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Gaza Violence Continues; Obama Prepares Russian Sanctions—THE EDGE

By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Hours after Israel accepted a cease-fire proposal, it resumed airstrikes when rockets from Gaza did not let up. The Obama administration is preparing unilateral sanctions against Russia as tension escalates with Ukraine. House Republicans are working on a less expensive counteroffer to Obama's funding request to address the border crisis. And the House voted to extend a ban on Internet taxes forever.

 

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FIGHTING RESUMES IN GAZA. A cease-fire proposal put forward by the Egyptian government collapsed soon after Israel accepted it when rockets from Gaza prompted Israel to resume airstrikes. The death toll in Gaza rose to at least 185; the conflict took its first Israeli life today. (Rudoren and Barnard, New York Times)

U.S. CONSIDERING UNILATERAL SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA. The move "reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow." (Julie Pace, AP) Meanwhile, things get heated between Russia and Ukraine. (Paul Sonne, Wall Street Journal)

HOUSE REPUBLICANS' IMMIGRATION COUNTEROFFER. House Republicans are drafting a plan to address the border crisis that doesn't even begin to approach President Obama's $3.7 billion request. (Billy House, National Journal)

 

HOUSE VOTES TO KEEP INTERNET UNTAXED. The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act would bar the government from taxing users for access to the Internet and end taxes in seven states that existed before the first Internet tax ban was signed in 1998. (Dustin Volz, National Journal)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: At 10 a.m., acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson will testify in front of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. Also at 10, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing called "Iran's Destabilizing Role in the Middle East." At the same time, the House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on a resolution to initiate litigation against the president. Also at 10, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the border crisis.

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MILLENNIALS! MILLENNIALS! MILLENNIALS! We love talking about the next generation of Americans. But we millennials still need to figure a few things out before we run the show—our political views make no sense. (Derek Thompson, The Atlantic)

GERMAN INVESTIGATORS GO OFFLINE. To avoid being spied on, a committee tasked with investigating NSA snooping in Germany is turning to old technology: a manual typewriter. (Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica)

 

BORN THIS WAY. There's mounting evidence that the differences between liberals and conservatives are, at least to some extent, biologically determined. (Chris Mooney, Mother Jones)

TYPE A. More than a century after an Austrian physician discovered that not all humans' blood is the same, we still don't really understand blood types. (Carl Zimmer, Mosaic)

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RAKING MUCK IN SILICON VALLEY. New York Magazine profiles Kara Swisher, a tech journalist in Silicon Valley who is feared and respected by the top players in the game. (Benjamin Wallace)

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THIS MAP IS OUT OF THIS WORLD. Because it's a map of Mars. The map is the result of work done over 16 years and by four orbiting spacecraft. (Betsy Mason, Wired)

PLAY OF THE DAY: Billionaires are stepping in to push immigration reform, reporters in Gaza and Tel Aviv demonstrate the differences in casualties on each side, and Rick Perry believes deportation is the "humanitarian" response to the border crisis. (Mauro Whiteman, National Journal)

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