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11:30 AM ET, July 25, 2013


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Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
The good wife?  Oh, give us a break!  —  Our would-be Mayor Carlos Danger has done it again.  —  After sitting for lengthy, sympathetic profiles with The New York Times magazine, New York and People — where he declared, “I feel like a different person” — serial online sexter Anthony Weiner and his wife …
New York Times:
Many New York Women Are Baffled at Loyalty Shown by Weiner's Wife  —  Sipping sparkling water by the bustling patios of Bryant Park on Wednesday afternoon, the young women touched on the usual topics of lunchtime gossip: men, work, relationships.  —  Then the discussion turned …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Limp XXXcuse: Weiner blames rocky marriage for sext relapse  —  Anthony Weiner came up with an extraordinary excuse yesterday to explain why he went back to sexting after supposedly kicking the habit — he was suffering from marital woes.  —  In a startling e-mail letter sent to rally campaign supporters …
Washington Post:
Huma Abedin steps into high-profile role as Anthony Weiner's chief defender  —  It was his news conference, but it was hard to take your eyes off her.  —  With Huma Abedin's emergence as her husband's chief defender and protector in a second sex scandal, she made a public transformation …
David B. Caruso / Associated Press:
Admiration, Puzzlement Over Weiner's Loyal Wife
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   The New York Post: ‘Meet Carlos Danger’ (PHOTO)
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice Department to challenge states' voting rights laws  —  The Justice Department is preparing to take fresh legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation, U.S. officials said, part of a new attempt to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Holder Wants Texas to Clear Voting Changes With the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would ask a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making voting changes in that state for the next decade.
The Huffington Post:   Florida To Resume Voter Purge After High Court Ruling
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
With Voting Rights Act Gutted, Florida Set To Resume Voter Purge
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Defeats Effort to Rein In N.S.A. Data Gathering  —  WASHINGTON — A divided House defeated legislation Wednesday that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting vast amounts of phone records, handing the Obama administration a hard-fought victory in the first Congressional showdown …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Democratic establishment unmasked: prime defenders of NSA bulk spying l Glenn Greenwald
Discussion: Firedoglake, BBC and Booman Tribune
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Proposal to restrict NSA phone-tracking program defeated
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul in tough spot in 2014 Ky. Senate race  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager didn't hold back when he learned that his boss had a new GOP primary challenger.  —  “Matthew Griswold Bevin is not a Kentucky conservative, he is merely an East Coast con man,” …
Discussion: NBC Politics and
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCain, McConnell heading for spell of rocky relations  —  The relationship between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is going to be awkward in the coming months.  —  McConnell finds himself increasingly constrained by both his new primary challenger …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama made the case on Wednesday about how the American economy was improving, he went off script to underscore how significant the challenges were that remained.  —  “But — and here's the big but …
Yahoo! News:
Nice speech, Mr. President. You still can't do much to help the economy
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Why I'm Boycotting Russian Vodka  —  Buzzfeed has a photo essay—"36 Photos from Russia That Everyone Needs to See"—that will bring anyone who hasn't been paying attention to the situation in Russia up to speed.  And Harvey Fierstein's opinion piece in Monday's NYT offers a great summary of Putin's escalating anti-gay pogrom:
Matt Simonette / Windy City Media Group:   Sidetrack stops serving Stoli, other Russian products
Driver investigated after 78 killed in Spain train crash  —  (Reuters) - Police put the driver of a Spanish train under investigation on Thursday after at least 78 people died when it hit a sharp bend at speed, derailed and caught fire near the pilgrimage center of Santiago de Compostela, in one of Europe's worst rail disasters.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Reaction
The Week:
WATCH: Terrifying video of Spain's deadly train derailment
Discussion: Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
The Inequality President  —  The rich have done fine under Obamanomics, not so the middle class.  —  President Obama made his fourth or fifth, or maybe it's the seventh or eighth, pivot to the economy on Wednesday, and a revealing speech it was.  We counted four mentions of “growth” but “inequality” got five.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama vows to use bully pulpit to break the austerity curse
Discussion: Wonkblog and The PJ Tatler
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
‘Obamacare’ National Marketing Campaign To Cost Nearly $700 Million  —  CHICAGO (AP) — It will make you stronger.  It will give you peace of mind and make you feel like a winner.  Health insurance is what the whole country has been talking about, so don't be left out.  —  Sound like a sales pitch?
Norm Ornstein /
The Unprecedented—and Contemptible—Attempts to Sabotage Obamacare  —  Doing everything possible to block the law's implementation is not treasonous—just sharply beneath any reasonable standards of elected officials.  —  When Mike Lee pledges to try to shut down the government unless …
Discussion: Wonkblog
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Thank you, Ray Kelly  —  President Obama shouldn't nominate Ray Kelly to be secretary of homeland security.  He should give the New York City police chief a stern talking to.  He should invite him to examine his conscience and consider the error of his ways.  Failing that, he should hold him up to national obloquy.
Fox News:
Jesse Watters Confronts Rep. Charles Rangel  —  Representative Charles Rangel recently made some inflammatory remarks regarding the Zimmerman trial.  After dodging the Factor, Fox New's Jesse Watters tracks him down! … REP. CHARLES RANGEL (D), NEW YORK: I think it's possible the police got a black Zimmerman.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Instapundit
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Tax writers promise 50 years of secrecy for senators' suggestions  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), assured lawmakers that any submission they receive will be kept under lock and key by the committee and the National Archives until the end of 2064.
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Economy — Knox College, Galesburg, IL  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Galesburg!  (Applause.)  Well, it's good to be home in Illinois!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back.  It's good to be back.  Thank you.  Thank you so much, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you.
San Francisco Chronicle:
KTVU producers fired over Asiana pilots' fake names  —  KTVU-TV has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit - and a major embarrassment to the station.
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Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Race relations have plummeted since Obama took office, according to poll
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Post Politics:
Majority of Americans favor restricting abortion at 20 weeks, according to new Post-ABC poll
Libby A. Nelson / Politico:
Senate passes student loan interest rate compromise
Yahoo! News:
Rand Paul: 'I don't think there's anyone in Congress who has a stronger belief in minority rights than I do'
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Post Politics
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Houston Gas Station Shooting: SYG or not? Break it Down with AOJ
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Molly Vorwerck / USA Today:
Mistaken identity brings threats to Pastor Zimmermann
David Morgan / Reuters:
Republicans prepare for ‘Obamacare’ showdown, with eye to 2014 elections
Discussion: The Plum Line and PoliticusUSA
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
DOD: Gitmo costs in 2013 to top $450M
Paul Krugman:
Been There, Done That: Monetary and Fiscal Policy Edition
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion and Noahpinion
Michael Hamar / The Bilerico Project:
Read: Virginia's Marriage Amendment Challenge
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Congressman Compares African American Civil Rights To Snail Darters
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justices on the Job  —  After Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. took …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Chicago Tribune:
Moore disappointed probe prevented White House ethics award
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico