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Morning Must Reads: July 18

Jul 18, 2014
  • Israel launches a ground invasion of Gaza. No one knows how it will end. [TIME]
    • 1 Israeli, 20 Palestinians killed in Gaza ground offensive [NYT]
    • "The United States on Thursday reaffirmed its stance that Israel has a right to defend itself but called on its close ally to restrict itself to a "precise operation" as the Jewish state launched a ground campaign in Gaza." [Reuters]
  • Fallen bodies, jet parts and a child's book [NYT]
      • Vladimir Putin: “I would like to note that this tragedy would not have occurred if there were peace in that country, or in any case, if hostilities had not resumed in southeast Ukraine ... And certainly, the government over whose territory it occurred is responsible for this terrible tragedy.” [TIME]
      • World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War." [Reuters]
      • Malaysia Transportation Minister said Thursday flight MH17 did not ignore safety warnings [TIME]
    • Dem base: fine with Hillary Clinton, pining for Elizabeth Warren [Politico]
    • Is Chris Christie conservative enough for Iowa? He says: Who knows? [Des Moines Register]
    • McCain to GOP: If you want to beat Hillary, pass immigration reform [TIME]
    • Here are the House's recommendations for the border crisis [National Journal]
    • Health plans must disclose changes to contraceptive coverage [WSJ]
    • Meet the people arrested hours before D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law took hold [Washington Post]
    • "Senate Democratic leaders plan to do an end run around Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and combine House-passed legislation extending a moratorium on taxing Internet access with a Senate-passed proposal to require online retailers to collect sales tax." [Roll Call]
    • World marks Nelson Mandela day [USA Today]
    • Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on Southern China [CNN]
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