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President Obama Job Approval

Source: Real Clear Politics Poll Averages
Jul 23, 2014 10:03 pm

RCP AverageApprove:42.6%Disapprove:52.6%Spread: -10.0%

White House: Downing of Ukrainian Jets Shows Putin Still Backing Separatists

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 23, 2014 10:02 pm

The White House said the downing of two additional Ukrainian military aircraft Wednesday confirms U.S. charges that Moscow has continued to support and supply pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine, even after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight…

Michael Sam Responds To Tony Dungy: Thank God He Wasn't The St. Louis Rams Coach

Source: Crooks and Liars
Jul 23, 2014 9:50 pm

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy said that he wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam because of all the media attention the first openly gay player would receive and the distractions it would have caused. I've written about it at length here and here. Michael …

Cartoon: Affordable infrastructure improvements

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 23, 2014 9:50 pm

click to enlarge.

Sen. John Walsh Plagiarized Final Paper for Master’s Degree

Source: Time: Swampland
Jul 23, 2014 9:42 pm

A Walsh campaign spokeswoman says the plagiarism was a "mistake"

And There's More

Source: Talking Points Memo
Jul 23, 2014 9:30 pm

Michele Bachmann announces she might run for president again

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 23, 2014 9:30 pm

Don't laugh! [Rep. Michele Bachmann] and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run. Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view…

Boehner to Obama: Keep Democrats in Line on Deportation Policy

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 23, 2014 9:28 pm

House Speaker John Boehner waded into an internal Democratic dispute over deportation policy, telling President Barack Obama that he must corral his own party to support changes that would help speed the deportation of child migrants from Central Ame…

What's It All About Then

Source: Eschaton
Jul 23, 2014 9:04 pm

Maybe it isn't the most important thing, but the thing which always gets me about the surveillance/security state is just how incompetent they are. It's either totally pointless or more nefarious than I am capable of imagining, and I suspect it's th…

The Surprise in Jack Kingston’s Loss in the Georgia Runoff

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 23, 2014 8:54 pm

John Feehery: Rep. Jack Kingston's defeat in the Georgia Senate runoff Tuesday makes him the second consecutive chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services subcommittee to be thwarted in an effort to move to the Senate.

And Former CNN Contributor

Source: Eschaton
Jul 23, 2014 8:49 pm

Horrible people thrive.

House, Senate develop dueling plans to deport refugee children

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 23, 2014 8:30 pm

Two refugee girls sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Senate Democrats are prep…

Border Crisis: Central American Churches Try to Keep Children Home

Source: Time: Swampland
Jul 23, 2014 8:20 pm

Pastors in the United States and across Central America and Mexico have a new message: do not send kids to the border.

Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ Slips Behind ‘Blood Feud’ in Book Battle

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 23, 2014 8:19 pm

Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” has been outsold for three weeks in a row by Ed Klein’s “Blood Feud: The Clintons v. the Obamas.”

That's Horrific

Source: Talking Points Memo
Jul 23, 2014 7:57 pm

White House Tightens Oil Train Safety Regulations

Source: Time: Swampland
Jul 23, 2014 7:45 pm

After a spate of train derailments, the Obama administration issued new rules on an increasingly popular way to move crude in the U.S.

Secret to Eternal Life?

Source: Talking Points Memo
Jul 23, 2014 7:43 pm

Woops

Source: Eschaton
Jul 23, 2014 7:37 pm

I think plagiarism accusations are often overblown. Citation customs are just that - they vary across disciplines and types of publications - and a few sloppy re-writes can be forgiven, but this seems like a pretty solid case.

U.S.-Germany Tensions Sway EU Sanctions on Russia

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 23, 2014 7:35 pm

Linda Killian: U.S.-Germany tensions over American intelligence gathering could have a decisive impact on whether the EU adopts harsher sanctions on Russia.

Chuck Schumer wants to ruin voting with his worst idea ever

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 23, 2014 7:30 pm

For some reason, Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to limit voter choice, reduce voter participation, and help Republicans win. Weird. Dear god no: POLARIZATION and partisanship are a plague on American politics [...] We need a national movement to adopt th…

Fox Hosts Try To Foment Anger Over 911 Being 'Forced' To Save Dying Non-English Speakers

Source: Crooks and Liars
Jul 23, 2014 7:28 pm

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday were shocked to learn that emergency responders were "forced" to serve non-English speakers in life-threatening situations even if the callers were suspected of entering the country illegally. "They stumble…

Midday open thread: Hatemonger Fischer spews homophobic sewage again. Does Jesus have car insurance?

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 23, 2014 7:00 pm

Today's comic by Matt Bors is Hobby Lobby joins a cult!: A teaser from David Dayen's interview with Keith Ellison: Ellison: My thoughts about where Detroit is today? I mean the real story of Detroit is, Ford, GM and Chrysler basically used Detroit…

Pork Executive Arrested by Capitol Police on Gun Charge

Source: Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire
Jul 23, 2014 6:50 pm

For the second time in a week, a man was arrested at the entrance of a Capitol Hill office building for allegedly carrying a firearm.

Investigating the Zombie Phone Line Ecosystem

Source: Talking Points Memo
Jul 23, 2014 6:43 pm

Respected Marquette Law School poll has Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in potential electoral peril

Source: Daily Kos
Jul 23, 2014 6:21 pm

Businesswoman Mary Burke, the probable gubernatorial nominee for Democrats in Wisconsin. In a short period of time, the Marquette Law School poll has become something of the "gold standard" poll in Wisconsin. And while their new poll (released Wed…

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