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2:05 PM 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 …
Jon Schuppe /
Anthony Weiner's Lead in NYC Mayor's Race Evaporates After New Revelations of Online Affair: Poll  —  Weiner admitted Tuesday he had carried on explicit online relationships after he left Congress  —  Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has suffered a massive erosion of support among …
Marist Poll:
7/25: Quinn Reclaims Lead from Weiner in Democratic Primary... Should Weiner Drop Out?  Dems Divide  —  In light of new revelations that Anthony Weiner continued to engage in lewd online behavior after he resigned from Congress two years ago, Weiner now trails Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor.
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 …
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Anthony Weiner: Up to 3 women since quitting  —  NEW YORK — Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner said Thursday that he may have engaged in online sexual relationships with up to three women since resigning from Congress in 2011.  —  “I don't believe I had any more than three,” …
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 …
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
Pelosi blasts Weiner, Filner: Do your therapy in private
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
The Right Candidate for New York Mayor
Discussion: NewsBusters and
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: New ‘Sexting’ revelations cost Weiner lead in mayor's race
Discussion: CNN
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.
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Republicans vs. Democracy in North Carolina
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Slate
Associated Press:
Florida To Resume Voter Purge Following Supreme Court VRA Ruling
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Holder Targets Texas in New Voting-Rights Push
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Richard L. Hasen / The Daily Beast:
Will the GOP's North Carolina End Run Backfire?
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justices on the Job  —  After Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. took …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Holder seeks to reassert federal power over state voting laws
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and The Stranger …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
McCain: $1 coin could lead to bigger tips for strippers  —  The Arizona Republican joined Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in introducing the COINS Act last month.  Advocates for the measure contend that saying sayonara to George Washingtons …
Discussion: CNN and
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid: Hillary Clinton Will Be ‘Even Better’ Than Her Husband  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) gushed over Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects during an interview that aired Wednesday, saying that the former secretary of state will “handle things probably even better” …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Politics of Contempt  —  Obama pivots for the 973rd time.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton could handle things ‘even better’ than her husband did, says Reid
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul caught in the middle in Kentucky  —  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,” …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCain, McConnell heading for spell of rocky relations
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama: Reporters tell me my ideas are ‘great’  —  President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as “great” and tell him they are “all good ideas.”  —  Obama made the remarks in a speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill. focused on the economy.  —  The address didn't include …
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 and Taegan Goddard's …
The Week:
WATCH: Terrifying video of Spain's deadly train derailment  —  Surveillance footage captures the moment when a high-speed train in Northern Spain veers off the rails, killing 78  —  On Wednesday night, a high-speed train derailed near the northern Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela …
Discussion: Gawker
Driver investigated after 78 killed in Spain train crash
Discussion: Hot Air and The Reaction
The Huffington Post:
Tea Partier Makes Absurd Civil Rights Comparison  —  Rep. Louise Gohmert (R-Texas) compared the civil liberties of minority groups to snail darters and prairie chickens at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.  —  The hearing was convened to discuss the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Discussion: CNN and National Review
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:
David Morgan / Reuters:
Republicans prepare for ‘Obamacare’ showdown, with eye to 2014 elections  —  (Reuters) - With the Obama administration poised for a huge public education campaign on healthcare reform, Republicans and their allies are mobilizing a counter-offensive including town hall meetings …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Paul, Cruz rising for 2016
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hit & Run
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Mark Sanford's New Business Casual: Shorts on the House Floor
Discussion: Yahoo! News and National Review
Andrew Pierce / Daily Mail:
Revealed: The shadowy lobbyists waging a propaganda war to keep Britain in Europe
Wall Street Journal:
New Health-Care Law's Success Rests on the Young
Discussion: Hot Air and New Republic
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Instapundit
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center
Wall Street Journal:
The Inequality President  —  The rich have done fine under Obamanomics …