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7:25 PM ET, August 7, 2013

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The Daily Beast:
Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts  —  It wasn't just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures—but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report.
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Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Broad U.S. terror alert mystifies experts; 'It's crazy pants,' one says  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama reminds Marines of continued al Qaeda threats
Discussion: Politico
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
IN REBUKE, OBAMA CANCELS MOSCOW SUMMIT WITH PUTIN  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  —  The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring …
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Politico:
Jay Leno's interview with President Obama (transcript, video)  —  Q Welcome the President of the United States — Barack Obama.  (Applause.)  —  Welcome back, sir.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  It's good to be back.  (Applause.)  —  Q Well, we're thrilled to have you.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's Russia reset unravels
Discussion: CNN, Techdirt and The Hill
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
MAD: Obama goes ‘spy vs. spy’
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
The White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on the President's Travel to Russia
Ruth Marcus / Real Clear Politics:
The Day Our Earth Stood Still  —  Don Graham's decision to sell The Washington Post was his reverse Sophie's Choice moment.  —  She had to decide which cherished child to save and which to send to the gas chamber.  Don and the Graham family weren't forced to make an anguishing choice but did so anyway.
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Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Post's Fire Sale
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum: Liberals ‘Make It Uncomfortable For Students’ To Shower At The Gym  —  Next time you feel uncomfortable showering at the gym, blame it on liberals and their abortion rights agenda.  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) does.  —  Speaking to anti-abortion group Students …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Rasmussen Reports:
Christie Is Candidate GOP Voters Want Least As Their 2016 Nominee  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he's the candidate they least want to see nominated.
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Blake Neff / Ballot Box:
Christie surges in New Hampshire
Discussion: Reuters
Yahoo! News:
Ron Paul: Retired but not relenting
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and ABC News
Arizona Republic:
Hundreds protest Obama outside Phoenix high school  —  FONT:  —  Hundreds of protesters wielded signs, chanted slogans and argued with each other Tuesday outside Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, while President Barack Obama spoke about housing and the economy inside.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski clash over Fox, MSNBC  —  Co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough clashed Wednesday morning on “Morning Joe” over whether there is a difference between Fox News and MSNBC, with Brzezinski calling Fox a “mouthpiece for the Republican Party.”
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Joe Sutter / Messenger News:
King: Global warming ‘not proven, not science’  —  Congressman addresses FD crowd Tuesday  —  While a warmer planet may not be harmful, deficit spending and Obamacare are, according to Rep. Steve King.  —  King, the Republicn who represents Iowa's 4th Congressional District …
Discussion: E2-Wire and Daily Kos
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Steve King: Belief In Climate Change Is A ‘Religion,’ ‘Not Science’
Robert Zubrin / National Review:
Give Snowden Immunity  —  The United States should give former NSA contractor Edward Snowden immunity from prosecution in exchange for congressional testimony.  —  The suggestion may strike many of my fellow national-security conservatives as outrageous.  Snowden certainly violated the law and may have committed treason.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hit & Run
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:   Veteran civil rights campaigner praises Snowden's act of ‘civil disobedience’
Kyung Lah / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Two more women come forward, say San Diego mayor harassed them  —  Photos: San Diego mayor's accusers  —  (CNN) — The man on the voicemail is flirty and clearly asking for a date.  But it's the name on the message that's raising red flags.  —  “Hi, it's your newly favorite congressman, Bob Filner.
David Lawder / Reuters:
Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress has partially wriggled free from the “Obamacare” health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.  —  In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
CNN boss' son quits Cory Booker's startup  —  Why did a tech startup hire the teenage son of a cable news boss?  —  FORTUNE — New Jersey senatorial candidate Cory Booker was “not involved at all” in the addition of Andrew Zucker to the advisory board of a tech startup that Booker co-founded, according to a company spokesperson.
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Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
The Top 10 Lawmakers Who Could Lose a Primary Next Year  —  The list includes a Santa Claus impersonator-turned congressman and a doctor who slept with his patients.  —  Incumbency in Congress is a fortress rarely breached, particularly in primaries.  In the 2012 elections …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Illinois Review
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
White House Seeks a Return to the Housing Status Quo  —  I think the most important part of today's presidential address on housing is, in some ways, this graphic that the White House pushed out on social media today.  Not so much for anything the chart says as for the fact that this is the message the administration wants to push.
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Ted Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
America's Chronic Overreaction to Terrorism  —  The country's capacity for self-inflicted damage must have astounded even Osama bin Laden.  —  June 28, 2014, will mark the 100th anniversary of what is arguably the most eventful terrorist attack in history.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Texas Tea Partiers Gunning For Gohmert to Primary Cornyn  —  Louie Gohmert for Senate?  That's what a number of Texas tea-party activists are hoping for.  They're not happy with Senator John Cornyn, and Katrina Pierson, who serves on the Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Board …
Will Ripley / KUSA-TV:
Castle Rock apartment tenants told they must get rid of their guns  —  His apartment complex, the Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, sent out a notice telling all residents to get rid of their guns.  —  The 77-year-old retired US Marine Corps veteran sent a newstip to 9Wants …
Discussion: Examiner and protein wisdom
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Zillow lists White House for $319 million  —  For only $319.6 million, a 16-bedroom, 35-bathroom house with a prime D.C. address could be yours — if the White House were for sale, that is.  —  Real estate website Zillow's listing for the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and CNN
 
 
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