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5:55 PM ET, July 30, 2013


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Bradley Manning found not guilty of aiding the enemy, guilty on other charges  —  (CNN) — A military judge has found Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, not guilty of aiding the enemy — a charge that would have carried a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Manning 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 of violating …
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 …
U.S. News:
Manning acquitted of aiding enemy but convicted on other charges
Medina Roshan / Reuters:
Bradley Manning verdict: Judge finds soldier in WikiLeaks case not guilty of aiding enemy
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Concern grows for Huma Abedin within Clinton world  —  In 2011, Huma Abedin had support from her friends and Clinton associates when she decided to stay with her husband, scandal-plagued New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.  —  The past week, that support has morphed into concern.
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Weiner's wife meets with Hillary Clinton spokesman
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner would remain defiant even if the Clintons called for him to drop out of mayoral race
Discussion: Post Politics
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Offers to Cut Corporate Tax Rate as Part of Jobs Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, in a bid to break a stalemate with the Republican-controlled House, will announce Tuesday that he will agree to cut corporate tax rates in return for a commitment from Republicans to invest in middle-class jobs.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Offer New Deal on Corporate Taxes, Jobs  —  By - PETER NICHOLAS and - JOHN MCKINNON  —  Hoping to break an impasse, President Barack Obama today will extend a new offer to congressional Republicans in which he would back an overhaul of the corporate tax system in exchange for a guarantee …
Washington Wire:
Text of Obama's Remarks on Middle-Class Jobs
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
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Admin meets with peace negotiators  —  Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will work toward a final status peace agreement over the next nine months, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday, after an initial set of meetings in Washington, including one hosted by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: ABC News and Taylor Marsh
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
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.
Chris Frates /
Inside Boehner's Strategy to Slow Walk Immigration to the Finish Line  —  House leaders put off immigration votes until after August recess, seeing delay as the best way to pass reform.  —  House Republicans head home for the August break having done little to pass immigration reform …
Roll Call:
Obamacare Defunding Fight Could Threaten Boehner Leverage, Message
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
No Senate run for EMILY's List chief  —  EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock will not be running for Senate in Montana, dealing another blow to Democrats' hopes to retain the open seat in 2014.  —  “I would love to say yes, but this is not the right time,” Schriock said in a statement Tuesday.
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
EMILY's List president passes on Montana Senate bid
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
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.
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, TalkLeft and The Raw Story
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 …
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama: Pay gap ‘morally wrong’
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Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
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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
Bill Nojay / Wall Street Journal:
Lessons From a Front-Row Seat for Detroit's Dysfunction
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Virginia's McDonnell giving it all back
Discussion: Politico
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Regionalism: Obama's Quiet Anti-Suburban Revolution
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Palin top pick of Alaska Republicans
Discussion: Valley Fever, PoliticusUSA and Hot Air
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Cardinal Downplays Pope Francis' Gay Remark: Homosexual Acts Are Still A ‘Sin’
New York Times:
Corrections: July 30, 2013  —  Because of an editing error …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Wrinkle in Health Law Vexes Lawmakers' Aides
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Why Didn't Liz Cheney Run for the Senate in Virginia?
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A City Invokes Seizure Laws to Save Homes