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1:20 PM ET, July 10, 2013


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Corrie MacLaggan / Reuters:
Texas House approves sweeping abortion restrictions  —  (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives approved sweeping abortion restrictions on Tuesday, including a ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tougher standards for clinics that perform the procedure.
Annrose / Daily Kos:
Interview with Victorian Prude the woman forcibly removed from testifying in Texas  —  Feel free to ignore any questions you would not care to respond to no explanation needed.  Also feel free to add anything you would like to say that I don't cover or ask about.  —  First off, what was your prepared statement?
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Texas Abortion Bill Author In 2007: No Health Care For Unborn Because 'They're Not Born Yet'  —  WASHINGTON — Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), the author of the radically anti-abortion bill making its way through the Texas Legislature this week, argued for hours on Tuesday that lawmakers …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Texans Call Out Rick Perry: If You Want To Reduce Abortions, Then Back Sex Ed
Discussion: Unfair Park and The Raw Story
Immigration reform heads for slow death  —  Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics.  Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse.  —  In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform …
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Bush urges ‘positive resolution’ for ‘broken’ immigration system
Obamacare Delay Increases Costs and Complications
Justin Bieber Pisses Into Restaurant Mop Bucket — ‘F*** Bill Clinton!’  [VIDEO]  —  PISSES INTO RESTAURANT MOP BUCKET  —  ‘F*** Bill Clinton!’  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Justin Bieber is an oblivious, self-important little twit who goes out of his way to make the working man's life miserable …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Wal-Mart says it will pull out of D.C. plans should city mandate ‘living wage’  —  The world's largest retailer delivered an ultimatum to District lawmakers Tuesday, telling them less than 24 hours before a decisive vote that at least three planned Wal-Marts will not open in the city if a super-minimum-wage proposal becomes law.
Alex Barron / Washington Post:
Wal-Mart: The D.C. Council has forced our hand
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
McDonnell's corporation, wife allegedly benefited from $120,000 more from donor  —  RICHMOND — A prominent political donor gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his sister last year, and the governor did not disclose the money as a gift or loan, according to people with knowledge of the payments.
Romney to headline NHGOP fundraiser next month  —  Mitt Romney will headline a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party next month, in what is believe to be his first political fundraiser since last year's presidential campaign, WMUR Political Scoop has learned.
James Hohmann / Reuters:
Sarah Palin considering 2014 Senate bid  —  Sarah Palin opened the door Tuesday to running for Senate next year in Alaska.  —  “I've considered it because people have requested me considering it, but I'm still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that ... there will be some new blood …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Sarah Palin Considering 2014 Senate Run
Russell Simmons / The Huffington Post:
Just in Case George Zimmerman Walks Free...  Like so many people across the country, I have followed the murder trial of George Zimmerman very closely.  As we enter what is probably the last week of the trial, I am sure that everyone is anxious about the outcome.
Emad Mekay / Al Jazeera English:
Exclusive: US bankrolled anti-Morsi activists  —  Berkeley, United States - President Barack Obama recently stated the United States was not taking sides as Egypt's crisis came to a head with the military overthrow of the democratically elected president.  —  But a review of dozens …
Discussion: The Hill and Business Insider
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Egypt Is Arena for Influence of Arab Rivals
Discussion: Mondoweiss and The Reaction
John O'Connor / Associated Press:
Illinois enacts nation's final concealed-gun law  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court's deadline.  —  Both chambers of the Legislature voted …
New York Times:
The Decline of North Carolina  —  Every Monday since April, thousands of North Carolina residents have gathered at the State Capitol to protest the grotesque damage that a new Republican majority has been doing to a tradition of caring for the least fortunate.
Discussion:, Hullabaloo and @NCCapitol
Talking Points Memo:
Mike Lee Slams Obama For Trying To Fill Judicial Vacancies  —  Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) attacked President Obama on Wednesday for seeking to fill three judicial vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that those seats need not be filled before the court can function without them.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Kerry chokes back tears in first comments on wife's health scare  —  Secretary of State John Kerry choked up on Wednesday while thanking well-wishers for their support after his wife fell ill earlier this week.  —  Kerry said his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is “doing better” and “improving” …
Discussion: Associated Press
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
A brand-new U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan.  And nobody to use it.  —  The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war.  A vast operations center with tiered seating.
Yahoo! News:
America no longer world's fattest developed nation, UN report says  —  We did it, America!  —  According to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the United States is no longer the world's fattest developed nationMexico is.
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Daily Caller
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Whistleblowers  —  Two data points and a question.  —  Point one: Daniel Ellsberg yesterday in the Washington Post, in a piece on the Snowden case, referred to what might, surprisingly, be called the more easygoing legal climate of 1971, when he gave the Pentagon papers to the New York Times …
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Intelligence panels cut off aid to Syrian rebels by restricting funds
Lori Mitchell / WKRN-TV:
Naked wife distracts victim while husband burglarizes home
Discussion:, CNN and The Daily Caller
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Explaining Eliot  —  He's bonkers — and always was
Discussion: Politicker
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Andy Sanborn, New Hampshire State Senator, Compares Obamacare With San Francisco Plane Crash
Discussion: ThinkProgress and WMUR
 Earlier Items: 
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Martin Was Shot as He Leaned Over Zimmerman, Court Is Told
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans in Favor of National Referenda on Key Issues
The Atlantic Online:
Men and Women Often Expect Different Things When They Move In Together
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Effects of Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Start Rippling Out Through Government