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5:05 PM ET, July 18, 2013

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Chris Frates / NationalJournal.com:
Republicans, White House in Talks Toward Big Fiscal Deal  —  GOP senators and Obama's chief of staff have been meeting for weeks to set a course that might avoid a crisis when America hits its debt limit in the fall.  —  At least a dozen Republican senators are regularly meeting …
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Politico:
Marco Rubio stumbles
The Fix:
Senate immigration plan wins majority support from public
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
What happened to Benghazi probe?
Discussion: Althouse, Chicago Boyz, Hot Air, CNN and The Hill
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ Magazine Online:
Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?  —  That's No Joke.  Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don't laugh.)  The “Most Influential Vice President in History.”  (Seriously, stop laughing.)  One of our nation's most senior statesmen.  (Look it up!)
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood To Close Three Texas Clinics  —  Planned Parenthood on Wednesday informed staff at three of its facilities in Texas that they would be closing, according to people familiar with the decision.  —  The three clinics are located in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin, Texas.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS lawyer says scandal was overseen by D.C., names names  —  Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency's improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee.
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Darrell Issa / USA Today:
Rep. Darrell Issa: IRS Tea Party trail leads to DC
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Raw Story
Committee on Oversight & Government Reform:
IRS Chief Counsel's Office Demanded Information on 2010 Election Activity of Tea Party Applicants
Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Goes to Washington
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Back in Black - New York Versus Texas  —  Rick Perry tries luring New York businesses to Texas, but Lewis Black is none too impressed with the Lone Star State.  (06:36)
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
House Republicans Cave On Marriage Fight  —  “[T]he House now seeks leave to withdraw as a party defendant.”  House Republicans stop defending statutes similar to the Defense of Marriage Act that ban recognition of same-sex couples' marriages.  —  Via: J. Scott Applewhite / AP
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Testy Meeting Among Senate GOP on ‘Nuclear Option’ Deal  —  A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans.
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Yahoo! News:
The Senate's Nuclear Deal Isn't Enough for One Senator
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post
Jon Lovett / Salon:
Liz Cheney for Senate  —  Vicious, cynical and talented Liz Cheney is perfect  —  Liz Cheney, the infamous political operative and daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, announced last night that she is running for Senate.  After careful consideration, I believe this is welcome news …
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Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama, daughters catch Beyonce while in town  —  Staff report  —  First lady Michelle Obama, in town to spotlight school career programs, took a side trip with her daughters to a Beyonce concert at the United Center Wednesday night.  —  A motorcade carrying Obama and her daughters …
Discussion: Reuters, Gawker and Weasel Zippers
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama to Chicago teens: ‘I was you guys’
Discussion: CNN
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Moscow Trip for Obama May Be Off as Snowden Tensions Build  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama may cancel a scheduled trip to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin in September as the standoff over the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor seeking asylum there …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements  —  Congressman Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, said today on the House floor that survivors of the Benghazi terror attack have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements:  —  “On Tuesday I raised the question …
Michael Simkovic / Concurring Opinions:
Brian Tamanaha Says We Should Look at the Below Average Outcomes (And We Did)  —  Brian Tamanaha's response to The Economic Value of a Law Degree, as reported by Inside Higher Education doesn't capture the contents of the study.  According to IHE, Tamanaha said:
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Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
Debating, Yet Again, the Worth of Law School
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Prominent Democrats Are Now Comfortable With Racial and Ethnic Profiling  —  How else can one interpret President Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer saying that the NYPD's Ray Kelly would make a good secretary of Homeland Security?  —  On Wednesday, President Obama assured a Univision reporter that Ray Kelly …
Discussion: Colorlines, National Review and NY1
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
For Coalition Politics; Against Hypocrisy Trolling
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
The Obamacare provision that terrifies insurers  —  President Obama is set to speak this morning about how the health-care law is cutting premiums for millions of Americans.  His remarks will focus on a small Affordable Care Act provision known to health wonks as the “medical loss ratio.”
Rich Yeselson / Politico:
Ted Cruz is a legitimate 2016 threat  —  Ted Cruz is heading to Iowa this week for the state GOP's summer picnic.  He's going to New Hampshire to speak before the Republican State Committee on Aug. 23 He visited South Carolina, another early primary state, in May.
Nasser Al-Awlaki / New York Times:
The Drone That Killed My Grandson  —  SANA, Yemen — I LEARNED that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.  —  The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five …
Ramsey Cox / E2-Wire:
Senate votes to end debate on McCarthy's nomination to lead EPA  —  The Senate voted 69-31 Thursday to end debate on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  —  More than 10 Republicans voted with Democrats to advance McCarthy's nomination process.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Hadas Gold / Politico:
DNA test: Rep. Steve Cohen not the father  —  The woman whom Rep. Steve Cohen has been claiming is his out-of-wedlock daughter is not, according to a paternity test revealed on Thursday.  —  CNN had a paternity test done on Victoria Brink with Cohen's participation, although the Tennessee Democrat did not appear on camera.
Discussion: CNN and FishbowlDC
John Cook / Gawker:
Here's Where Your Crackstarter Money Is Going  —  As you may recall, roughly six weeks ago we succeeded in raising $200,000 from readers in an effort to purchase and publish a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.  I'm disappointed to announce definitively that the money …
Discussion: Guardian and canada.com
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
John Boehner Insists It's ‘Nonsense’ 112th Congress Was Least Productive, Even Though It Was
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Berkeley Brean / Rochester, NY News:
Valet parked cars searched under TSA regulations
John Gizzi / NewsMax.com:
Rep. Peter King Mulls 2016 Presidential Bid
Discussion: ABC News and Ballot Box
Norman Ornstein / Washington Post:
Let's enact a new Voting Rights Act
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On Obamacare, Republicans test the definition of insanity
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