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7:20 PM ET, July 26, 2013


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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Drop the Disastrous Plan to Defund Obamacare  —  Conservatives on Capitol Hill think they have a chance to strike a mortal blow against President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul this fall.  If their plan goes forward, however, it will backfire.  —  The plan is to oppose any bill to fund …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Tom Coburn: Campaign to defund Obamacare ‘dishonest,’ ‘hype’  —  ANALYSIS CONGRESS BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Tensions inside the Republican Party about a proposal to defund Obamacare reached a new level Friday when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a lawmaker with unsurpassed credibility in the field …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Fiscal Armageddon could remake Hill in 2014 elections
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 …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
What the Chris Christie-Rand Paul Ruckus Really Means  —  The political press is abuzz over what sure looks like one of the first clashes of the Republican Party's 2016 primary season.  At a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo., New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Rand Paul to Chris Christie: You need to talk to more real Americans
Discussion: Mediaite and
Culture Desk:
Cover Story: John Cuneo's “Carlos Danger”  —  “With a topic like Anthony Weiner, how can you find anything broad or funny that he hasn't already personally breached?” says John Cuneo, the artist who painted next week's cover.  He continues: “Free association made me think of the Empire State Building …
Talking Points Memo:   Anthony Weiner Graces New Yorker Cover As King Kong Atop Empire State Building (PHOTO)
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
San Diego mayor to seek therapy for ‘inexcusable’ behavior
Discussion: CNN
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:   Republicans Work To Turn “War On Women” Attack Back On Democrats
Joey Fishkin / Balkinization:
And the Shenanigans Begin  —  After Shelby County v. Holder, the big question was how different things would really be.  After all, plenty of places, including states with highly contentious fights about election procedures and redistricting such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, have never been covered anyway.
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Greg Abbott's pledge to fight Obama on voting rights a political win with Texas GOP primary voters
Discussion: New Republic and New York Times
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 …
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Weiner girl confidant: Pol's brother grilled sext partner ‘to see if she was going to be a problem’ 2 days after comeback interview published  —  Anthony Weiner's chef brother turned up the heat on the mayoral wannabe's secret online paramour just weeks before the sexting pol announced his mayoral bid …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politicker
New York Times:
U.S. Letter Says Leaker Won't Face Death Penalty  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter sent to the Russian minister of justice this week that the United States would not seek the death penalty against Edward J. Snowden, and would issue him a passport immediately …
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Bank Reposseses Wrong House, Refuses To Compensate Victim  —  Katie Barnett, a resident of MacArthur, OH, claims that a bank she doesn't belong to  —  Barnett says she has since presented the president of the bank with an $18,000 estimate to compensate her for the loss, but he has refused to pay her.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
House ethics panel investigating four members  —  The House Ethics Committee is reviewing cases against four members of Congress, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and one member of GOP leadership, the panel announced Friday.  —  The Ethics Committee is probing Rep. John Tierney …
Discussion: CNN and BuzzFeed
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Taiwan trip center of Peter Roskam investigation
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Uh Ho: Obama Says Vietnamese Dictator Inspired by Founding Fathers  —  “...we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”  —  It may come as some unwelcome news to the families …
Associated Press:
Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Students At Occupy Protest Wants Worker's Compensation For ‘Psychiatric Injury’  —  DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation …
Bill Glauber / JSOnline:
Paul Ryan lays out immigration proposals in Racine town hall meeting  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  Racine — Coming face-to-face with activists, immigrants and the children of undocumented immigrants, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday laid out his proposals to achieve a consensus …
Discussion: Politico, The PJ Tatler and Goppers
Robert Costa / National Review:
Trump Heads to Iowa, Plots a 2016 Run  —  Donald Trump has long resisted calls for him to run for president.  But now, at age 67, he tells me he's considering a bid.  —  “I'm looking,” Trump says.  “I have a large following of people who are tired of seeing this country ripped off …
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 …
Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham to help out Spitzer's opponent  —  (CNN) - Some big Hollywood names are turning out to support Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as he tries to regain lost ground after former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer jumped into the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller.
Discussion: Politico
McCrory Signs State Budget, Says He Will Sign Abortion Bill & Voter ID Law  —  Governor Pat McCrory on Friday signed the new state budget, two days after state lawmakers approved the $20.6 billion spending plan.  —  Lawmakers finished their session this morning, passing a flurry of bills.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Roberts's Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court  —  WASHINGTON — The recent leaks about government spying programs have focused attention on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its role in deciding how intrusive the government can be in the name of national security.
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Tricky Obstacles Ahead to Averting Shutdown
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Lauren-Brooke Eisen / Judicial:
Overcriminalization Task Force should focus on reducing prison populations
David De Jong / Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg's Wealth Soars $3.8 Billion as Facebook Surges
Discussion: The College Fix
Pat Buchanan /
Weiner & Spitzer — Now More Than Ever!
Sara Carter / Washington Times:
Crisis in Kabul: Security at U.S. Embassy in disarray, diplomats at risk
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Pro-marijuana ad to appear outside big NASCAR race
 Earlier Items: 
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Unions ask Obama for Detroit bailout
Charlie LeDuff / New York Times:
Come See Detroit, America's Future
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Wall Street Journal:
Student Drought Hits Smaller Universities
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Fortress IRS  —  Agency stonewalling could permanently harm …
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republican Health Care Panic