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9:40 AM ET, August 5, 2014


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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
US won't turn back flights over Ebola  —  The United States will not turn back flights from West Africa over concerns about the Ebola virus, the White House said Monday.  —  “There are in place a lot of precautions to ensure the safety of the American public and the traveling public,” …
Sydney Lupkin / ABC News:
Patient at New York City Hospital ‘Unlikely’ to Have Ebola, Officials Say
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Forecasting President Obama's Final Two Years in Office  —  With the prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate looming, the White House is quietly mulling potential silver linings of such a dynamic during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
Associated Press:
Atkins: Kerry's disappearing act sends the wrong signal
Discussion: National Review
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Obama's Corporatist Constitution
Discussion: National Review
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’
Kansas showdown: The tea party's last shot  —  In one primary after another this year, the tea party has tried but failed to unseat poster senators of the Republican establishment: first John Cornyn, then Mitch McConnell, then Lindsey Graham, and finally and most spectacularly, Thad Cochran.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Kansas Senate Race Headlines 4-State Primary Day  —  Senate and House incumbents in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri are trying to beat back challengers Tuesday in the kickoff to a busy month of primaries.  Voters in Washington state consider the qualifications of a dozen candidates vying …
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 …
Gorell Statement Re: Congresswoman's Inappropriate Use of Foreign or Fake US
Discussion: Moe Lane
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Poll: Congress approval hits new low  —  The number of Americans who approve of their own representative in Congress has reached an all-time low, according to a poll released Tuesday.  —  In a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 51 percent of Americans said that they disapprove of the way their member …
J.D. Tuccille / Hit & Run:
With Loyalty Oath Demand, Crusade Against Corporate Inversion Gets Even Creepier  —  Leave it to Jonathan Alter to jump the already laughably overblown “problem” of corporations seeking friendlier tax jurisdictions elsewhere right past parody.  Forget any discussion of why businesses are relocating.
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
The United States Needs Corporate ‘Loyalty Oaths’
Discussion: The Federalist and Hot Air
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
How Much Is Obamacare Raising Your Insurance Rate?  Depends on Which State You Live In.  —  Back in the spring, once it became apparent that enrollment in Obamacare would nearly match or even exceed projections, the law's detractors on the right started coming up with new predictions of doom.
Discussion: Politico
Kim Barker / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead  —  Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops.  But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Democratic activists were behind controversial Klan ads in Mississippi  —  SENATE REPUBLICAN PARTY MISSISSIPPI 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS PENNAVE RNC THAD COCHRAN CHRIS MCDANIEL  —  Mississippi radio ads  —  A Democratic activist has claimed responsibility for controversial radio ads …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare and the public: The more they know, the less they like  —  CONGRESS OBAMACARE REPUBLICAN PARTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEALTH CARE POLLS 2014 ELECTIONS  —  Democrats have long believed Obamacare would become more popular once it was fully in place and Americans got a chance to see it up close.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
John Harwood / New York Times:
Democrats Seize on Social Issues as Attitudes Shift  —  WASHINGTON — Facing re-election, Gov. Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, no longer talks about stopping same-sex marriage.  “It's those on the left that are pushing” the issue, he says.  —  Ed Gillespie, the Republican Senate candidate …
In Gaza, there is no such thing as ‘innocent civilians’  —  Op-ed: Fighting an enemy state with one hand while supplying food and energy to its residents with the other hand is absurd.  —  Giora Eiland  —  The story we are telling in this conflict is similar to the one we told in Lebanon in 2006.
Discussion: Middle East
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
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,” …
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 …
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
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A. O. Scott / New York Times:
A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Tunneling through triangle of death, Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Is Working
Jon Thurber / Washington Post:
James S. Brady, Reagan's press secretary and survivor of 1981 shooting, dies at 73
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Des Moines Register:
Where the 2016 Republican contenders will be in Iowa
Discussion: Salon, Balloon Juice and OnPolitics
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Rick Perry PAC created
Ronald Reagan / CNN:
Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option
 Earlier Items: 
Press Association:
Steven Naismith buys Everton tickets to give to Liverpools unemployed
Discussion: and
Washington Free Beacon:
Privatizing Combat Journalism
Nolan Rosenkrans / Toledo Blade:
Mayor Collins: ‘Our water is safe’
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices' Rulings Advance Gays; Women Less So
CNN Sued Over Correspondent Who Bit EMTs in Drunken Rage
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mediaite and Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Whip Sends Bible To Every Hill Office For ‘Decision-Making’ Guidance
Discussion: The Raw Story
World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The PJ Tatler
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
‘Torture report’ delayed in redaction fight
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Fox News