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9:05 AM ET, August 4, 2014


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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  —  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 and Guardian
Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike ‘criminal’ - UN chief  —  An attack that killed 10 people at a UN-run Gaza school was a “moral outrage and a criminal act”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.  —  It constituted a “gross violation of international law”, Mr Ban said.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Unqualified Offerings
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Gaza school attack denounced as ‘criminal act’ by UN chief
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.
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: Liberaland
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 …
Steve LaTourette / Politico:
The grifting wing v. 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.
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.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Watching the Eclipse  —  Ambassador Michael McFaul was there when the promise of democracy came to Russia—and when it began to fade. … “All of my work deals with the theme of exclusion.”  —  BUY AS PRINT » … BUY AS PRINT » … October 7, 2002"Melanie, find me a little pro-bono case to cleanse my palate."
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Do-Even-Less Congress  —  Congress is a joke.  But the joke isn't funny — unless, of course, you're into dark humor.  —  The entire legislative body has been consumed by kvetching, at the expense of actual legislating.  And the numbers that highlight this reality are simply atrocious.
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: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
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David Jackson / USA Today:
WH: Obama undecided on immigration steps
Discussion: Instapundit and Power Line
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
CNN anchor clashes with Perry over border crime statistics
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
Jon Prior / Politico:
Valerie Jarrett: Israeli strikes on civilians wrong
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and Mediaite
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Liz Cheney Calls Obama A ‘Disgrace’ For Discussing Post-9/11 Torture (VIDEO)
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Spiegel Online:
Israel Eavesdropped on John Kerry in Mideast Talks
New York Times:
Throw the Book at Him  —  WASHINGTON — I CAN'T wait to read the book W. won't write.
Discussion: Althouse
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