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1:55 PM ET, July 29, 2013


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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Bill and Hillary Clinton are ‘livid’ at comparisons to Weiner's sexcapades and Huma's forgiveness  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton are angry with efforts by mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and his campaign to compare his Internet sexcapades — and his wife Huma Abedin's incredible forgiveness …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope Francis Says He Will Not Judge Gay Priests  —  ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Pope Francis's Lessons for the GOP
Discussion: The Week
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.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
REPORT: Nation's Second Largest Radio Broadcaster Planning To Drop Rush Limbaugh
Howard Dean / Wall Street Journal:
The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work  —  Experience tells me the Independent Payment Advisory Board will fail.  —  Continuing efforts by congressional Republicans to “defund” further implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, even if it takes shutting …
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Cory Booker Visiting Iowa In August  —  Is Cory Booker already running for President in 2016? … The Newark mayor who is heavily favored in New Jersey's special election to replace Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate has already scheduled a major speaking engagement in Iowa in August.
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Lautenberg and Booker's tortured history shows up in campaign
Discussion: Ballot Box
Palestinian, Israeli officials clash over format of Washington peace talks  —  As Kerry is due to bring Israeli, Palestinian negotiating teams together, PLO's Abed Rabbo tells ‘Voice of Palestine’ that issue of borders comes first, but minister close to Netanyahu says all core issues to be tackled.
William Booth / Washington Post:
Peace talks set to begin after Israel agrees to free 104 Palestinian prisoners
New York Times:
Israel and Palestinians Set to Resume Peace Talks, U.S. Announces
Associated Press:
Officials: Indyk to shepherd Mideast peace talks
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 …
National Review:
Mitch Daniels Was Right  —  Mitch Daniels, whom some Republicans would like to see president of something more than Purdue University, is under attack because as governor of Indiana he objected to the use of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States in public-school curricula.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Power Line
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 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Peggy Noonan: Obama Got To Point Where People Stopped Listening To Him Faster Than Most Presidents  —  “I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Mitch McConnell, Darth Vader  —  Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has just begun a primary race against Matt Bevin, a Louisville millionaire and conservative activist.  It's shaping up to be one of 2014's marquee contests.  But he doesn't want to talk about it.
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 and Post Politics
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Huntington Beach disturbance: 8 arrested, property damaged after US Open of Surfing
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
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Ryan Parker / Denver Post:
Colorado concealed-carry permits see dramatic increase in 2013
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TalkLeft
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Discussion: Althouse
David Carr / New York Times:
Bloomberg Media Recruits a New Chief From The Atlantic
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP senators to Liz Cheney: We like Mike Enzi