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10:30 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.
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.
Yahoo! News:
As 2014 looms, GOP using Weiner as weapon against Bill Clinton
Discussion: Politico, The Week, CNN and Riehl World News
NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner would remain defiant even if the Clintons called for him to drop out of mayoral race
Associated Press:
Obama Challenges GOP to Accept Corporate Tax Deal  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered congressional Republicans a new corporate tax cut and jobs spending package he said might “help break through some of the political logjam in Washington,” …
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and Associated Press
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
Talking Points Memo:   Mike Lee To GOP On Obamacare: 'If You Fund It, You're For It'
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: White House has given enough to GOP
Discussion: CNN
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: Weasel Zippers and Gawker
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Says Goal Is Mideast Peace Deal Within 9 Months  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would convene again in the Middle East within two weeks and that their goal would be to work out a comprehensive peace agreement within nine months.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Admin meets with peace negotiators
Discussion: ABC News and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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 …
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
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Oprah hosting fundraiser for Cory Booker
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ron Wyden: Intel violations ‘troubling’
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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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Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Food Stamp Cuts Set To Kick In, Congress Not Paying Attention
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
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’
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