Day's End Round-Up

DAY'S END ROUND-UP

FROM THE BLOGS:

A post-racism America?
Jennifer Rubin of Right Turn believes Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech about Trayvon Martin is indicative of his need to “perpetuate a false narrative to sustain the appearance of racism."

Immigration Reform is not about Hispanic voters
Immigration Reform is showing how the Republican party is divided into two: the conservative center and the “angrier” hard right, says Molly Ball of the Atlantic. 

Liz Cheney looking to “dynasty-build”
Daniel Larison of the American Conservative thinks Liz Cheney’s bid for Sen. Mike Enzi’s (R-Wyo.) seat is pointless and just demonstrates a sense of entitlement

Stand Your Ground’s correlation with homicide
Eric Voeten of The Monkey Cage argues Stand Your Ground laws may actually increase the rate of gun-related homicides instead of serving as a deterrent. 

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NRA: Holder exploiting Trayvon Martin death to push gun control agenda
Attorney General Eric Holder asked states to review “stand your ground” laws. However, NRA Executive Director Chris Cox said these laws go hand in hand with self-defense, The Hill's Justin Sink reports.

US Olympic Committee to Graham: Boycotts of games don’t work
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) proposed a boycott on the Olympic games if Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden. The U.S. Olympic Committee said such a boycott would only punish the American athletes competing, The Hill's Julian Pecquet reports.



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America should stand strong against Middle eastern pressure

Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin writes that America should not change its policy regarding Egypt.

National Atheist Party attempting to change image
The National Atheist Party is changing its name to the Secular Party of America in order to attract a new voters, according to The Corner's Dimitrios Halikias.

Hostess considers making snacks healthier
Wonkblog's Lydia DePillis writes that Hostess is considering making its products more healthy to avoid the problems that financially crippled the company in the first place.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz attempt to relate to women voters
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are supporting new legislation on meant to curb sexual assault in the military in order to attract women voters, argues the Daily Beast's Elise Jordan.

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Snowden must stop leaks to gain asylum

The Hill's Justin Sink reports that Russia has agreed to grant Edward Snowden asylum under the condition that he stops leaking harmful information about the U.S.

Gas prices over $3 a gallon permanently
Officials from AAA say gas may never fall lower than $3 per gallon again in the United States, according to The Hill's Zack Colman.

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Obama, the courts, and politics
The Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin thinks Obama is unable to separate politics and law, despite his constitutional law background. 

Farm bill has GOP falling off the wagon
The American Conservative's W. James Antle III thinks the Farm Bill goes against the GOP's mission to be pro-worker and anti-government. 

Right wing anti-Hillary groups coming in strong
Mother Jones' Andy Kroll notes that right wing groups are making large amounts of money from anti-Hillary fund raising movements. The groups are dedicated to taking down efforts by Clinton to run for the White House in 2016, which is an effort only rumored by the former Secretary of State and First Lady. 

McDonnell's actions could cause Cuccinelli seat
The Daily Beast's Michelle Cottle thinks Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has become a cautionary tale, after having political donors pay for personal valuables and expenses, and may take his would be successor, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, down with him. 

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Holder calls for honest discussion regarding Trayvon Martin case
In a speech at the Delta Sigma Theta National Convention Social Action Luncheon, Attorney General Eric Holder said the nation must not "let this opportunity pass" to speak about the issues that the Trayvon Martin case has raised, The Hill's Daniel Strauss reports. 

NTSB denies supplying San Francisco television station with fake Asiana pilot names
Racially insensitive names of the pilots of the Asiana Airlines plane that crashed broadcast by a San Francisco television station reportedly did not come from the National Transport Safety Board. The names were mistakenly confirmed by an intern, The Hill's Keith Laing reports.


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John Boehner's coming Sharknado
Daily Intel's Jonathan Chait compares the looming disasters in the House of Representatives to the popular television movie.

Carney dismisses Obama's past nuclear option opposition
The Corner's Andrew Johnson highlights when President Obama argued against reforming the Senate rules.

George Zimmerman should not have been charged
Investor's Business Daily's Ann Coulter says the Zimmerman murder trial is this year's Duke lacrosse case.

Republicans out of touch on immigration
Daily Kos's Jed Lewison says GOP lawmakers have no idea how outside the mainstream they are on the issue.


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New rules require Justice Department to report on journalist subpoenas
The new guidelines require the DOJ to notify news organizations about any subpoena pertained to reporting by their employees, The Hill's Jordy Yager reports.

Obama administration calls on Egyptian military to release Morsi
The deposed president has been held for the past week in a "safe place," according to the Egyptian military, The Hill's Julian Pecquet reports.

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Rand Paul's anti-Lincoln sentiments
Salon's John Walsh criticizes Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for praising a book that portrayed President Lincoln as a "racist hypocrite."

Terrified GOP pointlessly challenges ObamaCare
The Daily Beast's Jon Favreau scolds
the Republicans who continue to resist successfully implementing ObamaCare, even though evidence suggests that it will be successful.

Veteran denied gun rights due to marijuana charge
The Corner's Lindsey Grudnicki chronicles
the story of a 59-year-old veteran who is unable to purchase a gun in Texas due to a marijuana charge he received in 1971.

Hillary's campaign too much too soon?
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey speculates
that Hillary Clinton's early popularity as a 2016 presidential candidate could actually be detrimental to her campaign.


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Paul leads in support for presidential bid in Iowa
According to a GOP primary poll, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is leading over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in support for a potential presidential bid in the battleground state of Iowa, The Hill's Cameron Joseph reports.

Boehner on ObamaCare: 'Unfair' and 'indefensible'
House Republicans are looking to vote down the Obama administration's decision to delay the implementation of both employer and individual mandates, The Hill's Russell Berman reports.

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The truth about Oregon tuition

Wonkblog’s Dylan Matthews wants to clarify what’s really going on with Oregon’s new plans for tuition.
 
Davis’ pink shoes make a comeback

Texas Republicans are still fighting for their abortion legislation. And according to Josh Vorhees of Slate, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) hasn’t given up challenging them every step of the way.

"Incoherent" poll shows support for Snowden

Fifty-five percent of Americans think Snowden is a whistleblower, not a traitor. However, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey thinks the poll is an “unreliable measure” of Snowden’s support.
 
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may be exactly like his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), but he is not willing to let his “freak flag fly” until he has more support, says The Daily Beast’s James Kirchick.

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Senate fails to move forward with lower student loan rates

The Senate was unable to move forward on a bill that would return student loan interest rates to 3.4 percent, reports The Hill's Ramsey Cox.

Senate panel approves bill banning LGBT discrimination at work

According to The Hill’s Daniel Strauss, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the Employment Non-Discrimination act (ENDA), which outlaws gender and sexuality discrimination in the workplace.

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Zimmerman deserves a fair trial
Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin says the media isn't giving George Zimmerman a fair shake.

US loses leverage in dealing with Egypt
The U.S. is giving up its leverage by not cutting off aid to Egypt, The American Conservative's Daniel Larison writes.

House GOP wants to be even more unpopular
Joan Walsh at Salon says the House GOP's plan to focus on the Ryan budget instead of immigration reform will crater the party's already low approval rating.

Associates of Rand Paul should raise concerns
Talking Points Memo's Eric Lach says Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) habit of surrounding himself with people who have made controvesial and racist comments should be an issue with voters.


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Nominee to head FBI says water boarding is illegal
James Comey, President Obama's nominee for FBI director, has said that he is against water-boarding and will maintain this policy regardless of who is in the White House, The Hill's Jordy Yager reports.

House Democrats push plan for national park on the moon
The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz reports on the two Democratic members of the House pushing for a national park on the moon.

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Immigration reform has a slim chance of passing in House
The Washington Post's Greg Sargent says immigration reform needs around 20 Republicans and most Democrats on board if it's going to pass the House.

Spitzer electable despite scandal
The Daily Beast's Daniel Gross says Eliot Spitzer has a good chance of winning his campaign for New York City comptroller despite his past prostitution scandal.

Gay and civil rights movements share similarities
The American Conservative's David Lamp says there are parallels between the civil rights and gay rights movements.

Obama and the Senate's quick fixes on unbroken items
The Corner's Michael Walsh says Democrats in Washington are hastily trying to fix things that aren't broken.


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White House deals with complexity in Egypt
White House press secretary Jay Carney said that ending aid to Egypt is not presently in the best interest for the United States, The Hill's Justin Sink reports.

Rick Perry will not seek reelection
Texas Gov. Rick Perry won't seek reelection in 2014, but could be ramping up for a potential presidential run, The Hill's Cameron Joseph reports.

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Gay marriage calls for some redefinitions

The American Conservative's John Zmirak argues that the definition of one form of marriage should be abandoned, and that anti-discrimination laws should be re-examined for the case of traditional Christian marriage.

The economy may be up but is the White House down?

Michael Pratt at the American Enterprise Institute highlights a suggestion on CNBC that the White House's agenda is hindered by good jobs reports.

GOP on an anti-abortion mission
The Daily Beast's Michelle Goldberg writes that the GOP, despite having a desire to attract young voters, is determined to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A more focused read
At The Plum Line, Jonathan Bernstein thinks news readers should couple statistics, like the employment report, with context, like Mitt Romney's promised 12 million new jobs. 


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Supporters of Morsi make strong claims
The Hill's Jeremy Herb reports supporters of recently deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, have said they would defend the president "with [their] lives."

New job numbers better than expected
Though the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent in June, employers added 195,000 jobs, which is better than expected. The Hill's Vicki Needham has more.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Transparency serves a double purpose
Wonkblog’s Timothy Lee believes a more transparent government would not only build Americans’ trust, but also crack down on illegal activity.

'Mini-DOMAS' are the new focus
Last week’s strike down of the Defense of Marriage Act doesn’t offer much help for 28,500 same-sex couples who are dealing with state level bans, says Margaret Talbot of The New Yorker.

Is President Obama incompetent?
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey says it’s too early to see if President Obama will be damaged by the recent scandals plaguing the White House.

Paying for 'chaos'
Egypt is on the “brink of chaos,” says Right Turn’s Jennifer Rubin, and if America is going to continue with financially aiding the country, she believes we must have stricter standards.


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West raps Lady Gaga for ‘defiling’ National Anthem with ‘home of the gays’ lyric
Lady Gaga’s rendition of the National Anthem for the New York City gay pride rally was not well received by all, reports The Hill’s Judy Kurtz.

White House responds to petitions, condemns Westboro protests 
A petition asking the White House for an official response to the Westboro Baptist Church was finally answered with the administration calling the group’s activities “reprehensible,” according to Daniel Strauss of The Hill.

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