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10:45 PM ET, July 10, 2013


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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Boehner warns House GOP will be weaker without immigration reform  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged their House Republican colleagues to pass immigration reform legislation in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, with the Speaker arguing that the party would be …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Conservatives Hate All Legislation Now  —  Kill them all, actually.  —  One of the novel developments in conservative thought during the Obama years is a burgeoning hatred not merely for government but for lawmaking.  Before the Obama era, the ends of crafting laws divided the parties, but the means did not.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Immigration Reform Has No Pulse  —  Let's kick things off on a high note today: A body doesn't become a corpse until sometime after it loses its pulse.  That might not be strictly correct biologically speaking.  Biologists probably don't refer to dead bodies as corpses.
Associated Press:
Divided House Republicans grapple with immigration
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Bush urges ‘positive resolution’ for ‘broken’ immigration system
Discussion:, The Raw Story and BuzzFeed
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor  —  A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people.  According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth.
Roy Wenzl / Wichita Eagle:
Charles Koch launching Wichita campaign about economic freedom, government overreach  —  Charles Koch, who runs Koch Industries and contributes to political groups and campaigns, said he will launch a new campaign on Wednesday to laud economic freedom and warn the public about government overreach.
Judicial Watch:
Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests … Document: DOJ Community Relations Service was deployed to Sanford, FL, “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting …
Steve Saleeba / CBS Boston:
‘Free Jahar’ Chant As Boston Bombing Suspect Heads To Court  —  BOSTON (CBS/AP) - A small group of demonstrators showed up at Moakley Federal Courthouse in South Boston on Wednesday to show support for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  —  Tsarnaev appeared in court for his first public hearing.
Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe:
Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev arrives at Boston federal court for arraignment
Discussion: BuzzFeed, News Desk, CNN and Scared Monkeys
Trishula Patel / Washington Post:
Adam Kokesh charged with possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms  —  Police searched the Northern Virginia home of activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody on a charge of being in possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms while also having a gun, authorities said.
Pete Kasperowicz / E2-Wire:
House blocks enforcement of light bulb standards  —  The House on Wednesday voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs.  —  Just like last year, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) …
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer Leads Stringer in Comptroller Race: Poll  —  Former Governor Who Resigned After Scandal Is Frontrunner  —  Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer by nine percentage points in the race for New York City comptroller, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
The NSA slide you haven't seen  —  Recent debate over U.S. government surveillance has focused on the information that American technology companies secretly provide to the National Security Agency.  But that is only one of the ways the NSA eavesdrops on international communications.
Discussion: CNN, Wake up America and Hot Air
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 …
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Egypt Is Arena for Influence of Arab Rivals
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.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
HISTORIC: Senate panel advances trans-inclusive ENDA  —  A Senate committee made history on Wednesday by approving for the first time a trans-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and picking up key Republican support from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Take cameras out of the courtroom  —  As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.  —  Or at least, judges might be encouraged to exclude electronic media from high-profile trials.
Discussion:, FishbowlDC and
Felix Salmon:
Wage deflation charts of the day  —  NELP, the National Employment Law Project, has taken a detailed look at what happened to wages during the recovery — specifically, between 2009 and 2012.  They looked at the annual Occupational and Employment Statistics for three years — 2007 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Begich: Is Palin even a resident?  —  Sarah Palin “quit on Alaska” as governor and “ has lost touch” with her home state, Mark Begich told POLITICO.  —  The Democratic senator said Palin, who said Tuesday she's considering challenging him for his seat in 2014, might not even be a resident …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate Dems heading back to the drawing board on student loans  —  Senators working on a fix for higher interest rates on student loans are headed back to the drawing board after Democrats failed Wednesday to advance their preferred plan to curb the increase.
Discussion: Politico
Patterico's Pontifications:
Lois Lerner in 2011: Receiving a Thick Questionnaire from the IRS Is a “Behavior Changer”  —  A reader sends a very interesting tidbit buried in a November 17, 2011 article about the IRS and not-for-profit universities.  The article is about the IRS making inquiries into …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Snowden: I never gave any information to Chinese or Russian governments l Glenn Greenwald  —  As a new poll shows widespread American approval for him, the NSA whistleblower vehemently denies media claims  —  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, in an interview on Saturday and then again Tuesday afternoon …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Branstad, Braley lead in Iowa  —  PPP's newest Iowa poll finds that Republican recruiting failures in the US Senate race have given Bruce Braley a substantial early advantage.  He leads by margins ranging from 9 to 13 points against the potential GOP candidates.
Discussion: The Hill and Phantom Public
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Wall Street Journal:
Fed Affirms Easy-Money Tilt
Discussion: MoneyBeat and Calculated Risk
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr / Washington Times:
CARSON: Restoring plain and civil speech to politics
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
The Jay-Z and Beyonce bill
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Wall Street Journal:
Ruling Against Apple Could Affect Media Negotiations
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Marco Rubio: Abortion bill a ‘work in progress’
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Rachel Maddow / PolitiFact:
Rachel Maddow says that Ohio budget includes requirement for transvaginal ultrasound
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
George H.W. Bush to visit the White House on Monday
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation:
Why the 2012 election was unusual — and why it wasn't
Associated Press:
John Kerry: Wife's condition improving
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Romney to headline NHGOP fundraiser next month
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, Gawker and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
The Decline of North Carolina
Discussion: @NCCapitol, Hullabaloo and
Yahoo! News:
America no longer world's fattest developed nation, UN report says
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Daily Caller