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7:05 AM ET, August 5, 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.
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   House Republican: Democrats Have Launched ‘War On Whites’
Jon Thurber / Washington Post:
James S. Brady, Reagan's press secretary and survivor of 1981 shooting, dies at 73  —  James S. Brady, the often-irreverent press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on his boss in 1981 and who became an enduring symbol of the fight …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
James Barron / New York Times:
Taking a Bullet, Gaining a Cause: James S. Brady Dies at 73
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and US - USA
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Former press secretary James S. Brady dies
Discussion: ABC News
Colleen Curry / ABC News:
Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary, James Brady, Dies
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
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 …
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: Moe Lane
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.
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
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Rick Perry PAC created  —  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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Gregory Giroux / Political Capital:
Rick Perry Forms Federal PAC
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
Discussion: Politico
CNN Sued Over Correspondent Who Bit EMTs 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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mediaite and Politico
Ronald Reagan / CNN:
Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option  —  (CNN) - Critics are pouncing on remarks Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois, made to supporters earlier this year that a government shutdown was an option to help the state deal with its financial troubles.
Tunneling through triangle of death, Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south  —  (Reuters) - Using secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein and rough terrain to outfox Iraqi troops, Islamic State insurgents are getting dangerously close to Baghdad with the support of heavily-armed Sunni tribesmen …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
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.
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
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Israel Moves to Wrap Up Gaza Military Operation  —  JERUSALEM — Claiming it had achieved most of its objectives and pressured by Western allies to stop causing civilian casualties in Gaza, Israel moved to wind down its operations there on Monday — either unilaterally or through …
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.
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 …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Is Working
Des Moines Register:
Where the 2016 Republican contenders will be in Iowa
Discussion: Salon, Balloon Juice and OnPolitics
Press Association:
Steven Naismith buys Everton tickets to give to Liverpools unemployed
Discussion: and
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’
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
For whistleblowers, a bold move can be followed by one to department basement
Discussion: GAP and Hit & Run
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices' Rulings Advance Gays; Women Less So
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joseph J. Kolb / Fox News:
Jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi back in Mexican court
Discussion: National Review
Anne Applebaum / The New Republic:
How “Hard Choices” predicts her presidential campaign
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Questions of Weapons and Warnings in Past Barrage on a Gaza Shelter
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why House Deportation Vote Won't Hurt the G.O.P.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Exclusive: Powerhouse GOP group snared in money scheme
Discussion: EconLog and Right Wing Watch