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The Thursday wrap

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In increasing number, Democrats have been stomping on the lifeless campaign of New York City mayor candidate Anthony Weiner amid revelations of his salacious messaging to women. Ditto for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner amid allegations that he sexually harassed women. But when Dems can no longer keep Messrs. Weiner and Filner on the public's radar — as more Americans grow disgusted and tune out these sideshows — what other ways will the party find to divert attention from a White House stalled on its major policies and running on empty? ... As Americans set out on their “staycations” — that is, those who have jobs — the first family will be heading off this month to Martha's Vineyard, where the Obamas will reportedly idle away the days at a $7.6 million home on the island's southern edge, The Washington Examiner reports. In “fairness” to those who have struggled through five years of a stagnant economy of President Obama's design and haven't been able to afford a vacation, we're sure the media will provide plenty of vacation snapshots of the Obamas. ... There are still no White House tours for everyday Americans, but White House parties continue for those deemed sufficiently privileged to meet the president, writes Keith Koffler for the White House Dossier. That would include the 130 guests at last week's Iftar dinner commemorating Ramadan. It featured Mr. Obama, senior aide Valerie Jarrett and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Far be it for any nasty ol' budget cuts to crimp Obama's busy social schedule.

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