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7:55 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’  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.  ( file photo)  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks accused blacks and Hispanics in the Democratic Party today of waging a “war on whites” by invoking race to split the nation.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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: Politico, CNN 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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN and American Spectator
Associated Press:
Atkins: Kerry's disappearing act sends the wrong signal
Discussion: National Review
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: Pat Dollard, RedState and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Nolan Rosenkrans / Toledo Blade:
Mayor Collins: ‘Our water is safe’  —  City lifts ban on drinking tap water  —  The ban of drinking water in northwest Ohio was lifted early today, after tests of Toledo water showed safe levels of the toxin microcystin.  —  Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins announced at a 9:30 a.m. news conference …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
The United States Needs Corporate ‘Loyalty Oaths’  —  Big corporations are fleeing for lower tax rates abroad.  With reform legislation going nowhere, it's time to think creatively and institute newfangled ‘non-desertion agreements.’  —  On top of all the wars and global messiness …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Pregnant Worker: This Is How Walmart Treated Me  —  Candis Riggins has a new baby.  But, since she got fired from Walmart, she no longer has her job or her house.  —  In March, Walmart quietly changed its policy for accommodating pregnant workers so that they were covered by its existing disability protections.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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
Jacob Fenton / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
GOP commissioners quash FEC dark money probe
Joseph J. Kolb / Fox News:
Jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi back in Mexican court
Discussion: National Review
Colleen Curry / ABC News:
Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary, James Brady, Dies
Anne Applebaum / The New Republic:
How “Hard Choices” predicts her presidential campaign
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Demographic Divide: House Deportation Vote Unlikely to Hurt G.O.P. in Election
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and The Dish
Tannya Joaquin / Hawaii News Now:
HAWAII POLL: Hanabusa up over Schatz in Senate showdown
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Cantor in the Land of the Lilliputians
Danielle Kurtzleben / Vox:
The amazingly rapid suburbanization of poverty
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lee Enterprises / Missoulian:
MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Walsh should drop out of Senate race
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Military eradicates Hamas's crown jewel
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Holder exclusive — ‘Proud to be an activist’
Rebecca Younger /
Ebola fears: A passenger died at Gatwick after getting off a glight fromm Sierra Leone