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3:10 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 …
Digby / Crooks and Liars:   Blue America Chat: Meet Barbara Buono, Chris Christie's Worst Nightmare
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
After hits from King and Christie, Rand Paul fires back on Sandy aid
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Howard Dean, Concerned American and Non-Shill  —  Pope Francis on Gay Priests: ‘Who Am I to Judge?’  —  If you are old enough to remember when Howard Dean was running for president in 2004, excoriating fellow Democrats like John Kerry as a “handmaiden of special interests,” …
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
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 …
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
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
ABC News:
Obama: Toughest Work Ahead in Mideast Talks  —  President Barack Obama says the relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is a promising step forward.  But he adds that the most difficult work is yet to come.  —  With senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators en route to Washington …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Fast food strikes intensify in seven cities  —  The biggest walkout yet begins this morning — and the strikes could have far-reaching implications for labor  —  This morning marks the start of what will likely be the largest fast food worker mobilization in U.S. history …
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
Fast Food Workers To Hold One-Day Strike To Protest Low Wages
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
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
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
A Blow for the Press, and for Democracy  —  SOMETIMES James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities.  —  “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week.
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 …
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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NBC's Kasie Hunt / First Read:
Cruz: Republicans not willing to ‘stand up’ to defund Obamacare
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Peggy Noonan: Obama Got To Point Where People Stopped Listening To Him Faster Than Most Presidents
Amy Powell / KABC-TV:
Huntington Beach disturbance: 8 arrested, property damaged after US Open of Surfing
Discussion: The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Costa / National Review:
Mitch McConnell, Darth Vader
Ryan Parker / Denver Post:
Colorado concealed-carry permits see dramatic increase in 2013
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TalkLeft
Washington Post:
How the Obama campaign won the race for voter data
Discussion: Althouse