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USA Today:
Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda … BEIRUT — A Syrian rebel group's April pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda's replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group's influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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Politico:
Syria chemical weapons: President Obama's forced hand
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and CNN
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Clinton praises Syrian rebel support
Discussion: The Dish, Reuters and Post Politics
Daniel W. Drezner:
Why Obama is arming Syria's rebels: it's the realism, stupid.
New York Times:
Syria Has Used Chemical Arms on Rebels, U.S. and Allies Find
Associated Press:
Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels
Erik Wemple:
CBS News confirms multiple breaches of Sharyl Attkisson's computer  —  CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson revealed in May that her computer had been compromised.  When asked about the situation, CBS News responded with a statement that it was conducting an investigation.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Santorum: Why Romney didn't win  —  Rick Santorum ripped Mitt Romney's campaign Thursday for mishandling President Barack Obama's “you didn't build that” gaffe last summer.  —  The former Pennsylvania senator recalled all the business owners who spoke at the Republican National Convention.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Jeb Bush: U.S. economy needs immigrants because they're ‘more fertile’  —  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) argued Wednesday that the United States should pass immigration reform because the U.S. economy needs the labor of young immigrants, and immigrants are “more fertile.”
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Jeb Bush touts ‘fertile,’ pro-family immigrants  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday said the United States needs immigration reform because immigrants are more ‘fertile,’ have strong family values and will keep the nation young.  —  Speaking to an audience of religious conservatives …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bachmann, Gohmert, & Steve King Appeal Directly To Beck And His Audience: 'We're Losing Badly...'  —  With immigration reform still going through Congress, a number of conservative Republicans are not happy with how their party has jumped on the bandwagon to fight for a bill that concedes the argument to the Democrats.
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Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Reps. King, Bachmann and Gohmert beg Glenn Beck's viewers for support: We're losing badly
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms  —  Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
NSA leaker Snowden is lying, say leaders of House Intelligence Committee  —  The NSA leaker is lying about both his access to information and the scope of the secret surveillance programs he uncovered, the heads of the House Intelligence Committee charged Thursday.
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Snowden's Leaks on China Could Affect Its Role in His Fate
Reason:
Tap It: NSA Slow Jam (featuring Remy)  —  Government surveillance never sounded so smooth...  Government surveillance never sounded so smooth.  —  Song written and performed by Remy.  Produced by Meredith Bragg.  About 2:45 minutes.  —  Scroll below for downloadable versions and subscribe …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and The Daily Caller
Josh Margolin / ABCNEWS:
Christie, Bill Clinton Warm to Latest Bipartisan Presidential ‘Bromance’  —  What is it with Chris Christie and Democratic presidents?  —  First, the Republican governor from New Jersey surprised his party by embracing — both figuratively and literally — President Obama.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo's top lawyers made their case.  The government had sought help in spying on certain foreign users, without a warrant, and Yahoo had refused, saying the broad requests were unconstitutional.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sympathy for the Luddites  —  In 1786, the cloth workers of Leeds, a wool-industry center in northern England, issued a protest against the growing use of “scribbling” machines, which were taking over a task formerly performed by skilled labor.  “How are those men, thus thrown out of employ …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
The Bell Tolls for the ‘New Majority’  —  Next year should be a banner year for the GOP, and may yet be.  —  Obamacare, a “train wreck” about to happen, says Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, goes into full effect Jan. 1, with the popular IRS as enforcer.  —  The Obama media feel betrayed …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Religion and Inequality  —  About a century ago, Walter Judd was a 17-year-old boy hoping to go to college at the University of Nebraska.  His father pulled him aside and told him that, though the family had happily paid for Judd's two sisters to go to college, Judd himself would get no money for tuition or room and board.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Paul Ryan explains GOP's 2012 loss  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday that he and Mitt Romney lost in November in part because they were arguing against the “empty promises” of the not-yet-implemented Obamacare law.  —  “This was the challenge that Mitt Romney and I had in this last election …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Freedom: The Unfolding Revolution  —  'Why are there no libertarian countries?  In a much-discussed essay for Salon, Michael Lind asks: “If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Four States Pushing Through Last-Minute Abortion Restrictions Before Lawmakers Break For The Summer  —  (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  —  Across the country, states' legislative sessions are drawing to a close.  Over the past several months, lawmakers have been busy enacting …
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
FBI hasn't contacted a single tea party group in IRS probe, groups say  —  There is no evidence that the FBI has contacted a single tea party group in its criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the groups the IRS abused.  —  “We have not been contacted …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Birthday Song's Copyright Leads to a Lawsuit for the Ages  —  The song “Happy Birthday to You” is widely credited for being the most performed song in the world.  But one of its latest venues may be the federal courthouse in Manhattan, where the only parties may be the litigants to a new legal battle.
Discussion: Techdirt, The Verge and The Week
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Baucus: ‘Creeping’ interest in carbon tax  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said interest in carbon taxes among senators is “creeping up,” but his House GOP counterpart flatly said he's not open to the idea.  —  Baucus, the top Senate negotiator in tax code overhaul talks …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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