By Maya Rhodan
August 1, 2014
  • Gaza cease-fire collapses; Israeli soldier believed captured [NYT]
  • House Republicans: the gang who can’t shoot straight [Washington Post]
  • New House leadership, same old problems [TIME]
  • “An unapologetic Ted Cruz dismissed GOP criticism Thursday that he helped sink an emergency aid package for the southwest border, arguing any bill Congress passes must end ‘amnesty’ for undocumented immigrants.” [Politico]
    Meanwhile … Senate Republicans block $2.7 billion border-funding bill [ABC News]
  • Senate sends highway bill to Obama [The Hill]
  • “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel advisory for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in response to an Ebola outbreak ravaging those West African countries, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden announced in a press conference Thursday.” [TIME]
  • After Ebola: Ebola won’t kill us all, but something else might [New Yorker]
  • Poll: Obamacare more unpopular than ever [Huffington Post]
  • CIA apologizes for snooping on Senate staff computers [TIME]
  • “Representative Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican whose last day as House majority leader was Thursday, said on Friday that he would resign his seat effective Aug. 18 in hopes that his successor will be able to participate in the lame-duck session after the November elections.” [NYT]
  • Uganda court annuls anti-gay law [BBC]


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