Day's End Round-Up

DAY'S END ROUNDUP

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Ariel Castro's thousand-year sentence
Jilani Cobb at The New Yorker reacts to the sentencing of Arial Castro, the man who held captive multiple women for years.

Tausche vs. Kopecki?
Business Insider's Linette Lopez looks at who first broke news of the Justice Department's lawsuit of Bank of America.

Yemeni engineer begs Obama to stop murdering his family with drones
Faisal bin Ali Jaber, the brother of a respected Muslim cleric, wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to change the United States's policy on drone use, according to Scott Shackford at Reason's Hit & Run blog.

Blame Benghazi syndrome for embassy shutdown, says key congressman

The State Department's travel alert on Friday is just an attempt to cover itself in the event of another "Bengazi-style attack," Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) told Foreign Policy's The Cable blog. 


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House votes 232-185 to block the IRS from enforcing ObamaCare

The House voted Friday to stop the Internal Revenue Service from implementing the Obama adminstration's healthcare reform law, according to The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz.

Postal reform revived in senate

Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a new proposal to help save the United States Postal Service, writes The Hill's Bernie Becker.

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Patriot or traitor?
The Atlantic’s Andy Cohen says the way Americans view Bradley Manning today will be radically different from how they view him in the future.

The “insane” GOP
Sanjay Sanghoee of The Huffington Post says that the GOP’s stance on the debt ceiling is wrong and indefensible.

Rubio's long game
Marco Rubio’s commitment to defunding Obamacare is less a principles-based move than it is a political maneuver to get him back in the GOP’s favor, says Right Turn’s Jennifer Rubin.
 
Time to go, Weiner
After his Director of Communications called a former intern multiple foul names, it's finally time for Anthony Weiner to quit his mayoral campaign, says Hot Air’s Allahpundit.
 
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Obama defends Summers
President Obama stepped up to defend Larry Summers from liberals who said he would be unfit to serve as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve, reports The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Peter Schroeder.

Obama reassures Dems: Obamacare on the ‘right side of history’
President Obama spoke with House and Senate Democrats to reassure the party that Obamacare is still important, and supporting it is to stand on the “right side of history,” according to Elise Viebeck of The Hill.
 


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Clinton, Huma, and Anthony Weiner
Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin sees irony for "Clinton watchers" in new poll numbers showing that former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has dropped to fourth place in the Democratic primary of the New York mayoral race.

Government surveillance hurts America's reputation abroad

The American Conservative's John R. Miller writes that the leaking of information about the government surveillance program hurts its reputation with everyone it spied on, both domestic and foreign.  

Supreme Court decision did little to change American mind set

The Fix's Sean Sullivan thinks that the Supreme Court overturn of DOMA actually did very little to change the way Americans feel about gay marriage.

Obama finally pushing the agenda he promised

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast writes that President Obama is finally being aggressive in pushing the agenda that he promised.

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President Obama speaks out against pay gap

The Hill's Peter Schroeder reports that President Obama called the inequality gap in the United States "morally wrong."

Senate approves new Pentagon appropriations budget

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense has approved a new $594 billion appropriations budget for the Pentagon, according to The Hill's Jeremy Herb.

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No more blowouts over fossil fuels
The Daily Beast’s Mark Ruffalo thinks recent gas explosions in the Mexican Gulf means we need to kick fossil fuels to the curb. 

IRS “scandal”needs to come to an end
Alec MacGillis writes in The New Republic that Republicans won the IRS scandal, and the Democrats helped them. 

Colorblindness is an insult 
Matthew C.Whitaker in the Arizona Republic thinks that in the wake of the Trayvon Martin, the notion of “colorblindness” could be dangerous. 

Is racism an unsolvable problem? 
Townhall’s Kevin McCullough thinks both parties played a role in inciting further racial tension in the dizzying aftermath of the Travyon Martin case. 

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Meet between HRC and Obama was really “just lunch”
The Hill’s Justin Sink reports that Monday’s lunch meeting between the President and former Secretary of State was purely social. 

Dead farmers reaping in federal dollars
The Hill’s Erik Wasson reports on suspicions that the  Agriculture Department is sending millions of dollars in crop insurance tax subsidies to farmers who have already died. 



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Obama medical device program actually hurts the economy

President Obama's approach to the medical device industry actually hurts the economy, Jennifer Rubin at her Right Turn blog argues.

Conservatives need to realize gay rights are civil rights

The American Conservative's David Lampo thinks that conservatives need to realize that denying gays marriage rights is no different than the civil rights push during the 1960s.

Republicans have unwittingly helped Affordable Healthcare Act

Republicans have actually helped ObamaCare look more successful by setting expectations so low for it that anything short of a disaster will look like a success, according to Wonkblog's Sarah Kliff.

Weiner and Clinton are not the same
The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky contends that, below the surface, there are very few similarities between former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and former President Clinton.

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Bill is introduced to prevent fraud in ObamaCare

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has introduced a bill to stall the implementation of ObamaCare until a system is put in place that would limit fraud, according to The Hill's Ben Goad.

House minority leader rips former colleagues
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) admonished former Democratic Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Bob Filner (D- Calif.) for the sex scandals they caused, reports The Hill's Jonathan Easley.

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Weiner won’t learn
Right Turn’s Jennifer Rubin says it would be a mistake for New Yorkers to elect Anthony Weiner as mayor in light of his most recent “sexting” scandal.
 
Keep danger outside of the U.S.
Closing Guantanamo Bay and moving inmates to American prisons would motivate prisoners to attempt an escape, says Andrew McCarthy of National Review’s The Corner.

Republicans and the deficit
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones says the Republican deficit plan seeks to help the rich and make life more difficult for the poor.

No real goal in mind?
Republicans came to the House to "burn down the place," says Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast.
 
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Congress to probe lethal crash that killed SEAL Team 6 members
The Hill’s Bob Cusack reports that the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee will investigate the helicopter crash that killed 30 Americans in Afghanistan.

White House ‘seeking clarity’ from Russia on Snowden’s legal status
Amid rumors, the White House is attempting to clarify whether Russia has granted Edward Snowden asylum, reports The Hill’s Daniel Strauss.

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Military options help Obama stay put on Syria

The Pentagon's options on helping Syria are nothing but another example of the military offering the president options so bad that his agenda is the only reasonable option to push, according to Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin.

Detroit bailout should not happen
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey writes that the lack of support for a bailout of Detroit within the state of Michigan is a strong indicator that a bailout should not happen at all.

White House must focus its attention on young adults to pass Obamacare
It is important for the Obama Administration to focus its attention on young, unisured adults in order to pass its healthcare bill. To reach them, they need to continue to map out where these young adults are living and how they are getting their information, according to Wonblog's Sarah Kliff.

Drill, baby drill to save Detroit

At The American Specator's Spectacle blog, Matt Purple critiques a recent column by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Detroit.

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Obamacare debate could shut down government

Some Republicans are working on a plan to block any government spending resolution that relates to the Obama administration's healthcare reform law, writes The Hill's Alexander Bolton.

Possible new regulations on menthol cigarettes

The Hill's Julian Hattem reports that the federal government is considering possible regulations on menthol and other flavored cigarettes based on health concerns.

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Liz Cheney's difficult road ahead
Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin asks if a popular Wyoming conservative can be ousted by Liz Cheney, a seemingly similar candidate. 

Don't put the car on Cruz control just yet
The American Conservative's Daniel Larison disagrees with the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will be the next Republican presidential nominee

Parts of the Internet are still outdated
Mother Jones' Dana Liebelson points out her three most outdated Internet laws. 

GOP hierarchy weakens party 
The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart thinks the corporate like structure and function of the GOP has led to the downfall and weakening of it's leaders. 

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Bill out to get EPA
A bill proposed by House Republicans would slash the EPA's budget by 34 percent, The Hill's Erik Wasson and Ben Geman report. 

Zimmerman trial poll finds racial divide
According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll regarding the George Zimmerman trial, 86 percent of blacks disagree with the jury's not-guilty verdict, while 51 percent of whites say the jury returned the right decision, The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports. 


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Obama has lost his optimism on race
Wonkblog's Ezra Klein says the president's Trayvon Martin speech Friday contrasts starkly with his 2008 address, where he signaled a belief that words, policies and conversations could heal old and deep wounds.

House's heavy work load?
The Examiner's Byron York notes that despite a packed legislative agenda, the House of Representatives will only meet nine times in September.

How America profiled Trayvon Martin and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Salon's Roxane Gay says the two men both serve as examples that we should stop projecting our fears onto profiles built from stereotypes.

Gillibrand's sexual assault bill is misguided
The editors of the National Review argue that the senator's bill would replace the presumption of innocence with one of guilt.


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Obama: 'Trayvon Martin could have been me'
The president looks to contextualize the Zimmerman verdict in a surprise address, The Hill's Justin Sink reports.

Duncan: House bill 'a retreat from high standards'
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the GOP bill "a huge step backward for efforts to improve academic achievement," The Hill's Julian Hattem reports.

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America: The World's Police

Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin thinks that it is time for Democrats to stop fighting America's image as the world's police when that is exactly what their policy suggests.

'Stand your ground' laws do not increase violence
According to Hot Air's Ed Morrissey, a simple look at the statistics shows that states with "stand your ground" laws do not have a noticeable uptick in violent crimes.

Increase in domestic oil and gas production presents danger

Wonkblog's Brad Plummer argues that the recent boom in domestic gas-and-oil production has created more accidents because the country's infrastructure is not quite ready to handle such a large load.

Africa is but an afterthought to the Obama administration

President Obama's recent trip to Africa was more out of obligation than a desire to better know and help the region because his interest has always lied in the Middle East, according to Marty Peretz at The Daily Beast.


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White House avoids answering question about Rolling Stone cover

Press secretary Jay Carney stated that the White House does not have an official stance on the appearance of the Boston bomber on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, reports The Hill's Justin Sink.

King considering run in 2016

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) sees himself as the most serious potential GOP candidate for the presidential race in 2016 and has not ruled out running for the office, according to The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe.

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