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7:30 PM ET, July 24, 2013


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Meet President Obama's new economic message.  Same as his old economic message.  —  You could be forgiven if you thought you had heard President Obama's speech on the economy today before.  Because you have.  For most of the 2012 campaign.  (Don't trust us, read Obama's 2012 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.)
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CBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want Obamacare repealed  —  (CBS News) A new CBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want the Affordable Care Act repealed.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 …
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 hits GOP for ‘phony scandals’  —  President Obama accused congressional Republicans of focusing on “phony scandals” instead of the pressing issues facing the country during an economic speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill. [WATCH VIDEO]  —  “With an endless parade of distractions …
Discussion: Politico and Red Alert Politics
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A warmed-over jobs message  —  “I don't normally do this,” President Obama's senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote in the subject line of an e-mail blast to reporters Sunday night.  —  This was tantalizing.  What would this top White House official be doing?  Singing karaoke on the North Lawn?
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Older, But Not Wiser  —  “As a country, we're older and we're wiser …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jay Carney: Get past ‘phony scandals’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
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
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.
James Arkin / Politico:
NYC poll: Anthony Weiner narrowly ahead
New York Times:
Mr. Weiner and the Elusive Truth
Andrew Kaczynski:
Here Is The Woman Linked To Anthony Weiner In Sex Chats
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.
New York Times:
Obama Focuses on Economy, Vowing to Help Middle Class
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
Washington Wire:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks on Middle-Class Prosperity
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What's the Matter With North Carolina?  —  The state went from beacon of tolerance to bastion of voter suppression in a month.  —  North Carolina is proving itself to be the poster child for all that is wrong with modern American democracy and—with thanks to Moral Mondays—also highlighting all that may someday save it.
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
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Conservative challenger takes on top Senate Republican
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans for Snowden  —  A left-right House coalition rushes to stop metadata collection.  —  Few things are more dangerous than Congress in heat, and so it is this week as a libertarian-left wing coalition in the House of Representatives is rushing to neuter one of the National Security Agency's antiterror surveillance programs.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Guardian, Hot Air and Goppers
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Liberto /
Postal Service looks to end at-your-door mail  —  If you're moving to a newly built house, say goodbye to mail delivery at your door.  —  And if some House Republicans get their way, all door-to-door mail delivery will go away.  —  The U.S. Postal Service is marching towards a more …
David Glovin / Bloomberg:
Mother of Golf Prodigy in Hazing Death Defied by FratPAC  —  Harrison Kowiak was 19 years old when he died after schoolmates pummeled him on a pitch-black field in Hickory, North Carolina.  It was part of a fraternity hazing.  —  Determined to protect other students, Kowiak's mother Lianne devoted herself to fighting hazing.
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 …
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama to nominate Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan  —  (CNN) - Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and a prominent Democratic backer, was nominated by President Barack Obama Wednesday to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Discussion: Politico
Geetika Rudra / Yahoo! Good Morning America:
Judge Orders $1 Million Returned to Exotic Dancer  —  A federal judge has ruled that Nebraska cops must return over $1 million confiscated at a traffic stop from a woman who saved the money $1 at a time during her 15 year career as an exotic dancer.  —  The money belongs to Tara Mishra …
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA closing bases in Afghanistan as it shifts focus amid military drawdown
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Black Congressmen Discuss Their Daily Struggle With Discrimination In America (VIDEO)
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Home care workers press administration for minimum wage
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shakesville
Simon Rabinovitch / Agence France Presse:
China bans construction of government buildings for five years
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Alabama Government Agency Prays Against Gay Marriage
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities:
Don't Let Bankruptcy Fool You: Detroit's Not Dead
Discussion: New Republic
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Nate Cohn / New Republic:
Obama Is Losing the White Working Class
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Lawmaker: Abortions To Save A Mother's Life Are ‘A Matter Of Convenience’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Henrick Karoliszyn / Metropolis:
Amid New Weiner Revelations, Spitzer Focuses on Campaigning
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Book: Jimmy Carter targeted by US and foreign assassins
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
Phil Mickelson Wins Historic British Open And Incurs 61% Tax Rate