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9:15 AM ET, August 1, 2013

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John Schoonejongen / Capitol Quickies:
Rand Paul beer summit proposal rebuffed by Chris Christie  —  Hey, America.  Are you ready for another beer summit?  —  Sen. Rand Paul seems to be, but his enthusiasm isn't shared by Gov. Chris Christie, with whom the senator has been feuding over the past week.
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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.
Politico:
Why Rand Paul and Chris Christie went to war  —  Well, that was a splendid little war.  —  Over the last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took the GOP's intra-party bickering to a new level, openly savaging each other on issues of national security, privacy and government spending.
Discussion: Fox News and The Reaction
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Libertarians flex their muscle in the GOP
Discussion: New York Times
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's Long-Predicted Comeuppance Has Arrived  —  Republicans have dealt with some embarrassing moments on the House floor over the past year, but none so revealing or damning as today's snafu, when they yanked a bill to fund the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Republican fiscal splits erupt; Rogers rips party leadership on spending cuts
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Student loan bill passes House, heads to Obama
David Rogers / Politico:
THUD bill is pulled as GOP budget frays
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
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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Jesse Helfrich / Hillicon Valley:
Phone data collection declassified in effort to assuage Capitol Hill
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
New outrage over Benghazi  —  Washington (CNN) — A Republican lawmaker demanded Wednesday to know why investigators have not captured or killed any of the suspects in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, pointing out that CNN was able to find a man who some say was the ringleader …
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TMZ.com:
George Zimmerman DASHCAM VIDEO — Stopped By Cops for Speeding ... Gun in Car  —  DASHCAM VIDEO  —  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.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB prepared to ban A-Rod for life, suspend eight others  —  Commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension on New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, while suspending about eight others before the weekend, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
MiamiHerald.com:
Rev. Jesse Jackson calls Florida ‘Selma of our time’; Gov. Rick Scott calls for apology  —  TALLAHASSEE — It didn't take long for Florida's Republican leaders to lash out following comments made Tuesday by the Rev. Jesse Jackson during his visit with the Dream Defenders protest group at the Capitol.
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James Arkin / Politico:
Rick Scott: Jesse Jackson owes Fla. an apology
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Clive Crook / Bloomberg:
All This Inequality Talk Does Nothing for the Poor  —  Like any immigrant, I'm optimistic about the U.S. The crash will recede, confidence will come back and stronger growth will resume.  The zeal of ordinary Americans to work hard and prosper will prevail over the weary incompetence of the political class.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Detroit's death by democracy  —  In 1860, an uneasy Charles Darwin confided in a letter to a friend: “I had no intention to write atheistically” but “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention …
Discussion: Power Line
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's 2008 slaps still sting President Obama  —  “Friendship” was the main course during Hillary Clinton's lunch with President Barack Obama this week, according to an Obama spokesman, but no one could have blamed Clinton for ordering a small side of I-told-you-so.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Next iPad Mini Will Likely Have ‘Retina’ Display From Samsung  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc.'s suppliers are gearing up for mass production of a new iPad mini in the fourth quarter that will likely feature a high-resolution screen from Samsung, people familiar with the matter say …
BBC:
Japan minister retracts Nazi remarks  —  Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has retracted remarks suggesting that the country could learn from Nazi Germany's constitutional reform.  —  Mr Aso said on Monday Japan could “learn the technique” Nazi Germany used to change the Weimar constitution.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
R.I.P. DOGHOUSE RILEY.  —  As Lance Mannion said today, “Weird this internet world we've built.  Didn't know Doghouse but feel like we've lost a old colleague with an office just down the hall.”  After I got over the shock of hearing Doghouse Riley, aka Douglas Case of Indiana, was dead …
Discussion: World O' Crap
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Why Does America's Left View Larry Summers as a Right-Wing Hyena?  —  When I go back through the stuff he has been writing for his FT columns since he started in late 2006, it looks solidly in the progressive redistributionist Keynesian center-left:  — The global middle cries out for reassurance …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Prairie Weather
 
 
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