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5:50 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.
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Rand Paul explains why both sides are losing the GOP civil war
Discussion: The Stranger …
NBC's Kasie Hunt / First Read:
Cruz: Republicans not willing to ‘stand up’ to defund Obamacare
Digby / Crooks and Liars:   Blue America Chat: Meet Barbara Buono, Chris Christie's Worst Nightmare
The Right Scoop:
Ted Cruz responds to Chris Christie: The principles of liberty are the foundation of this country
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
What the Pope Did and Didn't Say on the Plane  —  Papal plane rides have been known to get people talking.  Infamously, there was Pope Benedict's 2009 plane ride to Africa, when a remark about condoms was woefully misunderstood (and the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires …
Discussion:, ThinkProgress and The Dish
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’
John L. Allen Jr /
Pope on homosexuals: ‘Who am I to judge?’
Discussion: The Dish
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 29, 2013 - Weiner Should Drop Out, NYC Likely Dem Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Quinn Leads, With De Blasio, Thompson Tied For Second  —  Congressman Anthony Weiner drops to fourth place among likely Democratic primary voters in the race for New York City mayor …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
NYC Poll: Majority say Weiner should call it quits
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Gawker
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,” …
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 …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning judge to release verdict on Tuesday in WikiLeaks trial  —  Army private faces sentence of life in military custody with no chance of parole if convicted on ‘aiding the enemy’ charge  —  Bradley Manning, the self-confessed source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of US state secrets …
CNN:   (CNN) — After spending three years in custody, the man accused …
Anthea Butler / Guardian:
Conservatives bashed me for speaking out about the Zimmerman verdict  —  America may be a nation of ‘free speech’, but be prepared to be bullied and harassed for speaking up, especially on race  —  Hours after the George Zimmerman verdict, I found myself at my computer, calling to mind a text I had first read in seminary.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Natalie Solent
Hannah Jeffrey / Texas on the Potomac:
Congressional Black Caucus recommends Sheila Jackson Lee for Homeland Security Secretary  —  Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus' suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
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 …
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.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Obama Vineyard vacation at $7.6m private resort, over 75 rooms booked for staff  —  MASSACHUSETTS WASHINGTON SECRETS WHITE HOUSE  —  The Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, the exclusive playground for presidents and their families, is about to get its annual summer infusion of cash …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Widening Regional Divide over Abortion Laws  —  OVERVIEW  —  While the balance of opinion toward abortion nationwide has remained largely steady over the past 20 years, there are widening disparities in public attitudes on the issue across different regions of the country.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Firedoglake and CNN
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP leaders may have trouble adjourning for the summer  —  House Republican leaders looking to adjourn for the August break at the end of this week could run into trouble, as members of both parties might vote against leaving to protest the lack of progress on spending measures, immigration, the budget and the farm bill.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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CBS Atlanta:
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Discussion: Vox Popoli
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105 kids rescued from prostitution rings; 150 arrested
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