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6:45 PM ET, July 25, 2013


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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.
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 …
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: 'Weiner isn't Clinton'  —  Rush Limbaugh has a theory for why Anthony Weiner's bid for New York mayor, even when bolstered by his wife's insistence to speak for his character, isn't working: Weiner, he says, isn't Bill Clinton.  —  “There are a number of Drive-By Media outlets who think Weiner's gotta go now.
Discussion: CNN, Rush Limbaugh and New York Post
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,” …
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 …
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
Pelosi blasts Weiner, Filner: Do your therapy in private
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Weiner Plummets In New Poll
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
The Right Candidate for New York Mayor
Gideon Resnick / Politicker:
Rival Says Weiner Needs to Apologize to Latinos for ‘Carlos Danger’ Nickname
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Weiner estimates he sexted three women after resigning
Discussion: The Hill, The PJ Tatler and Mediaite
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.
Hal Boedeker / The TV Guy:
George Zimmerman trial ‘a publicity stunt,’ juror tells ABC  —  Robin Roberts, left, interviews Juror B-29, the only minority juror from the George Zimmerman trial.  The juror's attorney, David Chico, is at right.  (Donna Svennevik / ABC / July 23, 2013)  —  Juror B-29, the only minority juror …
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.
Sam Baker / The Hill:   Voting rights challenge in Texas opens up new Obama-GOP fight
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
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Paula Deen's Cook Tells of Slights, Steeped in History  —  SAVANNAH, Ga. — Dora Charles and Paula Deen were soul sisters.  That's what Ms. Deen called the black cook from the start, even before the books and the television shows and the millions of dollars.  —  For 22 years, Mrs. Charles was the queen of the Deen kitchens.
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 …
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: Gawker, Hot Air, BBC and The Reaction
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How Safe Is Train Travel?
Discussion: The Dish
The Week:
WATCH: Terrifying video of Spain's deadly train derailment
Discussion: Gawker
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
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Boehner Calls out Rep. King on Immigration Insult  —  House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday elevated his criticism of fellow Republican Rep. Steve King over King's suggestion that many unauthorized immigrants are drug runners, calling the comments “deeply offensive and wrong.”
Discussion: Reuters, Associated Press, Politico and CNN
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner blasts Steve King again
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Paul, Cruz rising for 2016  —  PPP's newest look at the Republican field for 2016 finds some big changes from our previous polling.  Marco Rubio, who had led all of our polling since December, has dropped all the way to 6th place.  Rand Paul now has the lead nationally …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senior GOPer: Try To Ditch Obamacare?  Dream On, Guys  —  As conservatives escalate their efforts to shut down the government if Obamacare is not defunded, a familiar voice of reason is returning to the fray to send them a message: Dream on.  —  Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a deputy majority whip …
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Voter ID  —  The New Republic's Nate Cohn brings some data to the debate over the Republican push, in North Carolina and elsewhere, for increasingly-stringent identification requirements at the polls: … Depending on the design of the rules, Cohn concludes …
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Republicans vs. Democracy in North Carolina
Sen. Marco Rubio / Fox News:
America, it's not too late to stop ObamaCare … Too often, politicians forget how their decisions impact real people.  They dig in to protect their political agenda at all costs, even if it hurts the very people they were elected to serve.  And when that happens, no one gets hurt as much as working class Americans.
Discussion: Politico, CBS Miami and The Hill
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Politics of Contempt  —  Obama pivots for the 973rd time.
Discussion: Hot Air, Ed Driscoll and The PJ Tatler
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Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
Thank you, Ray Kelly
Discussion: CNN and National Review