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6:10 PM ET, July 9, 2013


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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Rebel Yell  —  A close aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) who co-wrote the senator's 2011 book spent years working as a pro-secessionist radio pundit and neo-Confederate activist, raising questions about whether Paul will be able to transcend the same fringe-figure associations that dogged his father's political career.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Rand Paul's team has another white supremacist  —  A top staffer is exposed as a pro-secessionist radical, but it's not the first neo-Confederate on staff  —  Jack Hunter, who co-authored Rand Paul's 2011 book and now directs new media for the Kentucky senator, has a past alter ego as the …
Weekly Standard:
Kill the Bill  —  We are conservatives who have differed in the past on immigration reform, with Kristol favorably disposed toward it and Lowry skeptical.  But the Gang of Eight has brought us into full agreement: Their bill, passed out of the Senate, is a comprehensive mistake.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democrats Plan Challenge to G.O.P.'s Filibuster Use  —  WASHINGTON — In a move that could bring to a head six months of smoldering tensions over a Republican blockade of certain presidential nominees, Senate Democrats are preparing to force confirmation votes on a series of President Obama's …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner And The Right Team Up To Quash Immigration Reform  —  The already narrow path to enacting comprehensive immigration reform pretty much disappeared in the past 24 hours.  —  At the Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner stated a specific policy preference Tuesday that will alienate …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Crucial nuclear option decision arrives for Majority Leader Reid  —  The Nevada Democrat must decide whether to trigger a controversial tactic known as the nuclear option to strip from Republicans the power to endlessly debate presidential nominees.  —  The maneuver entails changing …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama is faulted on leadership
Discussion: CNN, National Review and Reuters
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
In meeting, Democrats say path to citizenship is a must
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Will Eliot Spitzer Even Get On The Ballot?  —  A disjointed campaign operation and tight deadline means collecting 3,750 signatures by Thursday could be a challenge.  “I can't give you specifics, but believe that it is well in hand.”  —  Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer collects signatures …
Margot Sanger-Katz /
White House Has Known For Months Obamacare Implementation Wouldn't Work  —  Last week, it scaled back several required provisions.  They aren't the first.  And probably won't be the last.  —  If you've been reading all the Obamacare stories lately, you might get the impression …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Six Inconvenient Truths About Obamacare
Discussion: Wonkblog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sabotage governing  —  It's not unusual to hear dirty hippie liberal blogger types (and the occasional lefty Nobel Prize winner) point out that today's GOP has effectively abdicated the role of functional opposition party, instead opting for a kind of post-policy nihilism in which sabotaging …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Welcome to the perpetual campaign
Brookings Institute:
Vital Statistics on Congress  —  Data on the U.S. Congress - A Joint Effort from Brookings and the American Enterprise Institute  —  For more than three decades, Vital Statistics on Congress, a joint effort undertaken by Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Tom Mann of Brookings …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Caucus
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
How Much Does a House Seat Cost?
WATCH AND WEEP: HERE'S A VIDEO OF PEOPLE SIGNING A PETITION TO REPEAL THE BILL OF RIGHTS  —  Author and activist Mark Dice on Monday released what may very well be the most depressing “man on the street” video for 2013 (possibly beating “College Kids Who Don't Know U.S. History").
Amanda McCorquodale / The Huffington Post:
Florida Accidentally Banned All Computers, Smart Phones In The State Through Internet Cafe Ban: Lawsuit  —  When Florida lawmakers recently voted to ban all Internet cafes, they worded the bill so poorly that they effectively outlawed every computer in the state, according to a recent lawsuit.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Is Your iPhone Illegal in Florida?
Dallas Morning News:
After 12-plus years, Texas gets a new governor  —  Gov. Rick Perry kisses his wife, Anita, before announcing that he will not run for re-election.  —  By some historical measures, the office of Texas governor is older than the United States, dating to the 17th or even 16th century.
Discussion: Phantom Public
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Secular Society  —  I might as well tell you upfront that this column is a book report.  Since 2007, when it was published, academics have been raving to me about Charles Taylor's “A Secular Age.”  Courses, conferences and symposia have been organized around it, but it is almost invisible outside …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Intimacy in an Iron Lung  —  The developing status of sexual surrogates for the disabled, as part of a right to health and well-being: So wrong?  —  “As my father lay dying and his private nurses washed him, made him comfortable and gave him his medication, they also lingered gently over his private parts as they sponged him.
Discussion: Althouse
Rush Limbaugh:
Tony in Tampa's Blood Pressure Spikes Over Leftist Agenda  —  RUSH: Here's Tony in Tampa.  I'm glad you called, sir.  It's great to have you here.  —  CALLER: Yeah.  Thanks, Rush.  Could you imagine if a Republican had this miserable, destructive record that Obama has with the unending golf, the never-ending vacations?
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh tells caller not to watch Fox
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rent-a-Paramilitaries Freak Out Wisconsin  —  Here's a fascinating little story.  There's been a battle royale up in Wisconsin over an effort to establish a big iron mining operation near Lake Superior, to be owned and operated by a company called Gogebic Taconite.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Eric Cantor plans anti-IRS push  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday will tell House Republicans that he plans floor votes before the August recess on a slew of bills in response to the IRS controversies.  —  The most intriguing: a bill to allow Americans …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: Homeless Shelter Volunteers Are The Real Cause Of Homelessness  —  According to a hedge fund manager writing in the Wall Street Journal, homelessness isn't caused by deep-seated inequities in society, but rather by people like his teenage son who volunteer at homeless shelters.
Discussion: Eschaton
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems pitch national park on the moon  —  Two House Democrats have proposed legislation that would establish a national historical park on the surface of the moon to mark where the Apollo missions landed between 1969 and 1972.  —  The bill from Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Lawrence O'Donnell outraged to read story that isn't about him  —  Our piece on the media's response to the IRS story gets one MSNBC host fired up, inexplicably  —  Alex Seitz-Wald wrote a piece Monday showing how the political press blew the IRS “scandal” out of proportion by immediately treating it as a massive scandal.
Oliver Wainwright / Guardian:
Largest building in the world opens in China  —  Chengdu's New Century Global Centre has its own beach resort, cinemas, shops - and a replica Mediterranean village  —  Beneath smoggy clouds in the Chinese mega-city of Chengdu, waves lap against sandy shores and a salty breeze blows across the beach.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
30,000 California prisoners refuse meals in apparent hunger strike
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Poll: 12 percent back individual mandate taking effect in 2014
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Dan Roberts / Guardian:
US must fix secret Fisa courts, says top judge who granted surveillance orders
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Gov. Bobby Jindal / National Review:
Botching Immigration Again
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, in Letter, Describes Breaking Finger in Prison & Being Denied Treatment
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Why Georgia Gets To Thumb Its Nose At The Constitution's Ban On Executing The ‘Mentally Retarded’
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Detroit's Greek tragedy
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Comey: Waterboarding is torture, illegal
Discussion: Politico
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Russian's tweet on Snowden asylum OK quickly deleted
David Dykes / The State:
SC Gov. Nikki Haley says she was abused as a child
New York Times:
U.S. Considers Faster Pullout In Afghanistan