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1:35 PM ET, August 5, 2014


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New York Times:
U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier killed a United States Army major general and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy …
NDTV News:
NDTV Exclusive: How Hamas Assembles and Fires Rockets  —  Gaza: In the minutes before the ceasefire kicked in at Gaza this morning, Hamas fired a flurry of rockets towards Israel - 30 according to some counts.  —  Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas …
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: CNN and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Patients' Symptoms Raise Concern About Ebola in New York
Discussion: Gothamist, Daily Kos and Mashable
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: his vorpal sword, Hot Air and RedState
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.
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
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: The Other McCain and RedState
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
In This City, Car Ownership Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past  —  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 its residents …
Steve Baldwin /
Can a Third Party be Formed Without Helping Democrats Win?  —  When one speaks with fellow Republicans about the future of the GOP, it is common to receive some negative feedback.  This is because many conservative/libertarian Republicans feel the party has simply not done enough to challenge the Obama agenda.
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.
Discussion: ABC News and FiveThirtyEight
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   Kansas Senate Race Headlines 4-State Primary Day
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
Adam J. White / Wall Street Journal:
No Need For a Halbig Rehearing  —  The D.C. Circuit's own rules and one of its judges point the way forward for the recent ObamaCare ruling.
Pueblo Chiefton:
Girl, 3, shot on Pueblo's North Side  —  The shooting of a 3-year-old girl at a home on the city's North Side Monday morning has been ruled accidental by Pueblo police.  —  In the backyard of a home in the 3200 block of Colfax Avenue, the girl was shot in the chest at about 10:15 a.m …
Discussion: Liberaland, Guardian and ABC News
Byron Tau / Politico:
GOP launches new big money effort  —  Republicans are launching a fundraising effort that will let donors cut six-figure checks to support GOP Senate candidates this fall — a move that capitalizes on the Supreme Court's landmark McCutcheon v. FEC decision.  —  Senate Republicans …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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 …
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:
Buildup Makes Russia Battle-Ready for Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON — Russia has roughly doubled the number of its battalions near the Ukrainian border, Western officials said Monday, and could respond to the Kiev government's gains there by launching a cross-border incursion with little or no warning.
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
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
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Rick Perlstein's ‘The Invisible Bridge’ Draws Criticism
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A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Gorell Statement Re: Congresswoman's Inappropriate Use of Foreign or Fake US
Discussion: BizPac Review, Moe Lane and Fox News
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
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Jon Thurber / Washington Post:
James S. Brady, Reagan's press secretary and survivor of 1981 shooting, dies at 73
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option
Jill Reilly / Daily Mail:
Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza and 'the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip …