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8:45 PM ET, July 30, 2013


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of “aiding the enemy” for his release of hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.  But she convicted him of multiple counts …
Court: Manning didn't aid enemy  —  Fort Meade, Maryland (CNN) — A military judge acquitted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on Tuesday of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of violations of the Espionage Act for turning over a trove of classified data to the website WikiLeaks …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Bradley Manning trial verdict: Acquitted of aiding the enemy, convicted on lesser charges  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge Tuesday acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge the Army intelligence analyst faced for leaking hundreds of thousands …
Statement by Julian Assange on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial  —  Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offences for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ‘espionage’.  He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years.
U.S. News:
Manning acquitted of aiding enemy but convicted on other charges
Paul Ryan / USA Today:
Obama's ‘grand bargain’ for Big Business  —  President's pitch to cut corporate tax rates leaves families and small businesses behind.  —  CONNECT  —  Today, in a speech in Chattanooga, Tenn, President Obama said he's interested in tax reform for corporations — but not for families or small businesses.
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama, GOP clash over proposed ‘grand bargain’
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
Jon Favreau on the Destructive Rise of the No-Government Conservatives  —  The Republican Party is divided—and the small-government conservatives, who want to reduce government's size but preserve its institutions, are losing.  Jon Favreau on the ruinous ideology that's ascendant.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: White House has given enough to GOP
Discussion: CNN
Talking Points Memo:   Mike Lee To GOP On Obamacare: 'If You Fund It, You're For It'
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Obama Asks Graham, McCain to Travel to Egypt
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Appeals court upholds ruling slapping down Mayor Bloomberg's soda ban  —  An appeals court today dealt another blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed soda ban, calling the controversial regulation “invalid” because it violates “the principle of separation of powers.”
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Bloomberg's ban on big sodas is unconstitutional: appeals court  —  (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries was rejected by a state appeals court on Tuesday, which said he had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Appeals court cans N.Y.C. soda ban
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Denis Hamill / NY Daily News:
Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner talks about his marriage, the sexting scandal and his hopes for City Hall  —  Anthony Weiner's campaign to be the Democratic candidate for mayor has been fraught with challenges.  He sat down with Denis Hamill talk about these difficulties, his home life and what he wants from office.
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Blaming Huma Abedin  —  Anthony Weiner, the New York mayoral candidate, says that his decision to stay in the race despite another sex chat scandal “is not about me.  It's about the citizens of New York.”  —  Unfortunately, that is just not the case.  It's about the mayoral race, yes …
Yahoo! News:
As 2014 looms, GOP using Weiner as weapon against Bill Clinton  —  Republicans fighting to retake control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections fear Bill Clinton as a popular, vote-getting, fundraising-powerhouse threat to their aspirations.  Enter Anthony Weiner …
NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner would remain defiant even if the Clintons called for him to drop out of mayoral race
Discussion: Gawker and Post Politics
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Groundswell: A Secret Tape Reveals How It Lobbied Boehner and Issa on Benghazi  —  As Mother Jones revealed last week, Groundswell, the hush-hush right-wing strategy group partly led by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, wanted to hype the Benghazi tragedy …
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Another Citizens United—but Worse  —  Think the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United was bad?  A worse one may be on the horizon.  —  To recognize the problem, it's necessary to review some of the Court's gnarled history on the subject of campaign finance.
Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough  —  Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit.
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Democrats, Too, Plan to Slam Washington in August  —  House Democrats and Republicans appear to be taking the same message home for August: Washington is broken.  —  The only difference is whom they're pointing the finger at for breaking it.  —  In the Democrats' case …
Discussion: Reuters
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Paul: Christie is the ‘king of bacon’ on government spending  —  (CNN) - The feuding between Republicans Chris Christie and Rand Paul continued Tuesday as the senator from Kentucky cautioned the governor from New Jersey was picking a fight with the wrong guy.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Immigration bill: John McCain says ‘border surge’ could be changed  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled Tuesday that the dramatic boost in border-security in the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill could be one of the provisions that may be changed in a potential House-Senate compromise.
UCSD Student “Forgotten by DEA” to Get Millions  —  Daniel Chong was hospitalized in April 2012 after spending five days in a DEA holding cell without food or water  —  The U.S. government will pay $4.1 million in response to a lawsuit filed against federal agents who forgot …
Discussion: Colorlines, The Raw Story and TalkLeft
Guns Are for White People  —  By Francis Wilkinson 2013-07-30T14:13:25Z  —  Everybody's white.  That's the conclusion from a survey of gun magazines I bought the other day.  The survey, I admit, was not conducted in accord with the best research practices: I asked the guy at the subway kiosk …
Discussion: The Stranger …
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
CBC recommends Sheila Jackson Lee for Homeland Security post  —  Just two weeks after Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, the Congressional Black Caucus has suggested Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston fill her spot.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why NSA Surveillance Will Be More Damaging Than You Think  —  The real threat from terrorism is not the harm it inflicts directly but the over-reaction it provokes.  We saw that with the invasion of Iraq.  We're seeing it with security-state overreach.  —  This column over the weekend …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin top pick of Alaska Republicans  —  Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year...but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin.  36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they'd like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% …
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Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Ark. District Arming Teachers, Staff With Guns
Discussion: Slate and ThinkProgress
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ron Wyden: Intel violations ‘troubling’
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Techdirt and
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
How Liberals Have It Wrong About Rush And Sean
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs and TALKERS.COM
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Greenwald: NSA hearing canceled
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Amash: Michigan Senate race ‘very difficult’
Discussion: Politico
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama: Pay gap ‘morally wrong’
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Says Goal Is Mideast Peace Deal Within 9 Months
 Earlier Items: 
Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Food Stamp Cuts Set To Kick In, Congress Not Paying Attention
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Virginia's McDonnell giving it all back
Discussion: Politico
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Regionalism: Obama's Quiet Anti-Suburban Revolution
Discussion: Power Line and VodkaPundit
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Cardinal Downplays Pope Francis' Gay Remark: Homosexual Acts Are Still A ‘Sin’
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Wrinkle in Health Law Vexes Lawmakers' Aides