In the news: Israel, Hamas cease fire deal; U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russia; Ted Cruz tackling immigration; Dems using Hobby Lobby in election year; and this week's TIME
- U.S. imposes new sanctions against Russia [TIME]
- ” President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.” [AP]
- Israel, Hamas agree to short cease-fire deal after Israeli strike kills 4 Palestinian boys [TIME]
- Obama likely to seek additional time for nuclear negotiations with Iran [NYT]
- “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to take a hard-line stand that could rile up conservatives just as lawmakers — including two from his home state — are struggling to address the growing humanitarian crisis along the southern border.” [Politico]
- President Obama to unveil infrastructure funding initiative [The Hill]
- Democrats latch on to Hobby Lobby in election year push [TIME]
- University at Buffalo paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech [Washington Post]
- South Carolina Republican says Hispanic immigrants are a lost cause for GOP [National Journal]
- D.C. marijuana decriminalization law takes effect [USA Today]
What’s prettier in print
- Cover: Invasive Species, Coming Soon to a Habitat Near You by Bryan Walsh
- Silicon Valley’s Arrogance is Out of Beta and Ready to Ship by Matt Vella
- The Border and Obama by Joe Klein
- In Hot Pursuit of Cold Cases by Charlotte Alter
- U.S. Navy’s Biggest Ships Are in China’s Sights by Mark Thompson
- Surprise: The Economy Isn’t as Bad as You Think by Roger Altman
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