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Culture Desk:
Cover Story: John Cuneo's “Carlos Danger”  —  “With a topic like Anthony Weiner, how can you find anything broad or funny that he hasn't already personally breached?” says John Cuneo, the artist who painted next week's cover.  He continues: “Free association made me think of the Empire State Building …
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Inside Edition:
EXCLUSIVE: Sydney Leathers Details Being At Center Of Anthony Weiner Sexting Scandal  —  We're hearing for the first time from the young woman at the center of the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.  —  Twenty-three-year-old Sydney Leathers spoke exclusively to INSIDE EDITION about the raunchy text messages …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Senator Calls For Further Investigation Into Huma's Money  —  Huma Abedin, the wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, AKA Carlos Danger, is facing an ongoing Senate investigation into the consulting fees she earned while also working as a State Department employee for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Talking Points Memo:   Anthony Weiner Graces New Yorker Cover As King Kong Atop Empire State Building (PHOTO)
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Chris Christie: Rand Paul ‘dangerous’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ripping libertarians - including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). - for challenging government surveillance programs and failing to understand the dangers of terrorism.  —  “This strain of libertarianism that's …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Christie Cites 9/11 in Assailing Libertarian Trend in G.O.P.  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Invoking the families of 9/11 victims, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Thursday heatedly denounced the growing libertarian drift on national security in the Republican Party that is favored by Senator Rand Paul …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
What the Chris Christie-Rand Paul Ruckus Really Means
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Rand Paul to Chris Christie: You need to talk to more real Americans
Discussion: Mediaite and msnbc.com
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Drop the Disastrous Plan to Defund Obamacare  —  Conservatives on Capitol Hill think they have a chance to strike a mortal blow against President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul this fall.  If their plan goes forward, however, it will backfire.  —  The plan is to oppose any bill to fund …
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KPBS San Diego:
Four More Women Accuse Filner … Four prominent San Diego women came forth today accusing Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances.  They related specific incidents in an exclusive interview with KPBS News.  —  The latest accusers —a retired Navy rear-admiral, a dean at San Diego State University …
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:   Republicans Work To Turn “War On Women” Attack Back On Democrats
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
San Diego mayor to seek therapy for ‘inexcusable’ behavior
Discussion: CNN
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Fed-up Silda Spitzer plans to divorce Eliot after election  —  Silda Spitzer is privately telling friends she plans to divorce her hooker-loving husband, Eliot Spitzer, Page Six can exclusively reveal.  —  Multiple sources tell us long-suffering Silda — who, he last night admitted …
Joey Fishkin / Balkinization:
And the Shenanigans Begin  —  After Shelby County v. Holder, the big question was how different things would really be.  After all, plenty of places, including states with highly contentious fights about election procedures and redistricting such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, have never been covered anyway.
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New York Times:
U.S. Assures Russia Snowden Will Not Face Death Penalty  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter sent to the Russian minister of justice this week that the United States would not seek the death penalty against Edward J. Snowden, and would issue him a passport immediately …
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Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Taiwan trip center of Peter Roskam investigation  —  The Office of Congressional Ethics is calling for a full investigation into a Oct. 2011 trip by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and his wife to Taiwan, claiming the trip was improperly funded by the Taiwanese government.
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Politico:
House ethics panel investigating four members
Discussion: CNN and BuzzFeed
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:   Ethics Committee extends reviews of Bachmann, three other lawmakers
WITN:
McCrory Signs State Budget, Says He Will Sign Abortion Bill & Voter ID Law  —  Governor Pat McCrory on Friday signed the new state budget, two days after state lawmakers approved the $20.6 billion spending plan.  —  Lawmakers finished their session this morning, passing a flurry of bills.
Associated Press:
Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Students At Occupy Protest Wants Worker's Compensation For ‘Psychiatric Injury’  —  DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Fiscal Armageddon could remake Hill in 2014 elections  —  Not again.  —  That's the message several national GOP strategists and some lawmakers have for Republicans hell bent on waging another fiscal fight this fall.  —  The 2014 midterm season is about to heat up - and President Barack Obama …
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Uh Ho: Obama Says Vietnamese Dictator Inspired by Founding Fathers  —  “...we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”  —  It may come as some unwelcome news to the families …
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Bank Reposseses Wrong House, Refuses To Compensate Victim  —  Katie Barnett, a resident of MacArthur, OH, claims that a bank she doesn't belong to  —  Barnett says she has since presented the president of the bank with an $18,000 estimate to compensate her for the loss, but he has refused to pay her.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Lincoln Memorial vandalized with splashes of green paint  —  The Lincoln Memorial was shut down Friday morning after vandals splashed the statue of the nation's 16th president and the marble floor around it with green paint, U.S. Park Police said.  —  Police are reviewing surveillance footage …
Charlie LeDuff / New York Times:
Come See Detroit, America's Future  —  DETROIT — I KNOW an old woman who hasn't opened her windows in a decade, afraid that what's outside will climb inside.  Inside, there is the stale odor of dead air.  —  I know another woman who called me about a corpse lying outside her window for six and a half hours.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Roberts's Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court  —  WASHINGTON — The recent leaks about government spying programs have focused attention on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its role in deciding how intrusive the government can be in the name of national security.
CNN:
Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham to help out Spitzer's opponent  —  (CNN) - Some big Hollywood names are turning out to support Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as he tries to regain lost ground after former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer jumped into the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller.
Discussion: Politico
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
IRS employee union: We don't want Obamacare  —  IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law.  —  National Taxpayer Employee Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama's health care law.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Steve King Says He Has Personally Caught Undocumented Drug Mules With Cantaloupe Calves  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) defended his claim that undocumented youths are drug mules with cantaloupe-sized calves on Friday, telling The Laura Ingraham Show that he would not apologize for the remarks.
Wall Street Journal:
Student Drought Hits Smaller Universities  —  By - CAMERON MCWHIRTER and - DOUGLAS BELKIN -  —  Loyola University New Orleans faces a $9.5 million budget gap caused by 25% fewer freshmen this fall than it had expected.  —  As Loyola University New Orleans gears up for fall classes next month …
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
 
 
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Fortress IRS  —  Agency stonewalling could permanently harm …
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