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4:05 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:
Dems to GOP: Your new anti-abortion push is dead on arrival in Senate
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
In meeting, Democrats say path to citizenship is a must
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
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
New York Times:
Spitzer Redux  —  There will always be candidates for public office who are ethically compromised, temperamentally unsuitable and politically incompetent, but if they insist on running anyway, who has the right to tell them not to?  Campaigns sort out the good public servants from the bad.
Why sex-scarred pols keep coming back for more
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Sex and the Sorriest Pols
Discussion: and The Daily Beast
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?
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh tells caller not to watch Fox  —  Rush Limbaugh had a message for one of his callers: Stop watching Fox News.  —  “Tony from Tampa” called into Limbaugh's radio show on Monday to complain about the lack of outrage from the right over President Barack Obama's policies …
Rush Limbaugh:
Tony in Tampa's Blood Pressure Spikes Over Leftist Agenda
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama is faulted on leadership  —  Supporters and critics of President Obama are looking for leadership on many pressing issues from the White House, but many believe they are not getting it.  —  On Monday, Obama held a Cabinet meeting and spoke about his effort to modernize government databases.
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and National Review
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: The Dish
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Spitzer Tries to Cry: ‘A Lot of Pain.  A Lot of Pain.’  —  On MSNBC this morning, Eliot Spitzer, who's trying to reemerge on the New York political scene, said that he's gone through “A lot of pain.  A lot of pain.”  He then tried to cry:  —  The MSNBC host asked, “So as personally …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Did Spitzer actually tear up?
Discussion: Yahoo! News, BuzzFeed and Jezebel
Michael W. McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
Michael McConnell: Obama Suspends the Law  —  Like King James II, the president decides not to enforce laws he doesn't like.  That's an abuse of power.  —  President Obama's decision last week to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act may be welcome relief to businesses affected …
David Dykes / The State:
SC Gov. Nikki Haley says she was abused as a child  —  GREENVILLE, SC — SC Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday said she was physically abused as a girl by a child-care provider, offering a rare, personal disclosure that she said was meant to underscore the challenge any community faces in protecting its children.
New York Times:
U.S. Considers Faster Pullout In Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” …
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: The Daily Caller
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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Picking Your Poison  —  It's good to see that progressives writers looking at Sean Trende's provocative work on the implications of the “missing white voter” theory of 2012 are being a little more rigorous than conservatives readers.  The latter are quite naturally tending to skip …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
US agency baffled by modern technology, destroys mice to get rid of viruses  —  $170,000 of PCs, printers, keyboards, cameras, and mice destroyed in gross overreaction.  —  The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is an agency in the Department of Commerce that promotes economic development …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Comey: Waterboarding is torture, illegal  —  President Obama's nominee to become the next director of the FBI on Tuesday said that he believes waterboarding is torture and illegal and that he had fought to block the practice while serving in the Bush administration.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Santorum to jump into Texas abortion ban battle  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum's heading to Texas to put his support behind a controversial bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  —  According to a press release obtained by CNN that will be sent later Tuesday …
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Russian's tweet on Snowden asylum OK quickly deleted  —  A Russian lawmaker caused a diplomatic stir Tuesday by briefly tweeting — then deleting — news that NSA leaker Edward Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of asylum.  —  Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament's foreign affairs committee …
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Dan Roberts / Guardian:
US must fix secret Fisa courts, says top judge who granted surveillance orders
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
How Much Does a House Seat Cost?
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Black lawmakers push Obama to take action on gun control
Discussion: CNN
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: Homeless Shelter Volunteers Are The Real Cause Of Homelessness
Discussion: Eschaton
Gov. Bobby Jindal / National Review:
Botching Immigration Again
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Intimacy in an Iron Lung
Discussion: Althouse
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, in Letter, Describes Breaking Finger in Prison & Being Denied Treatment
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
No Brief for This Town  —  Brother Jim Geraghty partially defends …
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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
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Political Cybersquatter Strikes Again
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Lawsuit Aims to Overturn Pennsylvania's Ban on Gay Marriage
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Problem With the ‘Privacy Moderates’
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, The Reaction and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Questions for Snowden  —  In a June 2012 Guardian column …
Discussion: Politico, Poynter and Guardian
Kathy Gill / The Moderate Voice:
What The Texas GOP Hopes No One Will Say Out Loud: Proposed Bills Weaken Inspections …
Discussion: Shakesville, Reuters and Yahoo! News