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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Rand Paul to Chris Christie: You need to talk to more real Americans
Discussion: and Mediaite
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No, the GOP is not going to defund Obamacare  —  There's a movement among Capitol Hill Republicans to defund Obamacare.  With the president's hugely expensive national health care scheme set to take effect Jan. 1, many of the law's opponents view this fall's battles over spending and the debt …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
GOP's state victories haunt Obama
Discussion: First Read
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 …
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Four San Diego Women Say Bob Filner Made Unwanted Sexual Advances (VIDEO)
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Tells Russia It Won't Torture or Kill Snowden  —  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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mediaite
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Student Drought Hits Smaller Universities  —  By - CAMERON MCWHIRTER and - DOUGLAS BELKIN -  —  Loyola University New Orleans faces a $9.5 million budget gap caused by 25% fewer freshmen this fall than it had expected.  —  As Loyola University New Orleans gears up for fall classes next month …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
College Enrollment Falls as Economy Recovers
Discussion: Gawker
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rep. Sensenbrenner: DOJ is legally justified in going after Texas  —  The Obama administration has every right to challenge Texas' unilateral adoption of new voting laws, a top Republican argued Thursday.  —  Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said the Voting Rights Act authorizes …
Emma Dumain / Goppers:   Republicans to Eric Holder: Don't Mess With Texas on Voting Rights
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill  —  HOUSTON — Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.  —  The oil services company said it would pay …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley steps up role in immigration debate  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg - one of the world's richest tech innovators - will break new ground next month by speaking publicly for the first time on a political issue when he delivers an address on immigration reform in San Francisco …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and AllThingsD
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
Charlie LeDuff / New York Times:
Come See Detroit, America's Future  —  DETROIT — I KNOW an old woman who hasn't opened her windows in a decade, afraid that what's outside will climb inside.  Inside, there is the stale odor of dead air.  —  I know another woman who called me about a corpse lying outside her window for six and a half hours.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and THEROOT.COM
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
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New York Times:
Egyptian Court Accuses Morsi of Espionage
Discussion: New Republic and Booman Tribune
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Obama celebrates Ramadan: ‘Islam has contributed to the character’ of US
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
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WATCH: Students sign petition to legalize abortion after childbirth
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
An Obama-McCain Alliance: Two Bitter Rivals Team Up To Upend The Status Quo
Discussion: Hit & Run
New York Times:
Weiner Admits to More Lewd Exchanges but Denies an Addiction
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Caroline Kennedy nomination as envoy to Japan points to larger trend
Discussion: National Review
Paul Krugman:
Stiglitz, Minsky, and Obama
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Why Do Women Disapprove of Drone Strikes So Much More Than Men Do?
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Verge