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politics lead

July 16th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Democratic governor swings at White House over border crisis

(CNN) – Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley defended his criticism of Obama administration plans to return thousands of undocumented children to Central America, even after his remarks sparked a heated discussion with a senior White House official.

In an interview with CNN, O'Malley acknowledged that he asked White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz that the immigrants not be sent to a site in western Maryland that was under consideration.

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world lead

July 16th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Four Palestinian boys killed in Gaza shelling

(CNN) – Four children were killed while playing on the beach in Gaza Wednesday.

The boys, ages 9 to 11, died when a shell from an Israeli gunship exploded near them at the Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, according to Palestinian officials.

The Wall Street Journal's Nicholas Casey was in a nearby hotel when the attack occurred. When he got to the scene, he said he saw the burned, twisted, mutilated bodies of the children being pulled from a small hut near the harbor.
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money lead

July 16th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Murdoch's Fox made offer to buy Time Warner

New York (CNNMoney) – Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made an offer to buy Time Warner in June, and Time Warner gave a firm answer: No.

Even so, news of the proposal on Wednesday sent the stock of Time Warner soaring 15%.

Such a deal would be massive: the initial bid was $80 billion. That would value Time Warner at $85 a share, 20% higher than Time Warner has been trading.

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politics lead

July 16th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Roundtable: Will running to the left of Clinton work?

(CNN) – Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton in 2008 by running to her left, and it seems several rumored 2016 hopefuls – Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Martin O'Malley, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren – seem to think that's still a viable route.
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Christie finds himself between 'The Rock' and a hard place

politics lead

July 16th, 2014
01:16 PM ET

Christie finds himself between 'The Rock' and a hard place

(CNN) – Aiming to promote state pension reform while having a little fun, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released a flashy faux movie trailer – and then abruptly yanked it just hours after its YouTube debut on Tuesday.

When asked by CNN's Jake Tapper why it was inexplicably removed, a spokesperson for Christie joked, "it was too much pain for The Rock."
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