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7:20 AM ET, August 7, 2014


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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.
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
U. of Illinois apparently revokes job offer to controversial scholar  —  Professor whose writings have angered many was offered job at U. of Illinois, pending formal board approval.  He didn't get it.  Is he being punished for his views?  His tone?  Both?  —  Editorial Tags:  —  Academic freedom
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.
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
Washington Post:
Justin Amash's absolutely amazing victory speech  —  Politicians who win campaigns, no matter how dirty, will almost always kiss and make up with their political opponents in their election-night speeches.  —  Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), of course, is not your average politician.
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
Cassie Spodak / CNN:
George W. Bush calls on Africa's ‘first spouses’ to break down stigmas in fighting cancer, AIDS
Discussion: Politico
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: RedState, Liberaland, Hot Air, Mediaite and 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.
Discussion: Liberaland
Steve Deace Show:
Deace Show Podcast 08-04-14
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
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 …
Andrew Levison / The New Republic:
Democrats Have a White Working Class Problem—and Not Just in the South  —  Whenever elections approach, there is always a flurry of concern among Democrats regarding the white working class.  Despite a steady and gradual decline in its size over the last several decades …
GOP chases youth vote with Uber  —  Republicans love Uber.  Young urban voters love Uber.  And Republicans hope that means young voters can learn to love the GOP.  —  Car-hailing and ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others are wildly popular among wealthy, young …
Associated Press:
AP Source: BofA Nears $16-$17B Settlement With US  —  Bank of America has tentatively agreed to a settlement in which it would pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis …
Discussion: Politico
Justin Levitt / Washington Post:
A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast  —  A Madison, Miss., precinct worker offers a voter a “I voted” sticker after voting in party primaries on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.  Mississippi's new voter ID law was put to its first test in Tuesday's primaries.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS Abolishes Mandatory Expiration Dates For Illegal Immigrants' Taxpayer Status  —  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly changed regulations to allow more undocumented immigrants to keep their taxpayer status through a program that is rife with fraud and abuse, and to delay deactivation of immigrant taxpayer status until 2016.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Will You Lose Your Job to a Robot? Silicon Valley Is Split
Justin Smith / WECT-TV:
Town council votes to rename road named after local Klansman
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
NATO says Russia could be poised to invade Ukraine
Discussion: Hot Air and ThinkProgress
Pope Francis urges young not to waste time on Internet and smartphones
Discussion: Shakesville
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
New Washington Post project discloses fabrications from a source
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Intellectual hubris hampers presidential geniuses
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows
Discussion: Liberal Values, Ricochet and Hit & Run