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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.
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?”
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.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Top Anthony Weiner Aide Goes On Stunning Expletive-Laden Rant About Former Campaign Intern
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Axelrod: Weiner won't hurt Hillary Clinton
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Anthony Weiner Spokeswoman Apologizes For Calling Former Intern A “Slutbag”
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Yahoo! News:
Weiner speaks out in new ad: 'Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City'
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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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Yahoo! News:
McCain: Hillary Clinton vs. Rand Paul in 2016 would be ‘tough choice’
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Rand Paul / CNN:
McCain: ‘Tough choice’ picking between Clinton and Rand Paul
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.
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
Raleigh News & Observer:
McCrory delivers cookies, protesters don't like the message  —  Editor's note: Reader comments have been disabled on this story because of numerous violations of our comment policy.  —  Gov. Pat McCrory hasn't been willing to meet with the women (and a few men) protesting an abortion bill …
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.
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.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate confirms all five NLRB members  —  After a contentious fight over some of President Obama's nominees, the Senate confirmed five members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  —  On Tuesday, the Senate voted to clear all five nominees — Harry Johnson III, Philip Miscimarra, Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa and Mark Pearce.
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 …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Liberal group pranks Steve King  —  Rep. Steve King got more than he bargained for when he embedded a liberal group's YouTube video of the congressman's remarks into a fundraising email.  —  American Bridge decided to have some fun with the Iowa Republican, adding some text to their video …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups  —  Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission's general counsel's office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC's vote …
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 …
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
70 Percent Of Americans Support Universal Preschool Access  —  Seventy percent of Americans support providing all low- and moderate-income four year olds with access to high quality preschool, according to a poll released Wednesday by Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Tom Cotton to run for Senate in Ark.  —  Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will run for the Senate, The Hill has confirmed.  —  Cotton's decision to challenge Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) gives Republicans their top recruit in a must-win state for the party.  —  The freshman congressman …
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
 
 
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Susan Jacoby / New York Times:
Weiner's Women  —  THERE is something missing from the endless …
Discussion: Althouse
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Conservative groups launch August recess immigration push
Discussion: Politico
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Bradley Manning acquitted of most serious charge, convicted of others
Discussion: TIME, The Agonist and American Power
Washington Post:
Government unveils secret order to Verizon
Ben Terris / NationalJournal.com:
He Beat Allen West and All He Got Was the Most Boring Job In Congress
 Earlier Items: 
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
GOP presses new FBI director to step up Benghazi investigation
Noam Scheiber / New Republic:
Obstructing Obama Isn't in the House's GOP's Self-Interest
Discussion: The Plum Line and Roll Call
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Effort to get NSA leaker Edward Snowden's father to Moscow collapses
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
Adam Beam / The State:
S.C. GOP fundraising email calls IRS 'Obama's Gestapo'
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite