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8:05 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.
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 …
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 …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Welcome to the perpetual campaign
Hillary Reinsberg / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Wanted Broccoli In The White House Back In 1992  —  Obama said it was his favorite food Tuesday.  A photo of Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore from the 1992 campaign next to a sign reading, “Let's put broccoli in the White House again!” shows a history of White House support for the green vegetable.
Discussion: Washington Wire
New York Times:
House G.O.P. Pushes Delay on Individual Mandate in Health Law
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Poll: 12 percent back individual mandate taking effect in 2014
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama is faulted on leadership
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Reuters and National Review
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Crucial nuclear option decision arrives for Majority Leader Reid
Micah Cohen / FiveThirtyEight:
Rubio Is Losing Support Among Republican Voters  —  Until recently, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had occupied something of a sweet spot in Republican politics: a favorite of the Tea Party but also trusted by the establishment wing of the G.O.P.  —  Mr. Rubio's embrace of comprehensive immigration reform …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Republican Women Cringe As Men Lead Abortion Fight
Discussion: Daily Kos and
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").
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 …
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?
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: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
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: Taylor Marsh, BOR and Phantom Public
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
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?
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
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 …
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Will Texas' History Of Intentional Race Discrimination Come Back To Haunt It?  —  Texas is on the front lines of an important test case about whether a centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act can be salvaged after the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the law.
Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
30,000 California prisoners refuse meals in apparent hunger strike  —  Protesting California prison policies of indefinite isolation, inmates signal beginning of a hunger strike by refusing meals.  —  John A. Imani, seen right, joins about 75 demonstrators in front of the Ronald Reagan State …
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
Riva Gold / The Atlantic Online:
Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism's Financial Crisis  —  New numbers from the American Society of News Editors show that the progress of women and minorities in media has halted.  —  The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) recently released its annual study of newsroom diversity.
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
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Rush Limbaugh:
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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
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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