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5:35 PM ET, July 31, 2013

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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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Outlines N.S.A.'s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States …
Washington Post:
Government unveils secret order to Verizon
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The BLT
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Whither the GOP?  Republicans Want Change, But Split over Party's Direction  —  Ryan Has Broader Appeal in GOP than Paul, Rubio or Christie  —  OVERVIEW  —  Coming off of two consecutive presidential election defeats, most Republican voters believe that their party must address major problems to be more competitive in the future.
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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.
David Rogers / Politico:
THUD bill pulled from House floor  —  With support collapsing, a $44.1 billion transportation and housing bill was pulled abruptly from the House floor Wednesday, and top Republicans conceded it was a further sign that the party's budget strategy is unraveling.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Erik Wasson / The Hill:   Appropriations chief lashes out at GOP after spending bill is pulled
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Source: Obama was ‘rude and dismissive’ in exchange with Democrat  —  Washington (CNN) - During a question and answer session Wednesday with Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama offered what Democratic sources said was a testy response to a question about a federal loan guarantee program …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama defends Summers, tells Dems 'Don't believe HuffPost'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Weighing Pick for Fed Chief, Obama Defends Summers
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
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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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
McCain strolls into Dem caucus meeting  —  Sen. John McCain — a Democrat?  —  There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama's meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol.  —  The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Quit Is the Way to Roll  —  The cruelly misunderstood Anthony Weiner …
George Zimmerman / TMZ.com:
George Zimmerman DASHCAM VIDEO — Stopped By Cops for Speeding ... Gun in Car  —  Stopped By Cops, Packing Heat  —  EXCLUSIVE DETAILS  —  1:55 PM PT — We've obtained the police dashcam video of the stop ... in which George Zimmerman informs the cop he has a firearm in his glove box.
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Glenn Beck: “I Was Diane Sawyer's Little Bitch”  —  Beck's radio program goes off the rails and his co-host Stu is left almost speechless.  “Don't even think about what you're saying.  Just go with it.”  —  Watch as Beck's radio program descends into chaos.  —  View Video ›
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 …
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The Hill:
The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People  —  Welcome to The Hill's annual 50 Most Beautiful list!  —  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the list and brings in a slew of new faces as, for the first time, White House and executive branch employees were eligible for consideration.
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
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Kenneth M. Pollack / Brookings Institute:   The Fall and Rise and Fall of Iraq
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Paul Ryan Wants Boehner To Bring Immigration Reform To A Vote Even If Most GOPers Don't Support It  —  RACINE, Wisconsin — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) made a little-noticed pronouncement at a town hall Friday that could have major implications for the prospects of immigration reform passing the House of Representatives.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner outlines new House Obamacare votes
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Tamara Keith / NPR:
Report: IRS Scrutiny Worse For Conservatives
BuzzFeed:
23 Libertarian Problems  —  Yes, I do sleep on a copy of Atlas Shrugged .  —  When someone tells you your “crazy views will never win an election.”  —  “Is this like your bible?”  —  When you get a fundraising text from the RNC.  —  Source: blog.asiantown.net  —  View Entire List ›
Susan Jacoby / New York Times:
Weiner's Women  —  THERE is something missing from the endless moralizing and sophomoric jokes aimed at Anthony D. Weiner.  That something is the role of women in a coarse and creepy Internet culture dedicated to the fulfillment of both male and female desires for virtual carnal knowledge.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Althouse and The Dish
Steve Coll / News Desk:
How Egypt Will Shake the World  —  In late 1991, amid the worldwide wave of elections that followed the end of the Cold War, Algeria's military-backed government held a national vote and very reluctantly invited a coalition of previously repressed Islamists to take part.
Discussion: Daniel Pipes
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.
 
 
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Katherine Heintzelman / PARADE Magazine:
Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker Talk Lee Daniels' The Butler, Racism, and the N-word
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Report finds TSA misconduct
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weekly Standard
Benno Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
Benno Schmidt: Mitch Daniels's Gift to Academic Freedom
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
CNN: We Were Able to Interview Lead Benghazi Suspect for 2 Hours
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Obama's Five Disconnects
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Clare O'Connor / Forbes:
How Much Would A Big Mac Cost If McDonald's Workers Were Paid $15 Per Hour?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
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He Beat Allen West and All He Got Was the Most Boring Job In Congress
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