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9:10 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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?”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: White House has given enough to GOP
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Obama Challenges GOP to Accept Corporate Tax Deal
Discussion: Associated Press, Firedoglake and CNN
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy
Court: Manning didn't aid enemy
The White House:
FACT SHEET: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class: Jobs  —  One of the cornerstones of the President's plan to create a better bargain for the middle class is to ensure that every American who is willing to work for it will have the opportunity for a good job that pays good wages.
Discussion: Wonkblog, New Republic and Firedoglake
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.)
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
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.
Adam Beam / The State:
S.C. GOP fundraising email calls IRS 'Obama's Gestapo'  —  COLUMBIA, SC — The South Carolina Republican Party called the Internal Revenue Service “Obama's Gestapo” in a fundraising email on Tuesday in yet another reference to Adolf Hitler by one of the state's two major political parties.
Discussion: Politico
The Charlotte Observer:
Gov. McCrory gives protesters cookies, they give them back  —  Gov. Pat McCrory hasn't been willing to meet with the women (and a few men) protesting an abortion bill that opponents say restricts access to safe abortions.  But he did stop by this afternoon with a plate of chocolate chip cookies.
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.
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: Guardian, BBC and The Verge
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Immigration lobby prepares to camp out in Republican districts over recess  —  Business groups, tech companies and labor unions are bringing down the hammer on House Republicans over immigration reform.  —  Supporters of immigration reform worry the August recess could be their Waterloo …
Discussion: Politico
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, BBC, AllThingsD and Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Hoover Institution:
Obama's Middle Class Malaise  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  Income redistribution and pro-union policies are hurting, not helping, the economy.  —  This past week in Galesburg …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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.
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 …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Oprah hosting fundraiser for Cory Booker  —  Oprah Winfrey is lending her star power to Newark Mayor Cory Booker's Senate bid.  —  The talk show queen is set to host a fundraiser for Booker in New Jersey on Thursday.  The event, flagged by the Sunlight Foundation, will be held at Liberty House restaurant, and tickets start at $1,000.
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and PoliticusUSA
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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Democrats, Too, Plan to Slam Washington in August
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
How Liberals Have It Wrong About Rush And Sean
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs and TALKERS.COM
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Greenwald: NSA hearing canceled
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Obama Asks Graham, McCain to Travel to Egypt
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Amash: Michigan Senate race ‘very difficult’
Discussion: Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Mike Lee To GOP On Obamacare: 'If You Fund It, You're For It'
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama: Pay gap ‘morally wrong’
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Says Goal Is Mideast Peace Deal Within 9 Months
Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness
UCSD Student “Forgotten by DEA” to Get Millions
Discussion: Colorlines, The Raw Story and TalkLeft