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9:25 AM ET, July 26, 2013


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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
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel, Mediaite and theGrio
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 …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
The FBI has flown drones ten times in US
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Anthony Weiner texter felt ‘manipulated’
Discussion: ABC News
Marist Poll:
7/25: Quinn Reclaims Lead from Weiner in Democratic Primary... Should Weiner Drop Out? Dems Divide
Emma Dumain / Goppers:
Republicans to Eric Holder: Don't Mess With Texas on Voting Rights  —  Republican members of the Lone Star State House delegation made their position clear to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday: Don't mess with Texas.  —  They also had another message for the head of the Justice Department …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Voting rights challenge in Texas opens up new Obama-GOP fight
Discussion: Associated Press
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
CBO's Publications:
How Eliminating the Automatic Spending Reductions Specified by the Budget Control Act Would Affect the U.S. Economy in 2014  —  Letter to the Honorable Chris Van Hollen  —  This letter provides an analysis of how a cancellation of the automatic spending reductions specified by the Budget Control Act of 2011 …
Discussion: Federal Eye and Capitol Report
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Sequester cuts would cost up to 1.6M jobs through 2014
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
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 …
Hillary Clinton didn't know close friend and adviser Huma Abedin would speak out  —  (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had no advance knowledge that her longtime friend and adviser, Huma Abedin, would speak out on behalf of her husband, Anthony Weiner, according to two sources with knowledge.
Discussion: Politico
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: 'Weiner isn't Clinton'
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Jindal and Walker: Unworkable ObamaCare
Discussion: Right Turn
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.”
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
When Did Obama Decide That The Scandals He Once Thought Were Serious Are Now ‘Phony’?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Halliburton will plead guilty in BP Gulf oil spill
Discussion: Politico
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Al-Qaeda hosts a family fair in Syria, complete with ice cream and jihad  —  Nothing says wholesome family fun like al-Qaeda, which is why the group's Syrian and Iraqi branches held a festival in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo.  The bizarre event, captured on video …
Richard Hall / The Independent:
Video: Al-Qa'ida holds family fun day in war torn Aleppo
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News and New York Magazine
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pro-Obama group releases new ad backing economic pivot  —  Organizing for Action, the group descended from President Obama's presidential campaign, plans to release a new ad aimed at helping the president shift the national focus to the economy and job creation.
Discussion: CNN
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Paul Krugman:
Stiglitz, Minsky, and Obama
Sam Macrory /
Archbishop's Move: Can Welby restore faith in the church?
Discussion: The Verge, BBC, Guardian and Spectator
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
How Not to Correct the Record - TNR Edition
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
College Enrollment Falls as Economy Recovers
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Why Do Women Disapprove of Drone Strikes So Much More Than Men Do?
Discussion: The Verge and Daily Kos
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Conservatives should be more racially sensitive
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Senate Democrats push Yellen for Fed chair
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Weiner: I Messaged Up To Three Women After I Resigned, I Am Seeking Help
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How Safe Is Train Travel?
Discussion: WorldViews and The Dish
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Voter ID