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11:55 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.”
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
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Fox News:
Jimmy Carter pushes US to recognize Hamas, slams Israel in op-ed  —  April 1, 2013: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview in Kathmandu.Reuters  —  Former President Jimmy Carter once again is getting way out in front of the U.S. government on the Middle East …
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: The diplomatic war begins
Discussion: Israpundit and Power Line
Jimmy Carter / Foreign Policy:
How to Fix It  —  Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
America's Fed Up: Obama Approval Rating Hits New Low  —  Yet because this discontent differs - among Democrats, Republicans, and independents - Hart cautions that Americans still aren't likely to be storming the polls on Election Day in November.  —  “We're unhappy, but we aren't coalescing around an issue,” he said.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Is New York the Next Detroit?  —  The New York Times has a lengthy and dismaying article on the problems with New York City's pensions: … The core problem is that returns have not tracked with the city's optimistic projections.  In 2012, the city finally lowered its projected return …
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
The Intercept:
Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers
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.
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Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
As Common Core Hits Classrooms, Nervous Teachers Hope For The Best
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Mahablog and The Raw Story
Washington Post:
Frustration over stalled immigration action doesn't mean Obama can act unilaterally
CBS News:
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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
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
GOPer Stands by ‘War on Whites’: It's Acceptable to Discriminate Against Whites Now
 Earlier Items: 
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
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Gingrich: Obama Executive Order on Immigration Will Create “Civil War In His Own Party”
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Arkansas Senate race still a toss up
Discussion: Daily Kos