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August Escape From D.C. On Pause?

By Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) and Marina Koren (@marinakoren)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: House Republicans pulled a vote for border legislation at the last minute, leaving the issue in limbo before the August recess. The CDC said that it doesn't want Americans to travel to three West African nations because of the Ebola outbreak. The CIA admitted to hacking into Senate computers, and then apologized. International monitors finally reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, two weeks after it went down.

 

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... ABOUT THAT BORDER CRISIS. House Republican leadership pulled a $659 million border bill after it became clear that Speaker John Boehner did not have enough votes to pass it. Everything is up in the air right now, which is where lawmakers probably want to be, too—flying home for vacation. (House/Alberta/Catalini, NJ)

CIA ADMITS TO HACKING SENATE COMPUTERS. Director John Brennan has apologized to Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss because his employees hacked into computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers to investigate the CIA's Bush-era interrogation practices. Brennan's previous line on the matter? "Nothing could be further from the truth." (Volz, NJ)

CDC TO AMERICA: AVOID EBOLA-STRICKEN NATIONS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert advising all U.S. residents to avoid "nonessential" travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea because of the Ebola outbreak, the worst in recorded history. The virus, after all, is just one plane ride away. (Koren, NJ)

 

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: It's August, meaning everyone is about to leave town for an overdue vacation. But House Republicans may stick around the Capitol for a 9 a.m. closed-door meeting on border legislation. Employment data for July will be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at 8:30 a.m. Economists expect a gain of 231,000 jobs last month.

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HOW MANY OF YOUR TWITTER FOLLOWERS ARE HUMAN? Hint: A lot. (Zachary Seward, Quartz)

TED CRUZ IS THE MOST HATED MAN IN CONGRESS. "You may not have heard much from [Cruz] lately, but on Thursday, he came back with a force in blowing up House Republicans' bill to address the border crisis." (Danny Vinik, TNR)

THESE MAPS DO NOT EXPLAIN THE MIDDLE EAST. But they are 15 maps that shed some insight on the always complicated and fluid region. (Nick Danforth, The Atlantic)

 

ONE COP TO TICKET THEM ALL. In Seattle, a single police officer issued 80 percent of the city's marijuana tickets in 2014 so far. In one case, "the officer indicated he flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to cite." Well, then. (Reuters)

EXPERTS HAVE FINALLY REACHED THE MH17 CRASH SITE. Here's what they found once they got there, two weeks after the plane went down. (Kramer/Roth, NYT)

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MEET THE KIDS WHO BEAT AUTISM. New research shows that "a small but reliable subset of children really do overcome autism." (Ruth Padawer, NYT Magazine)

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WHAT'S THE BIGGEST THING WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE CITY LIFE? The Atlantic asks a bunch of people.

THE WEIRD LOGIC BEHIND CORPORATE INVERSION. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart want to figure out why corporate inversions make sense—and what Congress will do about them. (Hint: They don't make sense, and Congress will probably do nothing.) (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

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The day's action in one quick read."

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