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7:35 AM ET, August 1, 2013


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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 …
Jesse Helfrich / Hillicon Valley:
NSA phone data collection declassified in effort to assuage lawmaker concerns  —  The director of national intelligence on Wednesday declassified several documents about the government's phone data collection program as the Obama administration scrambled to assuage growing outrage on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Politico
Richard McGregor / Financial Times:
Obama defends Larry Summers to Democrats
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Republican fiscal splits erupt; Rogers rips party leadership on spending cuts
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Student loan bill passes House, heads to Obama
Discussion: Politico
David Rogers / Politico:
THUD bill is pulled as GOP budget frays
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: theGrio and The Hinterland Gazette
James Arkin / Politico:
Rick Scott: Jesse Jackson owes Fla. an apology
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
For Obama, some 2008 Clinton hits still resonate  —  “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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ted Cruz denies saying ‘surrender caucus’ —  the record says otherwise  —  Several Republicans have become concerned recently about the possibility of intensified intra-party fighting over the effort to defund Obamacare.  The topic came up Wednesday when GOP Sen. Ted Cruz …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: I didn't say ‘surrender caucus’
Discussion: Mediaite, Wonkblog and Hot Air
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Fewer Than Ten People Show Up For Ex-Gay Pride Event That Expected to Draw ‘Thousands’  —  Yesterday, American Family Radio's Sandy Rios spoke to Ex-Gay Pride Month organizer Christopher Doyle about today's ex-gay lobby day on Capitol Hill.  Doyle, who was organizing the since-canceled Ex-Gay Pride banquet …
Melissa Barnhart / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Ex-Gay Community Lobbies Congress for Recognition, Protection From Discrimination
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Sen. Heitkamp flying back to Washington to cast decisive vote on ATF nominee  —  The Senate is waiting for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) to cast the deciding vote on whether to end debate on President Obama's nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Uruguay MPs back marijuana legalisation bill  —  Uruguay's House of Representative has passed a bill to legalise marijuana.  —  If it goes on to be approved by the Senate, Uruguay will become the first country to regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana.
Discussion: The Week and Firedoglake
Katherine Heintzelman / PARADE Magazine:
Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker Talk Lee Daniels' The Butler, Racism, and the N-word  —  “People need to see this movie,” says Oprah of Lee Daniels' The Butler, which raises questions about race in America  —  In this weekend's issue, Parade features a very personal conversation with Forest Whitaker …
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Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Fix, Post Politics, Hot Air and Politico
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Palin PAC raises $460K in first half of year
Michael Walsh / National Review:
‘No-Government’ Conservatives and the Meta-Narrative
Discussion: American Spectator and Ed Driscoll
Steve Coll / News Desk:
How Egypt Will Shake the World
Discussion: Daniel Pipes
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