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11:30 AM ET, July 29, 2013


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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Time to Hard-Delete Carlos Danger  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN you puzzle over why the elegant Huma Abedin is propping up the eel-like Anthony Weiner, you must remember one thing: Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama, Hillary Clinton set for Monday lunch
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus planning to drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity  —  In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Stranded by Sprawl  —  Detroit is a symbol of the old economy's decline.  It's not just the derelict center; the metropolitan area as a whole lost population between 2000 and 2010, the worst performance among major cities.  Atlanta, by contrast, epitomizes the rise of the Sun Belt …
Associated Press:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hits critics for ‘gimme, gimme’ attitude toward federal Sandy relief  —  FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hit back at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the two Republicans' ongoing spat over national security.  —  Christie last week criticized Paul's opposition …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Are Republicans too divided to have a civil war?  —  A nasty fight is brewing among Republicans over a proposal to defund Obamacare.  Another intra-party fight is flaring over national security and the war on terror.  And yet another is well under way over immigration reform.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
After hits from King and Christie, Rand Paul fires back on Sandy aid
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rep. Peter King Blasts Rand Paul For ‘Apologizing For America’: ‘Fringes’ Will ‘Destroy’ GOP
Discussion: The Hill and Hit & Run
Stephen Carter / Bloomberg:
How to Get Obama Out of His Bubble  —  During Bill Clinton's presidency, I once listened to a senior White House aide complain about the amount of time his boss spent meeting ordinary citizens.  There was always a sob story, the aide said, and the president would return to the Oval Office demanding …
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Pope Francis's Lessons for the GOP  —  The new pope hasn't been afraid to challenge the entrenched interests that have sullied his church's perception.  His style of reaching out is just what might save the Republican Party.  —  On the heels of Pope Francis's triumphant visit to Brazil for World Youth Day …
William Booth / Washington Post:
Peace talks set to begin after Israel agrees to free 104 Palestinian prisoners  —  JERUSALEM — The first substantive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in years will begin Monday evening in Washington, the Obama administration announced, after Israeli leaders agreed Sunday to release 104 Palestinian prisoners.
New York Times:
Israel and Palestinians Set to Resume Peace Talks, U.S. Announces
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Momentum Builds Against N.S.A. Surveillance  —  WASHINGTON — The movement to crack down on government surveillance started with an odd couple from Michigan, Representatives Justin Amash, a young libertarian Republican known even to his friends as “chief wing nut,” and John Conyers Jr. …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
With NSA revelations, Sen. Ron Wyden's vague warnings about privacy finally become clear
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Ron Wyden: FISA court ‘anachronistic’
Discussion: Secrecy News and Crooks and Liars
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Lautenberg and Booker's tortured history shows up in campaign  —  Days before Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he wanted to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Frank Lautenberg in December, the two men's top aides tried to negotiate over the phone.  —  Lautenberg Chief of Staff Dan Katz …
New York Times:
Detroit Looks to Health Law to Ease Costs  —  As Detroit enters the federal bankruptcy process, the city is proposing a controversial plan for paring some of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs: pushing many of those too young to qualify for Medicare out of city-run coverage …
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Fox News to Scholar: Why Would a Muslim Write a Book About Jesus?  —  It's got plenty of competition but this may just be the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview broadcast on Fox News.  At least in recent memory.  Fox News anchor Lauren Green had religious scholar Reza Aslan …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., 52% Back Law to Legalize Gay Marriage in 50 States  —  Americans would legalize gay marriage nationwide, favor equal rights for such unions  —  PRINCETON, NJ — If given the opportunity to vote on a law legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, the slight majority of Americans …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and First Read
Ryan Parker / Denver Post:
Colorado concealed-carry permits see dramatic increase in 2013  —  A run on guns in Colorado  —  Instructor John Abramson, left, works with Catherine Williams during a concealed-carry class at the Centennial Gun Club shooting range on Saturday.  Williams said she decided to take the class …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TalkLeft
New York Times:
A New Defense of Voting Rights  —  On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. took an important step toward repairing the damage from last month's Supreme Court ruling striking down a central element of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  He is right to adopt an aggressive approach to defending …
Discussion: National Review
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Governor Admits He ‘Does Not Know Enough’ About The Voter Suppression Bill He's About To Sign
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Wall Street Journal:
Grand Bargain Eludes Budget Negotiations
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Staten Island Advance:
EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Weiner talks sexting scandal, Staten Island issues (video)
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
How the Obama campaign won the race for voter data
David Carr / New York Times:
Bloomberg Media Recruits a New Chief From The Atlantic
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Discussion: Fox News and Scared Monkeys
Burgess Everett / Politico:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
I Want to Be a Mayor
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Ed Driscoll