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9:05 AM ET, August 7, 2014


 Top Items: 
Corey Robin / Crooked Timber:
Another Anti-Zionist Professor Punished for His Views (Updated)  —  Until two weeks ago, Steven Salaita was heading to a job at the University of Illinois as a professor of American Indian Studies.  He had already resigned from his position at Virginia Tech; everything seemed sewn up.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Responds to Western Sanctions With Its Own  —  MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of food and agricultural products from Europe and the United States, among others, responding to Western-imposed sanctions and raising the level …
NATO says Russia could be poised to invade Ukraine
Discussion: Hot Air and ThinkProgress
Global Alert and Response (GAR)  —  Ebola virus disease update - West Africa  —  Epidemiology and surveillance  —  Between 2 and 4 August 2014, a total of 108 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 45 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama defends executive action  —  President Obama defended his use of executive action on Wednesday, signaling he's willing to take steps on immigration and tax policy if Congress fails to act.  —  Obama vowed to “scour our authorities” seeking opportunities to act “wherever I have the legal authorities to make progress.”
Matthew Sparkes / Telegraph:
Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as ‘monkey owns it’  —  Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer's repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free - because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Iraqi Yazidi lawmaker: ‘Hundreds of my people are being slaughtered’  —  (CNN) — When radical Islamist fighters stormed the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar over the weekend, the Yazidi minority who call it home fled into the surrounding mountains in fear of their lives.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Primaries show Republican voters wary of Tea Party candidates, skeptical of party establishment  —  KANSAS 2014 ELECTIONS RAND PAUL CAMPAIGNS MICHIGAN JUSTIN AMASH PAT ROBERTS FRED UPTON SAM BROWNBACK  —  The standard thing to say about the various Republican primaries this year …
Discussion: American Spectator
Snowden granted 3-yr residence permit - lawyer  —  Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor's lawyer announced.  —  “On the first of August he received a three-year residence permit,” lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told reporters.
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
16 Things We Learned From Bill Nye The Science Guy's Emails With The White House  —  BuzzFeed obtained Bill Nye's emails with the White House through a FOIA request.  There is a science poem.  —  Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  Bill Nye sometimes signs off his emails with hopeful messages and clip art.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
URGENT: Democratic emails a fundraising bonanza  —  House Democrats have their email fundraising down to a science: Cast Speaker John Boehner as the leading villain, use President Barack Obama's signature (but sparingly) and don't hesitate to go ALL CAPS with a subject line like this: “BREAKING: IMPEACHMENT.”
Andrew Krietz /
Rep. Justin Amash defeats Brian Ellis: ‘I ran for office to stop people like you’  —  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash said Brian Ellis ran a “disgusting despicable smear campaign” during Amash's victory speech in downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.  (Cory Morse |
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Callow President  —  “'Stop just hatin' all the time.”  If you haven't been following the news, you might not know whether this bon mot was uttered by a character on the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” or by the president of the United States.  —  Of course, it was the leader …
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Miss. Republican Party will not hear McDaniel challenge  —  Interview from Nosef.  —  GOP committee member John Parker comments.  —  Cochran campaign comment.  —  The Mississippi Republican Party has said they will not hear the challenge from Chris McDaniel because state law would not allow …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ann Coulter / Official:
EBOLA DOC'S CONDITION DOWNGRADED TO ‘IDIOTIC’  —  I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered.  —  What was the point?  —  Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed …
Discussion: Liberaland, Hot Air, RedState, Mediaite and CNN
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Journalist: I Did So Pay For Discredited Vote Buying Story!  —  Charles Johnson, the feisty conservative journalist who's been the driving force behind the allegations of a vote-buying scheme in Mississippi's Republican runoff, responded Wednesday to the latest twist …
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
MICHELLE OBAMA: ‘WOMEN ARE SMARTER THAN MEN’  —  First Lady Michelle Obama shared some thoughts about women versus men during a conversation with former First Lady Laura Bush at the U.S Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C.  —  Obama explained that as First Lady it was important to remember …
Discussion: Althouse
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Michelle Obama: ‘Women are smarter than men’
Discussion: CNN
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Huckabee: Obama deserves impeachment  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said “there's no doubt” President Obama “has done plenty of things worthy of impeachment,” becoming the latest big-name Republican to raise the specter of removing him from office.
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Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Sen. Alexander Faces Tea Party-Styled Challengers
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Will You Lose Your Job to a Robot? Silicon Valley Is Split
GOP chases youth vote with Uber
Justin Smith / WECT-TV:
Town council votes to rename road named after local Klansman
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP Source: BofA Nears $16-$17B Settlement With US
Discussion: Politico
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS Abolishes Mandatory Expiration Dates For Illegal Immigrants' Taxpayer Status
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Capitol Times:
Jones calls Ducey ‘misogynistic jerk’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / Guardian:
Tricycle theatre refuses to host UK Jewish Film Festival while it has Israeli embassy funding
Discussion: New York Times and Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Leader Of Republican's “Business Coalition” Resigns After Inquiry About Domestic Violence Conviction
Discussion: Mediaite
Evan Perez / CNN:
(CNN) — U.S. intelligence agencies fear Edward Snowden …
Discussion: Mediaite
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  August 6, 2014 - Clinton Blooms Over Christie …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and CNN
Justin Levitt / Washington Post:
A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pope Francis urges young not to waste time on Internet and smartphones
Discussion: Shakesville
Andrew Levison / The New Republic:
Democrats Have a White Working Class Problem—and Not Just in the South