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10:35 AM ET, July 11, 2013


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New York Times:
Republicans in House Resist Overhaul for Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — Meeting for the first time as a group to hash out their approach to immigration, House Republicans on Wednesday came down overwhelmingly against a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' Obamacare search-and-destroy mission  —  Watching House Republicans' latest complaint about Obamacare brings to mind the joke Woody Allen used to open “Annie Hall,” about two elderly women at a Catskills resort.  —  “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible,” says one.
Tom Cotton / Wall Street Journal:
It's the House Bill or Nothing on Immigration  —  What's to stop President Obama from refusing to enforce the Senate bill's border-security promises?  —  America is a nation of immigrants, but we're also a nation of laws, and the U.S. immigration system should respect both traditions.
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 …
Jeff Sessions / National Review:
Sessions: How GOP Can Turn Immigration Debate On Its Head  —  The White House and their congressional allies believe that the Senate immigration bill can be used as a political cudgel against House Republicans.  —  They are wrong.  If Republicans do the right thing, they will not only turn …
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Booman Tribune
Politico:   GOP reaching out to Dems on immigration
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House to vote on farm bill in big test for Boehner, GOP leaders
Discussion: The Plum Line
Lee Stranahan / BREITBART.COM:
TRAYVONGATE: NEWEST OBAMA SCANDAL IS 17 MONTHS OLD  —  The newest Obama scandal is seventeen months old.  —  Welcome to Trayvongate, where the President of the United States used both the bully pulpit, the Department of Justice and sly media manipulation to gin up charges of racism in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting.
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Ex-Sanford police chief: Zimmerman probe ‘taken away from us’  —  (CNN) — The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked “in a number of ways” by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.  —  Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial …
Judicial Watch:
Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests
New York Times:
Sudden Improvements in Egypt Suggest a Campaign to Undermine Morsi  —  CAIRO — The streets seethe with protests and government ministers are on the run or in jail, but since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, life has somehow gotten better for many people across Egypt …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Egypt's preferable tyranny
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Tim Huelskamp hits Barack Obama, Bill Clinton  —  Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp on Wednesday managed to jab both President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton in less than 140 characters.  —  The outspoken Republican tweeted that he doesn't trust Obama on border security any more than the 42nd president with women.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: Trusting Obama On Border Security Like Trusting Clinton With Your Daughter
Discussion: The Raw Story
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 11, 2013 - American Voters Say 2-1 Stay Out Of Syria, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Drop In Foreign Policy Approval Keeps Obama Score Low  —  American voters say 61 - 27 percent that it is not in the national interest to be involved in Syria and oppose 59 …
New York Post:
Spitzer a no-show in 2012 election vote after writing column about voting for Obama  —  Eliot Spitzer failed to vote in last year's presidential election — just four days after penning a column proclaiming “Why I Am Voting for Barack Obama,” The Post has learned.
Discussion: Politico, Post Politics and Politicker
Lauren Pack / Dayton, Ohio, News and Information:
Man arrested for having sex with pool raft  —  HAMILTON —  A Hamilton man repeatedly arrested for public indecency has again been indicted after a child saw him engaging in sex with a rubber raft last month, according to police.  —  Edwin Charles Tobergta, 34, of 1320 Harmon Ave. …
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.
Regina Medina /
Kane won't defend Pa. in gay-marriage suit, sources say  —  Attorney General Kathleen Kane is expected to announce Thursday that her office won't defend the state in a federal lawsuit that challenges Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage, the Daily News has learned.
Kurt Schlichter /
Time to Throw Out Second Best GOP Senators  —  Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is a loyal Republican, a decent guy, and generally a good senator.  He also needs to retire from the Senate because he is not good enough, and I don't care if that makes him sad.  —  The New York Times probably thought …
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.
Jon Schuppe /
Eliot Spitzer at 1st Place in Comptroller Race, Leads Scott Stringer by 9 Points: NBC NY/WSJ/Marist Poll
Reid Wilson /
A Decade After McCain-Feingold, Election Spending Spikes  —  Next year's midterm elections expected to cost around $3.5 billion.  —  A decade after Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold spearheaded sweeping campaign finance reform legislation, a series of judicial and legislative setbacks …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans More Pro-Immigration Than in Past  —  Record-low 35% want flow decreased; support for increasing it now 23%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As House Republicans and Democrats each met separately this week to consider how to handle immigration reform, Americans remain more accepting of immigration than they were even a few years ago.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:
The Decline of Black Power in the South  —  To understand the depth of the damage that the Supreme Court's June 25 decision, Shelby County v. Holder, has inflicted on the voting rights of African-Americans, you have to measure it against the backdrop of the takeover of state legislatures, primarily in the South, by the Republican Party.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Carry Forward  —  Illinois joins the rest of the states in permitting concealed guns.  —  “This is a historic, significant day for law-abiding gun owners,” the Associated Press quotes Rep. Brandon Phelps as saying.  “They finally get to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Jezebel
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) …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Spin Machine Revs Up  —  Team Obama works hard to limit the political damage of the health law in the 2014 elections.  —  There's been a recent flurry of activities attempting to boost the Affordable Care Act.  In mid-June, for example, President Obama's “Organizing for Action” …
Discussion: National Review
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U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels stalls amid congressional disagreements
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Q: What do porta-potties, coffee cups and airplanes have in common? A: Obamacare.
Washington Post:
Gov. McDonnell must answer questions about scandal
Radley Balko / Salon:
Militarized police overreach: “Oh, God, I thought they were going to shoot me next”
Victoriah / Greenpeace UK blog:
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
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Paul Krugman:
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