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10:25 AM ET, July 26, 2013


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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Chris Christie: Rand Paul ‘dangerous’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ripping libertarians - including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). - for challenging government surveillance programs and failing to understand the dangers of terrorism.  —  “This strain of libertarianism that's …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Christie Cites 9/11 in Assailing Libertarian Trend in G.O.P.  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Invoking the families of 9/11 victims, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Thursday heatedly denounced the growing libertarian drift on national security in the Republican Party that is favored by Senator Rand Paul …
Inside Edition:
EXCLUSIVE: Sydney Leathers Details Being At Center Of Anthony Weiner Sexting Scandal  —  We're hearing for the first time from the young woman at the center of the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.  —  Twenty-three-year-old Sydney Leathers spoke exclusively to INSIDE EDITION about the raunchy text messages …
New York Times:
Weiner Admits to More Lewd Exchanges but Denies an Addiction
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Anthony Weiner texter felt ‘manipulated’
Discussion: ABC News and American Spectator
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Fed-up Silda Spitzer plans to divorce Eliot after election  —  Silda Spitzer is privately telling friends she plans to divorce her hooker-loving husband, Eliot Spitzer, Page Six can exclusively reveal.  —  Multiple sources tell us long-suffering Silda — who, he last night admitted …
Alyssa Newcomb / ABC News:
George Zimmerman Juror Says He ‘Got Away With Murder’  —  The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin's parents.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Fiscal Armageddon could remake Hill in 2014 elections  —  Not again.  —  That's the message several national GOP strategists and some lawmakers have for Republicans hell bent on waging another fiscal fight this fall.  —  The 2014 midterm season is about to heat up - and President Barack Obama …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Burr: Shutdown over defunding ObamaCare ‘dumbest idea’ ever
Glenn Thrush / Politico:   GOP's state victories haunt Obama
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Senator Calls For Further Investigation Into Huma's Money  —  Huma Abedin, the wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, AKA Carlos Danger, is facing an ongoing Senate investigation into the consulting fees she earned while also working as a State Department employee for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton didn't know close friend and adviser Huma Abedin would speak out
Discussion: Politico and Rush Limbaugh
KPBS San Diego:
Four More Women Accuse Filner … Four prominent San Diego women came forth today accusing Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances.  They related specific incidents in an exclusive interview with KPBS News.  —  The latest accusers —a retired Navy rear-admiral, a dean at San Diego State University …
Mayor Bob Filner / Most Recent:
Four more Filner accusers go public
Discussion: First Read and ThinkProgress
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republican Health Care Panic  —  Leading Republicans appear to be nerving themselves up for another round of attempted fiscal blackmail.  With the end of the fiscal year looming, they aren't offering the kinds of compromises that might produce a deal and avoid a government shutdown; instead …
Wall Street Journal:
Jindal and Walker: Unworkable ObamaCare
Discussion: Right Turn
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords  —  Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.  —  The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Mother of slain Benghazi victim Sean Smith: ‘My son is dead.  How could that be phony?’  —  The mother of a Benghazi victim is furious about the new White House strategy of calling the terrorist attack and many other scandals plaguing the Obama administration “fake” or “phony.”
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
When Did Obama Decide That The Scandals He Once Thought Were Serious Are Now ‘Phony’?
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Sequester cuts would cost up to 1.6M jobs through 2014  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Thursday estimated that keeping the spending cuts from sequestration in place through fiscal 2014 would cost up to 1.6 million jobs.  —  Canceling the cuts, on the other hand …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group Planning a “30 Front War”  —  Ginni Thomas, Allen West, and a crew of conservative activists and journalists have formed a hush-hush coalition to battle progressives—and Karl Rove.  —  From left: Frank Gaffney; Ginni Thomas; Allen West
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Caroline Kennedy nomination as envoy to Japan points to larger trend  —  President Obama's ambassador nominations have been political more often than not in this term, outpacing other recent administrations.  Some criticize the trend, which continues with Caroline Kennedy.
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Lincoln Memorial vandalized with splashes of green paint  —  The Lincoln Memorial was shut down Friday morning after vandals splashed the statue of the nation's 16th president and the marble floor around it with green paint, U.S. Park Police said.  —  Police are reviewing surveillance footage …
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Krugman:
Stiglitz, Minsky, and Obama  —  Household debt as % of personal disposable income  —  I haven't commented so far on the president's economic speech, except to mock the journalists demanding “new ideas” for a very old-fashioned economic crisis.  And as many people have pointed out, there weren't any actual policy proposals.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
IRS employee union: We don't want Obamacare  —  IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law.  —  National Taxpayer Employee Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama's health care law.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Fortress IRS  —  Agency stonewalling could permanently harm Americans' faith in government.  —  In all the day-to-day of the IRS scandals I don't think it's been fully noticed that the overall reputation of the agency has suffered a collapse, the kind from which it can take a generation to recover fully.
Discussion: Power Line
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
Larry Kramer Is Married in Hospital Ceremony  —  Larry Kramer, the award-winning playwright of “The Normal Heart” and longtime gay rights advocate, married his partner, David Webster, on Wednesday in the intensive care unit of NYU Langone Medical Center, where Mr. Kramer has been recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction.
Emma Dumain / Goppers:
Republicans to Eric Holder: Don't Mess With Texas on Voting Rights  —  Republican members of the Lone Star State House delegation made their position clear to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday: Don't mess with Texas.  —  They also had another message for the head of the Justice Department …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
How Not to Correct the Record - TNR Edition  —  Earlier this month, The New Republic posted an article by Stanford law professor Richard Thompson Ford on the Zimmerman trial.  As noted by my co-blogger David Bernstein and Michelle Meyer at The Faculty Lounge, this article included some factual inaccuracies.
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Archbishop's Move: Can Welby restore faith in the church?
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pro-Obama group releases new ad backing economic pivot
Discussion: CNN
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
College Enrollment Falls as Economy Recovers
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Why Do Women Disapprove of Drone Strikes So Much More Than Men Do?
Discussion: The Verge and Daily Kos
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Conservatives should be more racially sensitive
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
The FBI has flown drones ten times in US
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Weiner: I Messaged Up To Three Women After I Resigned, I Am Seeking Help
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How Safe Is Train Travel?
Discussion: WorldViews and The Dish
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Voter ID
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senior GOPer: Try To Ditch Obamacare? Dream On, Guys