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11:30 AM ET, August 6, 2014


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Amash after win: Ellis is 'what's wrong with politics'  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — After Republican U.S. Rep. Justin Amash beat challenger Brian Ellis in the Third Congressional District primary, he said Ellis's campaign was “disgusting” and “despicable.”
Dave Spencer / Fox17:
Rep. Justin Amash says Challenger Brian Ellis ‘owes an apology’ and calls Rep. Pete Hoekstra a ‘disgrace’  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - While wrapping up his victory speech in a win during the primary election, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan's 3rd District called former Rep. Pete Hoesktra of Holland …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
U.S. policymakers gird for rash of corporate expatriations  —  Washington policymakers are bracing for a wave of corporations to renounce their U.S. citizenship over the next few months, depriving the federal government of billions of dollars in tax revenue and stoking public outrage ahead of the Nov. 4 congressional elections.
Washington Post:
Frustration over stalled immigration action doesn't mean Obama can act unilaterally
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Hollywood Life:
Hillary Clinton Launching Presidential Campaign In New York City?  —  It appears Hillary Clinton has launched her 2016 presidential campaign. can exclusively report that Hillary has leased office space on a high-level floor of a corporate New York City office building …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Battle of the brag: Hillary Clinton vs. Stephen Colbert  —  Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on “The Colbert Report” last night, jokingly sparring with host Stephen Colbert in a conversation about her new memoir.  —  The comedian began a segment on the Comedy Central show …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Former Va. governor's trial: McDonnell staffers called Williams the ‘tic tac man’  —  Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are battling a 14-count public-corruption indictment that alleges they lent the prestige of the governor's office to a Richmond-area businessman in exchange for gifts and loans.
Discussion: National Review and The PJ Tatler
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Virginia Graft Case, Cognac and Golf Trips Aren't Smoking Guns
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats throw kitchen sink at Republicans ahead of midterms  —  Democrats are throwing the kitchen sink at Republicans in a bid to keep the Senate and erode the GOP's House majority in November's elections.  —  While the Democrats' official campaign strategy focuses wholly on the economy …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why the president becomes more powerful when Congress fails
Discussion: RedState and Bloomberg View
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Harry Reid's reign of paralysis
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords  —  A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.
Evan Perez / CNN:
New leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes  —  (CNN) — The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.
The Intercept:
Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers
James Carville / The Hill:
Are we facing a GOP takeover in 2014?  —  Democrats, myself included, tend to respect and value expertise, and find that people who have established a record of accuracy and developed a model that's proven to be beneficial over time should be people accorded great deference when they opine …
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Iraqi Yazidis stranded on isolated mountaintop begin to die of thirst  —  BAGHDAD — Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel staffer drawn into Fielder controversy (UPDATE)  —  Stephen Fielder, the self-proclaimed pastor from Meridian, says a member of Chris McDaniel's campaign paid him $2,000 to give an interview in which he accused a Thad Cochran campaign staffer of asking him to pay people to vote for the GOP incumbent.
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: The diplomatic war begins  —  As Israel's military campaign in Gaza is seemingly over, the ensuing diplomatic process will be grueling, extend for a longer period than four weeks, and be fought on various fronts.  —  The latest round in Israel's ongoing military battle is seemingly over.
Discussion: Israpundit and Power Line
Fox News:
Jimmy Carter pushes US to recognize Hamas, slams Israel in op-ed
Jimmy Carter / Foreign Policy:
How to Fix It  —  Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas …
How Pat Roberts beat Milton Wolf  —  The Republican establishment's latest triumph over tea party activists in a Senate primary this year — Pat Roberts' narrower-than-expected win over challenger Milton Wolf on Tuesday night — came with a big lift from party headquarters in Washington.
Washington Post:
Sen. Pat Roberts takes early lead in primary fight
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
$619 billion missed from federal transparency site  —  WASHINGTON — A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.  —  And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate …
Discussion: Weekly Standard, NewsBusters and RT
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Paul dismisses ‘Kamikaze interview’  —  Sen. Rand Paul is pushing back against allegations that he ducked a discussion with DREAMers, saying he left a table in Iowa to do a media interview and that he had no time for a “Kamikaze interview” that was documented in a widely distributed video.
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: Ted Cruz is burning bridges in Washington.  Does it matter?  —  Lately, I had been thinking about writing a piece asking the question of whether Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is more like the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) or if he is more like President Ronald Reagan.
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows  —  Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state's roads.
Discussion: National Review and Hullabaloo
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Is New York the Next Detroit?
Train rescue: Commuters use people power to free man trapped against platform at Perth's Stirling station
Discussion: Mashable and
Mark Murray / NBC News:
America's Fed Up: Obama Approval Rating Hits New Low
Discussion: Hot Air, Scared Monkeys and Pat Dollard
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
As Common Core Hits Classrooms, Nervous Teachers Hope For The Best
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth. Here's Why It Matters.
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Raw Story
CBS News:
Shares  —  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The worst outbreak …
Discussion: CBS Atlanta, Guardian and ThinkProgress
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Suspects in murder of Border Patrol agent arrested and deported numerous times
Discussion: and The Jawa Report
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Anatomy of a Power Grab
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
GOPer Stands by ‘War on Whites’: It's Acceptable to Discriminate Against Whites Now
David Greene / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
UNSEALED: The US Sought Permission To Change The Historical Record Of A Public Court Proceeding
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jed Perl / The New Republic:
Liberals Are Killing Art
Discussion: alicublog and Althouse
Yahoo! News:
Feinstein puts Obama on the spot over CIA's ‘torture report’ edits Yahoo News 56 mins ago
Discussion: RT and Hullabaloo