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Obama Disappoints Cold War Fans—THE EDGE

By Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) and Matt Berman (@Mr_Berman)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russia, following a round of tighter sanctions set by the European Union.The House is out with legislation meant to fix the burgeoning border crisis, but the funding request is far short of what the Senate and White House say is necessary. Israel isn't ready to quit fighting. Patrick Leahy introduced a new and improved NSA reform bill that has a diverse array of backers, but expect resistance.

 

 

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OBAMA ANNOUNCES SANCTIONS ON RUSSIAN BANKS, DEFENSE FIRM. The sanctions also bar future tech sales to Russia's oil industry. "Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says," Obama said from the South Lawn. But he added: "It's not a new cold war." (NYT)

 

 

HOUSE GOP UNVEILS $659 MILLION BORDER BILL. The bill to address the unaccompanied-minor crisis at the border could pass the House, but the funding is way short of what the Senate and White House are looking for. (Roubein and Alberta, NJ)

 

ISRAEL'S NOT BACKING DOWN. Netanyahu told John Kerry that Israel will continue its operation in Gaza as Operation Protective Edge expands. (Live updates from Haaretz)

PATRICK LEAHY HAS A NEW, BOLD PLAN TO UPEND NSA SURVEILLANCE. The Senate Judiciary chairman has cobbled together support from the administration and privacy zealots—and even Ted Cruz!—for his new, meatier NSA reform bill. Notably less enthusiastic about the bill? Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who may fear it goes too far, and Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, who think it doesn't go far enough. (Volz, NJ)

 

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Big day on the Hill as we inch nearer to recess. The House is expected to vote on the Veteran Affairs deal.

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HOW DO PEOPLE GET EBOLA? Eating bats, washing the bodies of victims, and a dearth of doctors are contributing to the worst outbreak ever. (Olga Khazan, The Atlantic)

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WHAT SCARES YOU ABOUT THE INTERNET: A lot more people worry about having their financial and shopping data comprised than worry about others finding out about their porn-watching habits, according to a new study. (Kate Tummarello, The Hill)

FACEBOOK'S NEW YORK OFFICE EXPLAINS ITS MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY. "We don't have a slide; we don't have things that I think might have been interesting but not functional. We have a coffee bar because people love coffee. We have a library because we do a lot of research, and people need a space to do some reading or get away from the hubbub of New York." (Max Niesen, Quartz)

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UBER HAS A STRANGE LINGUISTIC HISTORY. From Nietzsche to Nazi eugenicists, "uber" is a German word and prefix that has a complicated, winding, and tricky backstory. (Britt Peterson, Boston Globe)

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ALL THE CANNABIS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT. The New York Times is down with legalizing weed, and Jon Stewart reveals just how low his his level of faith in John Kerry's shuttle diplomacy has sunk. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

WASHINGTON IS BEAUTIFUL. These 50 people are, anyway, according to The Hill's newest annual "most beautiful" list. Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker make the list, as does White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Notably absent are the authors of today's edition of National Journal's The Edge.

ONE MAP SHOWING THE GEOGRAPHY OF DEBT IN THE U.S. The coasts take on the greatest amounts of debt, while Southerners suffer the most from overdue bills. (Cook/Stamm, NJ)

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Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

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