Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s Embarrassing Speech Raises Massive Amount Of Money… For Hillary Clinton

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There is nothing quite like watching Sarah Palin struggle with coherency to remind Democrats of what could happen if they don’t go out and support liberal candidates. If the midterms were a rude wake up call, Palin is a flashing warning of just how crazy Republicans are willing to go if they think they can get away with it.

As Republicans have long feared, and Democrats are fast learning, Palin is a massive liability for the Republican Party that hopes to prove that it is a serious political organization. Despite the tendency to do more harm than good, Palin keeps making her way in front of cameras and microphones. The results are usually bizarre, and almost always hilarious.

During the Iowa Freedom Summit, where Palin dropped hints that she may be exploring another run for president, she delivered a rambling, embarrassing speech. A speech so bad that her handlers quickly made the excuse that her TelePrompter was broken and her remarks were off-the-cuff. (Hey, remember when conservatives, including Palin bashed Obama for using a TelePrompter? I do.)

Whether the speech was planned or a bit of free association improvised jazz, the results were disastrous. Even Fox News, the primary enabler of Palin relevancy, seems to want to get as far away from the half-term Alaskan governor as they can.

Her only friends now seem to be Democrats who are eating up each trainwreck with glee. And Palin is making it easy for them. It’s no wonder the Democratic National Convention released a statement after the Iowa speech publicly thanking Palin.

There is reason to be thankful. Palin is already turning her unique brand of idiocy into major profits for the Democrats. For example, during her speech, Palin held up an “I’m Ready for Hillary” magnet in an effort to mock the presumptive Democratic candidate. It was a moment that the “Ready for Hillary” PAC was happy to exploit – with major success.

Later, they expanded on their Palin-based fundraising efforts.

The effort appears to have paid off. Big time. According to Mediaite, “I’m Ready for Hillary” raised well over $25,000 to help her eventually campaign for president. Her (inadvertent) boost to Hillary’s campaign made such an impact that the PAC made Palin an “honorary co-chair” to the organization. Considering the Koch brothers have already vowed to spend nearly $1 billion on ensuring Democrats lose in 2016, this Palin money is going to come in handy.

Meanwhile, Palin will likely not make her own presidential aspirations go beyond a few rallies and television interviews. She may want to consider joining the Hillary campaign full-time. It’s likely the only job offer she’ll have after this election.

GOP Summit—The Good, The Bad And The Absolutely Crazy

Half-Term Governor of Alaska: Sarah Palin | Jim Young/Reuters

 The Daily Beast

GOP presidential contenders flocked to Iowa on Saturday to try out their pitches on the unofficial beginning of the Iowa Caucus. Hint: Sarah Palin has lost her mind.
You’re going to read a lot of analysis of this weekend’s Freedom Summit as the unofficial beginning of the Iowa caucus.Whether that’s true depends entirely on how many of those who attended are still standing one long year from now—and how many of those who didn’t attend (Jeb Bush, Rand Paul) have campaigns that are still alive and well.The event does serve as a gauge for a candidate’s willingness to pander, and it is the beginning of serious media scrutiny for all the candidates as 2016 candidates,not as quaint spectacles (Donald Trump, Ted Cruz) or interesting anomalies (Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina)…. or familiar former presidential candidates, who made up a non-shocking majority of the featured speakers (Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin).

What did we learn?

Palin is past her sell-by date.

It’s the unofficial policy of many serious political reporters (myself included) to not cover Palin speeches.  So it’s entirely possible I missed a key stretch of her decline that would help make sense of, or have prepared me for, the word-salad-with-a-cup-of-moose-stew that she presented.

Sample passage: “Things must change for our government! It isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed! It’s too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change, with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo! Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle class and everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’”

The speech (perhaps a generous description) went on 15 minutes past the 20 minutes allotted other speakers. And even as she ended it, one sensed less a crescendo than the specter of a gong, a hook to pull her off, or—a sincere thought I had—an ambulance to take her… somewhere.

No one else embarrassed themselves out of the race.

The event was organized by immigration hawk Rep. Steve “Cantaloupes” King (with the help of Citizens United) and many pundits fretted (or eagerly anticipated) 47-percent-style gaffes in the service of speakers trying to out-xenophobe each other. I may have missed something, but the anti-immigration rhetoric stayed on the “self-deport” side of offensive. Santorum did some under-the-breath dog whistling in reference to legal immigration, positing that the U.S. is home to more non-native citizens than ever before. He contrasted those non-native-born workers to, ahem, “American workers.” As far as I know, if you work in America, you are an “American worker.” Unless Santorum is thinking of something else.

The soft bigotry of low expectation works!

Scott Walker continues to clear the “not Tim Pawlenty” bar, but no one seems to realize how weak of a standard that is. National journalists cooed over Walker’s relatively energetic speech, apparently forgetting they were comparing it to other Walker speeches. In a similar vein, Chris Christie did not intentionally piss anyone off or bully the audience. Christie gave what seemed a lot like a national-audience speech—probably the only speaker that played it so safe.

Sen. Mike Lee gave some sensible, serious suggestions.

I may be engaging in more expectation management, but I was pleasantly surprised by Lee’s earnest and non-applause-line-ridden speech. He beseeched the audience to look for a candidate that was “positive, principled, and proven”—all while explicitly taking himself out of the running. In what could have been a direct jab at his fellow guests, he quipped, “The principled candidate is not necessarily the guy who yells ‘Freedom!’ the loudest.” He could have been quoting Elizabeth Warren when he softened typical GOP bootstrap rhetoric: “Freedom doesn’t mean ‘You’re all on your own,’” he said, “It means, ‘We’re all in it together.’” Elizabeth Warren would approve.

The GOP is going to need to figure out how to run against someone who is not Obama.

Even Lee, who gave what might be the most forward-looking speech, hung many of his arguments on the framework of undoing what Obama has done. Every other speaker followed suit, and some of the night’s biggest applause lines had to do with the same “fake scandals” that already proved insufficiently interesting to the American people: Benghazi, with a dash of IRS. They speak of repealing Obamacare with the zest of people who think of the House’s own fifty-plus attempts as mere warm-ups. Even their foreign policy script has Obama and the specter of American decline as its primary villains—foes that have defeated them twice before.

Sarah Palin Poses With ‘Fuc_ You Michael Moore’ Crosshairs Sign At Gunshow

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Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper is stirring passions and debate on both sides of the aisle. Not one to shy away from interjecting herself into controversial topics, half-term Governor Sarah Palin propelled herself right in the middle of it today.

While attending the SHOT firearm trade show on Friday Palin posed with two men and held a sign that read “Fuc_ You Michael Moore.” If you’re not able to make out what else is contained, there are two crosshairs in the “O’s.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore ignited controversy with a series of tweets sent last weekend which some considered to be about the film and its subject, sniper Chris Kyle. Moore referred to snipers as “cowards” and relayed that’s how his uncle lost his life while serving in World War II. Never mentioning the film-or Kyle-by name, the tweets kicked up an amazing dust storm on the right. Moore attempted to clarify, claiming he was thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr.-whose birthday was about to be marked, and whose life was ended at the hands of a sniper.

As you may have guessed, that didn’t temper the hate, as we can see in the sign held by the failed vice presidential candidate.

This isn’t the first time Palin has used murderous imagery to target people. SarahPac released an image featuring crosshairs on a map of legislators who voted for the Affordable Care Act that she was “targeting.” One of those targets was then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot in the head a few months later at an event in Tucson.

Apparently Palin hasn’t learned her lesson, and continues to revel in violent imagery and language hurled against those she disagrees with politically.

Posing with a sign featuring crosshairs, at a gun show no less, makes you no better than those who celebrated the deaths of the twelve individuals at Charlie Hebdo, Governor Palin.

10 things you need to know today: October 29, 2014

The unmanned Antares rocket exploded on Tuesday night.

The unmanned Antares rocket exploded on Tuesday night. | (NASA/Getty Images)

The Week

Obama rejects automatic Ebola quarantines of health workers, rocket bound for space station explodes at launch, and more

1. Obama argues against automatic Ebola quarantines
President Obama implicitly criticized automatic quarantines of health workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, saying that “we don’t want to discourage our health care workers from going to the front lines.” Obama did not directly address the controversial quarantine policies imposed by the governors of New York and New Jersey, but he said, “We know that the best way to protect Americans ultimately is going to stop this outbreak at the source.” Liberia’s president called the quarantines a troubling “overreaction.” [The Washington Post]

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2. Iraqi Kurds join fight to save Syrian town from ISIS
About 150 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq arrived in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday on their way to join the fight against ISIS militants trying to take over the Syrian border town of Kobani. The reinforcements were the first to be permitted to travel through Turkey under a new policy allowing foreign forces to cross its territory to join the fight against ISIS in Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said only Iraqi peshmerga fighters and Syrian opposition fighters can save Kobani. [The New York Times, Reuters]

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3. Security increased at federal buildings after Canada attacks
The U.S. is increasing security at some federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and other big cities in response to terrorist threats and recent attacks in Canada, including a shooting in the Parliament building in Ottawa, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson called the decision a “precautionary” move, and did not specify which facilities would get greater protection. “Given world events, prudence dictates a heightened vigilance,” Johnson said. [NBC News]

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4. South Korean spies say Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery
South Korea’s spy agency has concluded that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s mysterious six-week absence from public view was due to ankle surgery, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday. Kim’s failure to appear at public events set off weeks of speculation. Some observers suggested he had dire health problems; others said he might have been brushed aside in a coup. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that Kim had a cyst removed. He reappeared on Oct. 14, using a cane. [Voice of America]

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5. Tsarnaev friend convicted of lying to Boston Marathon bombing investigators
A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on Tuesday of lying to FBI agents. Investigators had asked the man, Robel Phillipos, 21, whether he had been in Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth when two other friends removed a computer and a backpack containing fireworks. Phillipos’ lawyers said he didn’t mean to lie, but had smoked so much marijuana on the day in question that he could not answer the agents’ questions accurately. [The New York Times]

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6. Sarah Palin says she wants to run for office again
Sarah Palin told Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she hopes to make another run for public office some day. The former GOP vice presidential candidate resigned as governor of Alaska in 2009, but remains popular with conservatives. Palin said her critics only inspire her. “The more they’re pouring on the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with a voice,” she said, adding that Republican leaders “need more guts” to pursue the party’s agenda. [The Associated Press]

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7. Hackers attack White House computers
Unclassified parts of the White House computer network have been attacked by hackers in recent weeks, the Obama administration said Tuesday. The cyberattacks did no damage to the system, but efforts to foil the hackers resulted in temporary disruptions of internet service for users. Government cybersecurity experts suspect that the Russian government is behind the hacking. NATO, the Ukrainian government, and U.S. defense contractors also have been targeted in recent months. [The Washington Post]

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8. Phil Collins donates Alamo collection to Texas museum
British rock star Phil Collins brought his collection of Alamo memorabilia — the largest in the world — to the site of a San Antonio museum that will house the donated artifacts. Collins’ collection includes Davy Crockett’s musket ball pouch and a rare Jim Bowie knife. Many of the artifacts had not been near the famous mission since it fell to the Mexican army 178 years ago. “I’m really happy that it’s going here,” Collins said. “It’s where it should be.” [The Dallas Morning News]

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9. Unmanned rocket explodes on launch
An unmanned rocket carrying cargo intended for the International Space Station exploded on launch Tuesday night in eastern Virginia. The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. under a contract with NASA, lifted off the launch pad with 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, then exploded in a giant fireball. Nobody was reported killed or injured. Mission control could not immediately say what went wrong. [CNN]

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10. Royals rout Giants in Game 6 of the World Series
The Kansas City Royals trounced the San Francisco Giants 10-0 in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 Wednesday night in Kansas City. The result of Tuesday’s game was never in doubt after the Royals scored seven runs in the second inning. The Royals have a key advantage as they try to deny the Giants their third Major League Baseball championship in five years — the home team has won the Series the last nine times it went to a decisive seventh game. [The Associated Press]

Palin Goofs: Truth Is Endangered At ‘1400’ Penn Avenue (VIDEO)

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This woman’s fatuous character is both hilarious and pitiful…

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Sarah Palin probably meant “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” when, during a speech at the 2014 Values Voter Summit on Friday, she said there’s a lack of truth coming out of “1400 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

The comments came during a speech Friday at the Values Voter Summit. Palin was describing how conservatives shouldn’t retreat when they’re accused of being racist. Palin said “truth is an endangered species” at “1400 Pennsylvania Avenue.” The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In the same speech Palin said she, like many people, rarely wear jewelry in Alaska where people are more often “out chopping wood or butchering a moose.”

Watch the video of Palin, via Right Wing Watch, below:

Republicans Deploy The Buffoon Squad Of Rick Perry and Sarah Palin To Save Kansas For The GOP

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The title says it all…

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Yeah, this will help. With Republicans losing both the governor and Senate races in Kansas, the GOP is deploying the dream duo of Rick Perry and Sarah Palin to the state to help their sinking candidates.

According to The New York Times, hillbilly brawler Sarah Palin is heading to Kansas to help sinking Senate incumbent Pat Roberts, “Roberts is flying in a motley crew of GOP surrogates — including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush — to stir suspicions about Orman and convince voters that a GOP majority hinges on Roberts’s reelection.”

Meanwhile, the flatlining gubernatorial campaign of Gov. Sam Brownback is looking for a boost from indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Wichita on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. rally at the Republican Party headquarters followed by two private receptions for donors.”

The only way this would make sense is if Republicans thought that the problem with Kansas was that it wasn’t conservative enough. But the very reason Republicans find themselves in jeopardy of losing Pat Roberts’ Senate seat to an Independent is precisely because Governor Brownback purged moderate Republicans from the state legislature 2012.

Those moderates want their state back. They are siding with the moderate/sane people. They are against extremists. Clearly this rules out secessionist cheering Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. Sending Perry and Palin into Kansas as fixers is the equivalence of a white flag surrender.

Yes, Perry and Palin can whip up some frothing hatred, misunderstanding of government and a dazzling ability to con voters into ignoring their own self interest, but Perry and Palin are political failures as politicians. Perry has been indicted and Palin had to quit her “job” as governor after blatantly lying about being found guilty of abusing her power on the trail.

Hate President Obama and think he should be impeached for daring to act as President even though he was elected in a landslide? Perry and Palin are your peeps. Too ignorant to understand just how ignorant these two are? Perfect GOP voter. Need to save your party due to the influence of Republicans like Perry and Palin? Don’t send Perry and Palin to fix that.

Only in the Republican Party could being one of the least popular politicians and being indicted be a bonus. If this sentence is not enough to give Republicans pause, they are never going to fix their national branding issues.

Psst, GOP: When the best solution to your problem — any problem — is Rick Perry or Sarah Palin, you have bigger problems than you know.

Palin Clan Fight Club: The TPM Investigation

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Half-term Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin | AP Photo / Ron Sachs

What would Saturday be without a Palin family drama report…

TPM Livewire

The details that have come out from Saturday night’s party have been almost as jumbled and chaotic as the party itself. Witnesses have said Sarah Palin was there along with her husband, Todd, and other members of their family. Police have confirmed that “some of the Palin family members were in attendance” but have declined to say what their role was or what exactly transpired. Investigators continued to look into the incident this week.

Coyne stands out as the person who has provided the most detailed picture of what happened that night, quoting several eyewitnesses in a lengthy post published on Thursday. But as other news outlets have jumped into the fray, TPM has pulled the most concrete details together, along with our own reporting, for a look at what has come to be known as the “Palin Brawl.”

At least two named sources said the Palin family was at the party and members of the clan were involved in two altercations that night. Both eyewitnesses reported seeing the former Alaska governor herself at the scene. In addition, Coyne spoke to an anonymous source who said Sarah Palin became physically involved in the second altercation.

On Friday, TPM spoke to a neighbor, James Sarafin, who lives on the same street where the party took place. He said he didn’t see much and described the people who live at the house as generally “good neighbors.”

The retired lawyer said he never saw the Palins but he did see the stretch Hummer limousine they reportedly arrived in. Saturday’s party was so loud, Sarafin said, he “could hear the music thumping through the walls of our house.” He looked out at one point and said there were about “20, 25 people out there” who were “mobbing around the front of my house.”

“It was probably after midnight when I heard a bunch of shouting outside,” he told TPM.

The party was held at the home of a man named Korey Klingenmeyer, according to Coyne’s report. It was thrown to celebrate the birthdays of twin brothers Matt and Marc McKenna, who run a paving company in Anchorage where Klingenmeyer worked along with another man named Eric Thompson.

Thompson spoke on-the-record to Coyne about the party and the chaos that later ensued, and he later also spoke to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“It was a really nice, mellow party,” Thompson told Coyne. “Then it turned into the Jerry Springer show.”

Thomspon told the Alaska journalist he saw two girls walking around the party wearing sunglasses, which he found odd since the party was at night. He told Coyne his wife said the girls were Sarah Palin’s daughters, Bristol and Willow Palin.

The Palins had arrived earlier in the night in a stretch Hummer limousine, and Todd Palin also happened to be celebrating a birthday that night, the man told Coyne.

Shortly after everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to the McKenna brothers and Todd Palin, the chaos began.

Coyne spoke to multiple witnesses who agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity and apparently saw the first of two physical confrontations begin.

The first one involved Sarah Palin’s son, Track Palin, who apparently became upset about the presence of his sister Willow’s ex-boyfriend, Connor Cleary, according to Coyne’s report.

Witnesses told Coyne that the Palin son started the fight and that Cleary’s father, Steve Cleary, moved in to try to break it up. That’s when Todd Palin jumped into the mix and allegedly tried to choke the other father, according to the Alaska journalist’s report.

Thompson told the journalist that the fight eventually subsided and that the Cleary family gathered near him after it was over.

Soon, he said, he saw the two Palin daughters walk straight toward Conor’s mother, Melissa Cleary. But before they could get there, the host of the party, Klingenmeyer, tried to intercept them.

Coyne wrote that Thompson and other witnesses saw what happened next. According to Thompson, Bristol “stood straight up, brought her arm back and cold-cocked him right in the face.” She allegedly punched Klingenmeyer six more times before he pushed her aside.

“It was an assault if I’ve ever seen one,” Thompson told ABC News. “It wasn’t a light punch either. She was really hitting him. I’m surprised he just sat there and took it.”

Todd Palin arrived again as the second confrontation broke out, according to Thompson.

The report of Sarah Palin’s involvement in the second confrontation was based on a single anonymous source who spoke to Coyne. The source said the former Alaska governor was “nearly crawling on top of people” during the second melee in an attempt to get into the mix, all while screaming and shouting profanities.

Thompson told “Good Morning America” the ex-governor was yelling “Do you know who I am?” during the commotion, but he stopped short of saying she became physically involved in the fight.

After the second fight was broken up, Thompson told ABC News, the Palins were asked to leave.

Another eyewitness, neighbor Charles Fryer, told the Alaska Dispatch News that he also saw Sarah Palin at the party but that he didn’t know who was involved in the fights.

“I’m too old to fool with that stuff,” Fryer told the Dispatch News.

In her report, Coyne wrote that the Palins got back into the Hummer but didn’t leave until after Track was reportedly seen standing with his shirt off in front of the house, flipping off other departing partygoers.

The Anchorage Police Department told TPM in a statement on Thursday that officers were called to the party a little before midnight because of a “verbal and physical altercation taking place between multiple subjects.” The statement said “alcohol was believed to have been a factor.” A spokeswoman also confirmed members of the Palin family were at the party but did not say whether they were involved in the altercation.

The police were still investigating the fight as of Thursday and no charges had been filed.

The Palins have not released a statement about the ordeal. However, Palin made two Facebook posts that weekend. One, early on Saturday morning, hours before the party took place, mentioned that she had spent time speaking at a faith-based event in Houston.

Sarah Palin Launches Online Subscription Channel

NEW ORLEANS, LA – MAY 29: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Yes, TFC friends, apparently there are people who still want to see and hear from Sarah Palin on a regular basis.  Go figure…

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For $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year you can have access to Sarah Palin’s new online channel. Palin will oversee all content on the channel, which will feature her take on “important issues facing the nation,” and a behind-the-scenes look at her life as a “mother, grandmother, wife and neighbor.” This way you don’t need to filter through the lame stream media to access her pearls of wisdom: “I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms — and no need to please the powers that be. Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Palin created the channel with Tapp, the online-video venture formed by Jeff Gaspin, former chairman of NBCUniversal Television, and Jon Klein, former president of CNN U.S.

Channel members will have the ability to post their own videos to the Sarah Palin Channel, submit questions to her and participate in online video chats with her and other subscribers. Active U.S. military members can subscribe free of charge, according to TAPP.

 

Now read this:

10 things you need to know today: July 28, 2014

Palestinian girls celebrate the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, the festival to end Ramadan.

Palestinian girls celebrate the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, the festival to end Ramadan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The Week

Violence declines under Palestinian-Israeli truce, Congress reaches a deal on veterans’ health care, and more

1. Strikes ease under Palestinian-Israelis humanitarian truce
Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket fire declined sharply on Monday as a humanitarian ceasefire took hold at the start of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Hamas said it wanted a 24-hour truce. Israel said it would respect “an unlimited truce” but would respond to any attack. Palestinian health officials said the death toll in the Gaza Strip had reached 1,032, most of them civilians. [The Wall Street Journal]

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2. Politicians agree on a plan to improve veteran health care
The leaders of veterans’ affairs committees in the House and Senate reached a deal to fix the health-care system for the nation’s veterans. The Veterans Affairs Department has been gripped by scandal for months since reports surfaced of patients waiting months for care at VA facilities and attempts to cover up the failings. VA committee leaders scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference Monday to announce their proposal. [Bloomberg News]

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3. Ukrainian separatists agree to let Malaysian investigators see crash site
Ukrainian troops launched an offensive to retake the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, stalling international investigators’ efforts to reach the site hours after Malaysia reached a deal with pro-Russian separatists to let 68 Malaysian police officers visit the site. Officials in Australia and the Netherlands, where some of the victims were from, also plan to send officers. [The New York Times]

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4. Judge overturns Washington, D.C., handgun ban
A federal judge has ruled that Washington, D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns in public is unconstitutional. The overturning of the city’s ban marked a setback for local politicians who — faced with the nation’s highest murder rate two decades ago — imposed gun laws once seen as some of the toughest in the country. City officials plan to ask for a stay while they decide whether to appeal. [Al Jazeera America]

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5. Liberia closes borders to keep Ebola from spreading
Liberia closed most of its border crossings on Sunday as part of a campaign to impede the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has killed at least 660 people — including two Americans — in West Africa. Only Liberia’s main entry points will remain open, and people there will be subject to inspections and testing. Ebola can kill 90 percent of those it strikes, but the current outbreak has killed about 60 percent. [Reuters, CBS News]

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6. Beach goers hit by lightning at Venice Beach, California
A 20-year-old man was killed and nine other people were injured in a lightning strike at California’s Venice Beach on Sunday. A witness said the jolt blasted roof tiles off of nearby buildings. Around the time of the afternoon incident the National Weather Service tweeted a warning, urging people to stay indoors if they heard thunder. Three other people were injured by the same rare lightning storm elsewhere in Southern California. [Los Angeles Times]

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7. Washington says it has proof Russia is shooting at Ukraine
The U.S. released satellite images on Sunday indicating that Russia was shooting rockets and artillery at Ukrainian forces from across the border to support pro-Russian separatists. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on the phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the need for an immediate ceasefire. Kerry also reportedly told Lavrov that Russia must stop shooting and sending weapons over the border. [The Washington Post]

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8. Man killed by plane crash landing on Florida beach
A father walking with his daughter was killed on a Florida beach on Sunday when a single-engine plane crash landed in the sand. The pilot and passenger in the 1972 Piper Cherokee sent a distress signal before bringing the plane down. Neither person on board was hurt as the plane came to a bumpy stop, but Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia was killed, and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. [New York Daily News]

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9. Sarah Palin Channel launches online
Sarah Palin launched a subscription-based online video network — the Sarah Palin Channel — that she said would allow her to reach Americans with no “politically correct” media filter. “I want to talk directly to you on our channel on my terms,” she said in a video greeting viewers, “and no need to please the powers that be.” The site promises video chats, interviews, and clips from Palin’s events. Access costs $9.95 per month. [MarketWatch]

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10. Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour de France
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday. The 29-year-old Sicilian — who calls himself “a flag-bearer of anti-doping” — was the first Italian to win cycling’s biggest race in 16 years. He won by picking up a second on his rivals wherever he could, then dominating in the grueling mountain phase, where he took three of the four stages he won in the tour. [CBS News]