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11:00 AM ET, August 5, 2014


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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Gaza War Strains Relations Between U.S. and Israel  —  WASHINGTON — When the State Department condemned Israel's strike on a United Nations school in Gaza on Sunday, saying it was “appalled” by this “disgraceful” act, it gave full vent to what has been weeks of mounting American anger toward the Israeli government.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Israpundit
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,” …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Patients' Symptoms Raise Concern About Ebola in New York
Discussion: Gothamist, Mashable and Daily Kos
Sydney Lupkin / ABC News:
Patient at New York City Hospital ‘Unlikely’ to Have Ebola, Officials Say
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
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.
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
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: Israel Matzav and Middle East
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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
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 …
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
In Kentucky, Elaine Chao Endures Racist Attacks From Liberals  —  The former Republican Secretary of Labor has had to deal with a number of bigoted comments from Democratic partisans in the last year.  So why is racism treated differently when it comes from the left?
Joe Saunders / BizPac Review:
Dem tries to hide tracks after anti-Asian race-baiting in Kentucky Senate race
Discussion: RedState
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
How Helsinki's ‘Mobility on Demand’ Service Could Make Car Ownership Obsolete  —  Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has a a plan that might make car ownership a thing of the past.  —  Which is not to say it would eliminate the need for riding in cars.  Rather, Helsinki's plan is to provide …
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
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
The United States Department of Justice:
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Finds Pattern And Practice Of Excessive Force And Violence At NYC Jails On Rikers Island That Violates The Constitutional Rights Of Adolescent Male Inmates  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Eric Holder, the United States Attorney General, and Preet Bharara …
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. General Is Reportedly Killed by an Afghan Soldier  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday.
Discussion: emptywheel and
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.
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
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A. O. Scott / New York Times:
A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Democratic activists were behind controversial Klan ads in Mississippi
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and Politico
Tunneling through triangle of death, Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south
Discussion: and The Gateway Pundit
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
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Rick Perry PAC created
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Ronald Reagan / CNN:
Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option
Washington Free Beacon:
Privatizing Combat Journalism
Nolan Rosenkrans / Toledo Blade:
Mayor Collins: ‘Our water is safe’
Jill Reilly / Daily Mail:
Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza and 'the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Whip Sends Bible To Every Hill Office For ‘Decision-Making’ Guidance
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Raw Story