The morning NOW: 7/30/13

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AP Photo/Susan Walsh
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Susan Walsh

We begin with this gem from today’s NY Daily News interview with Anthony Weiner, which typifies the dignity and poise with which he has handled this entire affair.

Q. There is no one you are sexting now?
A. You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends but what we’re talking about is over a year ago.

At a certain point, if the answer isn’t “no”, isn’t it just better to just say “yes”? But then, what would people like me do with our time.
Joining Alex today:
Ari Berman, Contributing Writer, The Nation (@AriBerman)
Melissa Harris-Perry, msnbc Host, “Melissa Harris Perry” (@mharrisperry)
Sam Stein, Political Editor and White House Correspondent, The Huffington Post/msnbc contributor (@samsteinhp)
Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine (@markleibovich)
As his middle-class jobs tour continues, today President Obama will be visiting the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, TN to discuss proposals to jumpstart private sector job growth. Unsurprisingly, not everyone is thrilled about his choice of venue, particularly booksellers and publishers, who see it as evidence that the administration is “in the tank” for Amazon. For it’s part, the White House calls the facility “a perfect example of the company that is investing in American workers and creating good, high-wage jobs,” and is proposing a “grand bargain” on jobs that would reduce corporate taxes in exchange for a Republican commitment to invest in middle-class jobs (Good luck with that!). Are corporate tax cuts the sort of job creating shot-in-the-arm the country needs, and is there any chance of actually making a deal? If you’re reading this, you probably know the answer to that one.
Within hours of the Supreme Court’s decimation of the Voting Rights Act, states like Texas and North Carolina were already hard at work enacting voter suppression identification laws that had previously been determined to impose “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor and racial minorities…” The recently passed North Carolina law ensures electoral integrity by doing away with frivolities like Sunday voting, extending voting hours to accommodate long lines…you know, things that actually make it easier to vote. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory did not do much to quell concerns when he conceded at a press conference Friday that he had not even read the bill he would proceed to sign into law. The DOJ has announced it will be challenging voting rights cases around the country, but with 23 states with Republican dominance in the legislature and the governor’s office, have the die been cast?
And your daily dose of Weiner. It can’t go on forever. Right?
It all happens at 12pm ET.

The morning NOW: 7/30/13

Updated