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2:35 PM 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.
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.
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: The BLT
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.
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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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Paul Ryan Wants Boehner To Bring Immigration Reform To A Vote Even If Most GOPers Don't Support It
Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Punts On Obamacare Shutdown Push
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner outlines new House Obamacare votes
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Yahoo! News:
McCain: Hillary Clinton vs. Rand Paul in 2016 would be ‘tough choice’
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Grows Faster Than Expected
RADAR:
Secret Sex Tape: Monica Lewinsky Caught On Explicit Recording Telling Bill Clinton, ‘I Could Take My Clothes Off...’  —  A sex tape that Monica Lewinsky recorded for Bill Clinton at the height of their scandalous affair has leaked, during which the former White House intern is heard planning …
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
Discussion: National Review
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's no-Congress strategy  —  President Barack Obama is planning to bypass congressional Republicans with a surge of executive actions and orders on issues like voting rights, health care, job creation, the economy, climate change and immigration.  —  And this time, he really, really, really means it.
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama defends Summers, tells Dems 'Don't believe HuffPost'  —  President Obama on Wednesday defended Larry Summers from liberal criticisms that the former-Treasury secretary is unfit to head the Federal Reserve.  —  Addressing House Democrats in the Capitol, Obama emphasized that he has not decided …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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
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: Althouse
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.
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 …
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
CNN: We Were Able to Interview Lead Benghazi Suspect for 2 Hours  —  John King reported this morning that a reporter from CNN was able to interview a lead suspect in the Benghazi terror attack for two hours:  —  The FBI has reportedly not been able to track-down the suspect, but CNN had no problem talking to him for two hours.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
 
 
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