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Morning Must Reads: July 18

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

In the News: Blame game continues on MH17; Israel launches ground invasion in Gaza; McCain tells GOP pass immigration reform; Is Chris Christie conservative enough for Iowa?

  • 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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