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3:30 PM ET, July 24, 2013


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New York Times:
Mr. Weiner and the Elusive Truth  —  At some point, the full story of Anthony Weiner and his sexual relationships and texting habits will finally be told.  In the meantime, the serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye …
Daily Mail:
REVEALED: The Obama election campaigner, 23, who ‘received illicit messages and had phone sex with Anthony Weiner’ a year after humiliated wife forgave him  — Sydney Leathers, a liberal activist from Illinois, is allegedly the woman who revealed explicit images she received from Weiner
Andrew Kaczynski:
Here Is The Woman Linked To Anthony Weiner In Sex Chats  —  A progressive activist from Indiana in her early 20s who identifies herself online as “Sydney Leathers” and “sidneyelainexo” is the woman whose online profile is linked to the latest Weiner scandal.  Weiner, she wrote, could “continue sending dick pics every single day.”
New York Times:
Account of Weiner's Conversation Fits Pattern of Online Exchanges  —  The racy online conversations now convulsing Anthony D. Weiner's campaign for mayor began with an angry Facebook message, according to the editor of a blog that has communicated with the young woman involved.
Wall Street Journal:
The Anthony Weiner Show  —  What he and Eliot Spitzer have in common.  —  Lewd tweets aside—there's a line we never thought we'd write— Anthony Weiner ought to drop out of the New York City mayor's race simply because of what he's forced his wife to endure.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Obama's Economic Speech In Illinois As Prepared For Delivery  —  Eight years ago, I came here to deliver the commencement address for the class of 2005.  Things were a little different back then.  I didn't have any gray hair, for example.  Or a motorcade.  I didn't even have a teleprompter.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Washington Wire:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks on Middle-Class Prosperity
Discussion: New Republic
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: 'We've Come a Long Way Since I First Took Office.  As a Country, We're Older and We're Wiser.'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Sets New Offensive on Obama Goals  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are moving to gut many of President Obama's top priorities with the sharpest spending cuts in a generation and a new push to hold government financing hostage unless the president's signature health care law is stripped of money this fall.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama talks up economy, hits Republicans on ‘phony scandals’  —  President Obama sought to take credit for the economic recovery on Wednesday with a speech that declared the country had “fought its way back” from a recession that threatened the American Dream.
Discussion: E2-Wire and Red Alert Politics
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Poll: Obama approval nears record low
Discussion: Politico, Scared Monkeys and CNN
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jay Carney: Get past ‘phony scandals’
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Desperately Move To Shut Down Government Over Obamacare  —  Running out of time and options, conservatives are exploring new ways to corner Congress into shutting down the government this fall unless Obamacare is defunded.  But they aren't likely to achieve much more than giving Republican leaders heartburn.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP senator: Don't hold debt limit ‘hostage’ over ObamaCare funds
Discussion: Politico
Marist Poll:
7/24: A Look at the 2016 Presidential Contest  —  If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to announce a candidacy for the Presidency, she would be the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.  Clinton outdistances her closest potential opponent, Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, CNN and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
2016 poll: Clinton tops likely GOP rivals
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Reuters
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell slams Matt Bevin in Senate race  —  Matt Bevin is getting a Mitch McConnell welcome in Kentucky: A slashing TV ad seizing on the political newcomer's problems with his Connecticut-based bell manufacturing business.  —  Bevin, a wealthy Louisville businessman …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Conservative challenger takes on top Senate Republican
Discussion: Reuters, Politico, and Roll Call
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Americans turn against Edward Snowden  —  The American people, who once defended Edward Snowden's leaks of sensitive intelligence information gathered by the U.S. government, are starting to turn against him.  —  A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that a majority of Americans …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Attitudes Shift Against Snowden; Fewer than Half Say NSA is Unjustified
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Pennsylvania police chief: F*ck all you libtards out there, you take it in the a**  —  The mayor of Gilberton, Pennsylvania is standing by her city's police chief despite a series of profanity-laced and threatening videos.  —  In a video that has received wide attention …
Amanda Cochran / CBS News:
CBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want Obamacare repealed  —  (CBS News) A new CBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want the Affordable Care Act repealed.  —  According to the poll, 36 percent of Americans want Congress to expand or keep the health care law while 39 percent …
Mark Murray / First Read:
America's race relations take hit after Zimmerman verdict, NBC News/WSJ poll finds  —  In the wake of the George Zimmerman case, U.S. views of race relations have taken a hit, and one-third of Americans say his acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin has shaken their confidence in the legal system …
Nate Cohn / New Republic:
Obama Is Losing the White Working Class  —  One of the funny things about electoral politics is that you can't always have the coalition you want, or even the coalition you think you'll get.  When the Democratic Leadership Council was thinking about how to rebrand the party in the late '80s …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
KPBS San Diego:
Filner Harassment Scandal Grows As Second Woman Comes Forward … Another woman came forward today to report an unwanted advance by Mayor Bob Filner, telling KPBS News in an exclusive interview that the then-congressman patted her “posterior” while making a crude joke at a crowded fundraiser.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Book: Jimmy Carter targeted by US and foreign assassins  —  Potential assassins have threatened the life of Jimmy Carter multiple times since he left the White House in 1981, making the one-term Georgian the most threatened former president in history, according to a new book about John F. Kennedy and his assassination 50 years ago.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Home care workers press administration for minimum wage  —  Scores of health workers and their supporters gathered outside the Labor Department Tuesday, demanding long-sought minimum wage and overtime rights for home care workers.  —  In what would be a major victory for labor unions …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama ‘Pivots’ for 19th Time  —  According to political reporter Salena Zito, today's economic speeches by Barack Obama represent the 19th “pivot” for the president: … Chuck Todd tried to coin a phrase “this pivot to the economy,” by calling it “Déjà Pivot”:
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities:
Don't Let Bankruptcy Fool You: Detroit's Not Dead  —  On Thursday, the city of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.  Cue the panic.  —  The media, internet, and social media exploded with predictable stories of the city's imminent demise.
Discussion: New Republic
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans launch their own ‘50 state strategy’  —  Washington (CNN) - After weaknesses in its ground game were badly exposed in 2012, the Republican National Committee is taking a page straight out of the Democratic playbook and launching an ambitious “50 state strategy” …
Discussion: and Ballot Box
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
USC Student: Police Said I Wasn't Raped Because He Didn't Orgasm  —  The University of Southern California is facing a federal investigation for alleged failures by school officials and campus police to prosecute rape.  —  In response to a Title IX complaint filed in May …
Discussion: The Week, AMERICAblog, Jezebel and Politico
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China bans construction of government buildings for five years
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrat proposes police registration for neighborhood watchmen
Discussion: BizPac Review and Weasel Zippers
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Alabama Government Agency Prays Against Gay Marriage
Discussion: Mediaite and Truth Wins Out
Montgomery County prepared to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Lawmaker: Abortions To Save A Mother's Life Are ‘A Matter Of Convenience’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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Amid New Weiner Revelations, Spitzer Focuses on Campaigning
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O.Kay Henderson:
Congressman King defends “drug mule” comments about “DREAMers” (AUDIO)
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Joe Biden Claims Indian Relatives
Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
Phil Mickelson Wins Historic British Open And Incurs 61% Tax Rate
Gary Strauss / USA Today:
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John L. Allen Jr /
Right wing ‘generally not happy’ with Francis, Chaput says
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The Raw Story

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Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
Many redditors say they are not enthused about Reddit's IPO and expect CEO Steve Huffman to run the site into the ground while trying to make it profitable

Dietrich Knauth / Reuters:
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