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
For whistleblowers, a bold move can be followed by one to department basement
Discussion: Hit & Run
Steve Rothaus /
Broward judge rules gay-marriage ban unconstitutional
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Joseph J. Kolb / Fox News:
Jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi back in Mexican court
Discussion: National Review
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Anne Applebaum / The New Republic:
How “Hard Choices” predicts her presidential campaign
Discussion: National Review
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why House Deportation Vote Won't Hurt the G.O.P.
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Pregnant Worker: This Is How Walmart Treated Me
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Cantor in the Land of the Lilliputians
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Islamic State ‘now controls resources and territory unmatched in history of extremist organizations’
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Holder exclusive — ‘Proud to be an activist’

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Rebecca Sun / Hollywood Reporter:
Top Hollywood Execs Unveil Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Des Moines Register from reporting on legally-obtained court records that were inadvertently filed publicly

Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google Changes Rules to Purge News That Masks Country of Origin

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