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11:35 AM ET, July 31, 2013

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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Top Weiner Aide Trashes Intern Who Wrote Campaign Tell-All  —  Tuesday was an angry day in Weinerland.  —  The campaign staff awoke to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News.  Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told …
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Olivia Nuzzi / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner intern reveals why she, fellows joined New York mayoral campaign  —  Says Olivia Nuzzi: Several of my friends sent me links to the same online ad for the Weiner campaign, seeking applications for internships.  They thought it would be educational and entertaining.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Huma Abedin to take break from job with Hillary Clinton  —  Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's transition office chief and the wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is expected to take extended vacation time from her job with the former first lady in the coming days, sources told POLITICO.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Quit Is the Way to Roll  —  The cruelly misunderstood Anthony Weiner has “no idea” if he's about to be stabbed by another stiletto heel.  —  “These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them,” he told Denis Hamill of The Daily News.  “But who knows what they might do now?”
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Axelrod: Weiner won't hurt Hillary Clinton  —  David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, on Tuesday said the “sexting” scandal surrounding former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) would not hurt Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Yahoo! News:
Weiner speaks out in new ad: 'Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City'
Discussion: Hot Air
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Anthony Weiner Spokeswoman Apologizes For Calling Former Intern A “Slutbag”
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Isaac Chotiner / New Republic:
John McCain, Undecided 2016 Voter  —  Interview: McCain on Fox News Schizophrenia, Tea Party Nihilism, and Choosing Between Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul in 2016  —  It has been difficult to follow politics over the past several months without sensing the presence of a new John McCain.  (Again.)
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Rand Paul / CNN:
McCain: ‘Tough choice’ picking between Clinton and Rand Paul  —  (CNN) - Choosing who to vote for in a potential 2016 matchup between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rand Paul would be hard for Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican joked in an interview published Wednesday.
Yahoo! News:
McCain: Hillary Clinton vs Rand Paul in 2016 would be ‘tough choice’  —  This probably won't do anything to stem the tide of “The Maverick Is Back” headlines.  Sen. John McCain said in an interview published Wednesday in the New Republic that if the 2016 White House race boils …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’  —  • XKeyscore gives ‘widest-reaching’ collection of online data  —  • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches  —  • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Greenwald: NSA hearing canceled
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Obama's ‘Grand Bargain’ Tax Plan Is Hard Sell to GOP  —  Lawmakers regarded President Barack Obama's latest attempt to engage them on an economic proposal as largely irrelevant Tuesday, with neither Democrats nor Republicans viewing it as an actual step forward toward breaking their ongoing budget impasse.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and New York Times
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Politico:
Dave Camp weighing Michigan Senate bid
Discussion: Ballot Box, Post Politics and The Fix
Politico:
Ted Cruz taunts fellow Republicans in Obamacare fight  —  Ted Cruz is taking his hardball tactics to a whole new level.  —  The Texas freshman senator and his senior aides are unleashing a barrage of attacks on their fellow Republicans for refusing to support their plan to choke off Obamacare as a condition for funding the government.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, second quarter 2013 (advance estimate);  —  Comprehensive Revision: 1929 through 1st quarter 2013  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
GOOD JILL, BAD JILL … Justin Lane/EPA/Getty  —  “The New York Times,” Abramson told Nate Silver's agent, “is always the prettiest girl at the party.” … Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times/Redux  —  Sulzberger (at right) with four of his five executive editors: (from left) Keller, Abramson, Max Frankel, and Joseph Lelyveld.
Townhall.com:
IRS Targeted Existing Conservative Organizations, Too?!  —  Leaders from existing conservative organizations The Leadership Institute and the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute have made credible claims that they, too, were targeted by the IRS  —  The former has been in existence since 1979 …
Discussion: NPR, protein wisdom and The PJ Tatler
Michael Maiello / Esquire:
KENNETH POLLACK: IF ONLY WE COULD REINVADE IRAQ  —  In the years leading up to the invasion of Iraq, noted Democratic hawk Kenneth M. Pollack played an instrumental role in building bipartisan support for George W. Bush's war of choice.  Today, as a Senior Fellow at Brookings …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Amita Sharma / KPBS San Diego:
8th Woman Accuses Filner Of Unwanted Sexual Advances … A San Diego woman told KPBS News in an exclusive interview that Mayor Bob Filner tried to kiss her after a business meeting in 2011 when he was a congressman.  —  Lisa Curtin, who is director of government and military education …
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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Zynga Sues Casual Sex App Over Trademark Infringement  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) sued the maker of the “Bang With Friends” casual sex Internet application over claims it infringes Zynga's trademark for its “with friends” family of games.  —  Bang With Friends Inc., the maker of the application …
Discussion: GigaOM, Guardian, The Verge, BBC and Gawker
Nicholas A. Cummings / USA Today:
Sexual reorientation therapy not unethical: Column  —  Southern Poverty Law Center wrongly fighting against patients' right to choose.  —  CONNECT  —  TheSouthern Poverty Law Centerhas done amazing service for our nation in fighting prejudice.  But it has gone astray …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Black Holes at China's Shadow Banks  —  When I speak of cracks in China's institutional foundation, I'm thinking in large part of China's banking system — which as far as I can tell, isn't really a banking system the way that we think of it.  —  Banks are controlled by the government …
Clare O'Connor / Forbes:
How Much Would A Big Mac Cost If McDonald's Workers Were Paid $15 Per Hour?  —  The plight of McDonald's minimum-wage workers made headlines earlier this month when the burger chain published a much-maligned sample monthly budget, purportedly aimed at helping its staffers save money.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Look out below!  Work more, get less in Obamacare ‘cliff’  —  Be careful you don't fall off the Obamacare “cliff” when the boss asks you to put in some overtime.  —  Working more could ultimately mean thousands of dollars less for you under a quirk in the new health-care law going into effect this fall.
AnandTech:
Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4  —  Somehow both Anand and I ended up with international versions of Samsung's Galaxy S 4, equipped with the first generation Exynos 5 Octa (5410) SoC.  Anand bought an international model GT-I9500 while I held out for the much cooler …
Discussion: The Verge, Guardian, AllThingsD and BBC
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
GOP presses new FBI director to step up Benghazi investigation  —  A letter from GOP lawmakers urges Comey to be more “aggressive” in investigating the deadly attack.  —  Republican lawmakers are pressing James Comey, the new FBI director, to step up the bureau's investigation …
 
 
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Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Mayoral Candidate Weiner Drops to Fourth in Poll
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Noam Scheiber / New Republic:
Obstructing Obama Isn't in the House's GOP's Self-Interest
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Effort to get NSA leaker Edward Snowden's father to Moscow collapses
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S.C. GOP fundraising email calls IRS 'Obama's Gestapo'
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Hispanic win: ‘California can be Republican again’
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Immigration lobby prepares to camp out in Republican districts over recess
Discussion: Politico
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
How Liberals Have It Wrong About Rush And Sean
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Bloomberg:
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