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12:20 AM ET, July 31, 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 …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Manning found not guilty of aiding the enemy, guilty of espionage
Denis Hamill / NY Daily News:
Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner talks about his marriage, the sexting scandal and his hopes for City Hall
NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner would remain defiant even if the Clintons called for him to drop out of mayoral race
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.
Associated Press:
Obama Challenges GOP to Accept Corporate Tax Deal
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and Associated Press
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama, GOP clash over proposed ‘grand bargain’
New York Times:
Obama Proposes Deal Over Taxes and Jobs
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
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
N.Y.'s Large Soda Ban Block Ruling Upheld on Appeal
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Talking Points Memo:
Mike Lee To GOP On Obamacare: 'If You Fund It, You're For It'  —  Tea party Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) put the GOP on notice Tuesday by characterizing a vote against shutting down the government by refusing to fund the Affordable Care Act as endorsing the law outright.  —  “Defund it, or own it.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: White House has given enough to GOP
Discussion: CNN
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:   Jon Favreau on the Destructive Rise of the No-Government Conservatives
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Obama Asks Graham, McCain to Travel to Egypt
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Associated Press
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
San Diego sues Mayor Bob Filner  —  San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is facing yet another lawsuit, this time from his own city.  —  San Diego is suing its mayor for the costs incurred as a result of the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by his former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson …
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
San Diego to sue Mayor Filner for costs of sexual harassment suit
Discussion: Gawker and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Gov't Knows Best?  White House creates ‘nudge squad’ to shape behavior  —  The federal government is hiring what it calls a “Behavioral Insights Team” that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by
Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness  —  A frightening and violent mob swept through the normally quiet seaside community of Huntington Beach last night following a surfing competition in the area.  Businesses were vandalized and looted, portable toilets overturned …
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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ron Wyden: Intel violations ‘troubling’  —  Sen. Ron Wyden said Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies' violations of court orders on surveillance of Americans is worse than the government is letting on.  —  Wyden (D-Ore.), as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee …
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Oprah hosting fundraiser for Cory Booker
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Democrats, Too, Plan to Slam Washington in August
Discussion: Reuters
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
How Liberals Have It Wrong About Rush And Sean
Discussion: TALKERS.COM and NewsBusters blogs
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’
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Says Goal Is Mideast Peace Deal Within 9 Months
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Food Stamp Cuts Set To Kick In, Congress Not Paying Attention
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
UCSD Student “Forgotten by DEA” to Get Millions
Discussion: Colorlines, The Raw Story and TalkLeft
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why NSA Surveillance Will Be More Damaging Than You Think
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Wrinkle in Health Law Vexes Lawmakers' Aides