GOP scrambling on border bill . . . The Hill
House Republican leaders today are scrambling to put together 218 votes to pass legislation responding to the border crisis.
Cruz helps stall the bill . . . Washington Post
The beginning of the collapse of House Speaker Boehner’s border bill came Wednesday evening, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gathered more than a dozen House Republicans at his office in the Dirksen building on Capitol Hill.
Islamic militants seize Benghazi . . . Washington Times
Fighting in Libya escalated Thursday as Islamic militias claimed to control the country’s second-largest city, Benghazi, while foreigners and U.N. workers continued their exodus.
WH: School shelling indefensible . . . Associated Press
The White House says there is little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza and is casting the shelling as “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible.”
Panel: Military cuts leave U.S. weak . . . Washington Times
An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats.
Bored federal workers surfing porn . . . Washington Times
For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he perused it “out of boredom” — for up to eight hours each week.
Stand with Israel . . . Rick Perry
“Those of us who have been to Israel and have seen the effects of these attacks first-hand have a deeper understanding of what the Israeli people are being forced to endure,” Perry writes.
Scarborough turns on Israel . . . Politico
“This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine,” he said, adding the U.S. should disassociate itself from Israel’s actions if they continue.
Cantor to resign from Congress . . . The Hill
Now-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will resign from Congress on Aug. 18, nearly two months after his surprise GOP primary defeat.
The Secret George W. Bush book project . . . Politico
Only his family and friends knew about the secret book project. And, of course, he told the star of the book: his father.