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6:45 PM ET, July 27, 2013


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New York Times:
Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric  —  GALESBURG, Ill. — In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
The New / New York Times:
Interview With President Obama  —  Following is a transcript of an interview with President Obama conducted by Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear of The New York Times.  The interview was conducted at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on July 24, 2013.  —  NYT: So we're here with you …
Discussion: The Hill
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Wall Street wants Yellen, not Summers, as next Fed chief
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Growing Number Of States Are Reporting Lower Than Expected Health Care Premiums  —  Health premiums in Maryland's exchanges will be “among the lowest of the 12 states that have available proposed or approved rates for comparison,” the state's exchange — Maryland Health Connection — announced Friday.
New York Times:
Scores of Demonstrators Killed in Egypt  —  CAIRO — The police and armed civilians opened fire Saturday with live ammunition on protesters against Egypt's new military government, witnesses said, killing scores of people as hopes faded that the Egyptian military would reach any political accommodation …
Egypt crisis: ‘Scores killed’ at Cairo protest
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Reem Abdellatif / Wall Street Journal:
Egypt's Economy Stabilizes, for Now, as Arab Pledges Buy Time
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Via Meadia
Fox News:
Accused Fort Hood shooter releases statement to Fox News  —  EXCLUSIVE: Acting as his own attorney, accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has released a statement to Fox News claiming that the U.S. military is at war with his religion.  —  However, he does not directly address …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Big Marijuana lobby fights legalization efforts  —  Pot legalization activists are running into an unexpected and ironic opponent in their efforts to make cannabis legal: Big Marijuana.  —  Medical marijuana is a billion-dollar industry — legal in 18 states, including California, Nevada …
Discussion: AEIdeas and The Volokh Conspiracy
Guy tries to rob a gun store with a baseball bat, fails miserably  —  BEAVERTON, Ore. - You've heard the old saying 'don't bring a knife to a gun fight.'  —  Well how about a bat?  Apparently, that doesn't work too well either - just ask 22-year-old Derrick Mosley.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
She did the right thing despite her prejudices.  —  Sometimes life imitates the Onion.  Last week the satirical newspaper ran an “op-ed” by “Juror E6,” a fictitious member of the panel that acquitted George Zimmerman.  Here's the nut, and pardon our F—ch: “Now, I realize …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Korea was a win’  —  President Obama hailed veterans of the Korean War Saturday, saying their sacrifices ensured that millions of Koreans could live safely in a democracy.  —  Speaking on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War's armistice, he noted that some had expressed …
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Kaczynski:
Sarah Palin: I Was Banned From Talking About Jeremiah Wright By The McCain Campaign  —  “I wasn't allowed to talk about things like that because those elitist, those who are the brainics in the GOP machine running John McCain's campaign at the time said that the media would eat us alive if we brought up these things.”
Chris Isidore /
New $444 million hockey arena is still a go in Detroit  —  Detroit's financial crisis hasn't derailed the city's plans to spend more than $400 million in Michigan taxpayer funds on a new hockey arena for the Red Wings.  —  Advocates of the arena say it's the kind of economic development needed …
Ben Goad / The Hill:
FDA set to overhaul food safety rules for imported fruits, veggies  —  The Food and Drug Administration on Friday unveiled new rules to combat safety threats in imported foods - an overhaul that represents a sea change in U.S. treatment of food shipped from other countries.
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Gary Baum / Hollywood Reporter:
Terminally Ill ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Vows to Give Away Fortune
Discussion: and BBC
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Assuming the Distance Learning Can Opener
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
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