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11:10 AM ET, July 18, 2013


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Chris Frates /
Republicans, White House in Talks Toward Big Fiscal Deal  —  GOP senators and Obama's chief of staff have been meeting for weeks to set a course that might avoid a crisis when America hits its debt limit in the fall.  —  At least a dozen Republican senators are regularly meeting …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On Obamacare, Republicans test the definition of insanity
Discussion: The Fix, Althouse and The Daily Caller
Sam Baker / The Hill:
President to tout ObamaCare savings in Thursday address
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Republicans Pass Dead-End Bill To Delay Obamacare Individual Mandate
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
House passes two bills to delay key Obamacare requirements
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Conversation about race?  Get real  —  Let's take the advice of the attorney general of the United States.  Let's have a national conversation about race in the wake of the Zimmerman case.  Let's make it a painfully honest conversation — except about all the things that are painful for us to admit.
Andrew C. McCarthy / CNN:   Politics shouldn't force federal case vs. Zimmerman
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS lawyer says scandal was overseen by D.C., names names  —  Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency's improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Fox News:
How high did it go? Republicans to step up pressure on IRS at scandal hearing
Discussion: BizPac Review and Scared Monkeys
Bernie Becker / The Hill:   GOP says IRS chief counsel's office had role in Tea Party delays
Hadas Gold / Politico:
DNA test: Rep. Steve Cohen not the father  —  The woman whom Rep. Steve Cohen has been claiming is his out-of-wedlock daughter is not, according to a paternity test revealed on Thursday.  —  CNN had a paternity test done on Victoria Brink with Cohen's participation, although the Tennessee Democrat did not appear on camera.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Cheney in Waiting  —  Dick Cheney's daughter wants to be a senator!  To give Wyoming a conservative voice!  Well, it's about time somebody thought of that.  —  “Over the last several years, citizens across our great state have urged me to consider running for the Senate,” Liz Cheney said, announcing her candidacy via YouTube.
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Cheney calls GOP senator she's challenging ‘confused’  —  Liz Cheney has started a Republican Party family feud with her announcement that she will run for the Wyoming Senate seat held by popular Sen. Mike Enzi.  NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports.  —  Liz Cheney launched her campaign for Senate …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sen. Mike Enzi: I'm not too old
Discussion: Right Turn, PolicyMic, ABC News, CNN and Guardian
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Testy Meeting Among Senate GOP on ‘Nuclear Option’ Deal  —  A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
‘Ridiculous’: Reporters Mock, Sneer At Daily Caller Intern Who Dared Ask Jay Carney A Question  —  The impropriety displayed on Wednesday by a high school-age intern who dared to ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a question relating to the security provided to the family of George Zimmerman knows no bounds.
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ Magazine Online:
Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?  —  That's No Joke.  Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don't laugh.)  The “Most Influential Vice President in History.”  (Seriously, stop laughing.)  One of our nation's most senior statesmen.  (Look it up!)
Brent Weisberg / KOIN-TV:
Vancouver man's gun shooting defense: Biden
Nasser Al-Awlaki / New York Times:
The Drone That Killed My Grandson  —  SANA, Yemen — I LEARNED that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.  —  The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five …
Discussion: emptywheel and Mediaite
U.S. Senators Said to Reach Deal to Temporarily Hold Down Student Loan Rates  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. senators reached a deal on Wednesday to temporarily hold interest rates on student loans at lower levels as they raced to get the measure completed before an August deadline, a Senate aide said.
Jim DeMint back at war with Republicans  —  Jim DeMint's at war with Republicans — again.  —  The tea party firebrand who made his mark in GOP primary races across the country is now at the helm of the Heritage Foundation where its political arm is doing the same thing: holding conservatives feet to the fire.
Marco Rubio stumbles  —  Todd Harris, the usually gregarious consultant to Sen. Marco Rubio, uncharacteristically resisted eight days of calls and emails seeking his thoughts for this column.  When he finally did reply, the answer was: “to be honest, another story about Marco and immigration is not high on Christmas list!!”
Discussion: and Pat Dollard
EndPlay /
Town of Deer Trail considering hunting licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles, bounties for drones  —  ‘They fly in town, they get shot down,’ man says  —  Deer Trail Mayor Franks Fields displays proper drone-hunting technique.  (Photo by Amanda Kost/7NEWS)  —  Regular Photo Size
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP needs ‘lesson on the birds and the bees’ amid abortion fights  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed Republican lawmakers in Washington and in statehouses across the country for attempting to pass new laws restricting abortion rights, saying they needed a lesson on “the birds and the bees.”
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Testimony  —  Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress  —  Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Hensarling, Ranking Member Waters, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to present the Federal Reserve's …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed Chief Reaffirms Fervor for Stimulus
Discussion: News Desk and The Week
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
NSA warned to rein in surveillance as agency reveals even greater scope
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Barrasso touts Keystone, EPA amendments to efficiency bill
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
JPMorgan in Talks to Settle Energy Manipulation Case for $500 Million
New York Times:
Voters Approve of City's Progress, Poll Finds, but Seek Empathetic Mayor
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Robert J. Lopez / Los Angeles Times:
17 people arrested in Zimmerman trial protest in Victorville
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and ABC News
Obama's last campaign: Inside the White House plan to sell Obamacare
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Bill Maher Booed for Tasteless Zimmerman Jokes on CBS Late Show
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Mediaite
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bipartisan group in House closes in on immigration reform compromise
Rolling Stone:
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