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7:15 PM ET, August 5, 2014

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The Intercept:
Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers  —  Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government's widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.
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Evan Perez / CNN:
New leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes  —  (CNN) — The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.
The Huffington Post:
Spy Agency Stole Scoop From Media Outlet And Handed It To The AP  —  WASHINGTON — The Associated Press dropped a significant scoop on Tuesday afternoon, reporting that in the last several years the U.S. government's terrorism watch list has doubled.  —  A few minutes after the AP story …
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:   US TERRORISM DATABASE DOUBLES IN RECENT YEARS
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
How Much Is Obamacare Raising Your Insurance Rate?  Depends on Which State You Live In.  —  Back in the spring, once it became apparent that enrollment in Obamacare would nearly match or even exceed projections, the law's detractors on the right started coming up with new predictions of doom.
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Dan Witters / Gallup:
Arkansas, Kentucky Report Sharpest Drops in Uninsured Rate  —  Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arkansas and Kentucky lead all other states in the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rate among adult residents since …
New York Times:
U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier shot a United States Army major general to death and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy …
Jimmy Carter / Foreign Policy:
How to Fix It  —  Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.  —  GOOGLE +
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Washington Post:
A majority of people don't like their own member of Congress.  For the first time ever.  —  House members at home for August recess might want to hide their congressional pins: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a record-high share of Americans disapprove of their own congressman/woman.
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Kim Barker / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead  —  Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops.  But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.
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ProPublica:
Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants' Pockets  —  This story was co-published with The Daily Beast  —  In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal.  The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures …
Discussion: Hot Air
Steve Baldwin / BarbWire.com:
Can a Third Party be Formed Without Helping Democrats Win?  —  When one speaks with fellow Republicans about the future of the GOP, it is common to receive some negative feedback.  This is because many conservative/libertarian Republicans feel the party has simply not done enough to challenge the Obama agenda.
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Conservative Activist Proposes Third Party With Sarah Palin As Its Leader
Discussion: The Raw Story and Shakesville
NDTV News:
NDTV Exclusive: How Hamas Assembles and Fires Rockets  —  Gaza: In the minutes before the ceasefire kicked in at Gaza this morning, Hamas fired a flurry of rockets towards Israel - 30 according to some counts.  —  Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas …
Adam J. White / Wall Street Journal:
No Need For a Halbig Rehearing  —  The D.C. Circuit's own rules and one of its judges point the way forward for the recent ObamaCare ruling.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama Weighing Options to Stop Corporate Tax Flight  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing plans to circumvent Congress and act on its own to curtail tax benefits for United States companies that relocate overseas to lower their tax bills, seeking to stanch a recent wave …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Noisy, Quixotic, Delusional Tea Partiers of August  —  Republican insurgents have caused lots of trouble but won few victories this year.  But GOP incumbents aren't out of danger yet.  —  Remember Chris McDaniel?  Back in May, the Mississippi Republican state senator nearly took out a 36-year incumbent, Senator Thad Cochran.
Politico:
Sources: Sen. John Walsh weighs political future  —  Montana Sen. John Walsh is engaged in internal deliberations with his political team about whether to stay on the ballot this year, sources said Tuesday, in the wake of a plagiarism scandal that has tarnished the appointed Democratic lawmaker's standing.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Rick Perlstein's ‘The Invisible Bridge’ Draws Criticism  —  Rick Perlstein always hoped his book on the rise of Ronald Reagan would set off serious debate among scholars and historians.  Just not this debate.  —  Mr. Perlstein's new 856-page book, “The Invisible Bridge …
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
FitzGerald, lacking full license, apparently drove illegally after dropping off woman  —  Temporary permit prohibits driving alone  —  Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald had not had a regular Ohio driver's license for at least five years when Westlake police found him in a car with a woman early one morning two years ago.
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Forecasting President Obama's Final Two Years in Office  —  With the prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate looming, the White House is quietly mulling potential silver linings of such a dynamic during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
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Reid Cherlin / Rolling Stone:
The Presidency and the Press  —  The White House distrusts the media …
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Conservatives Target Tennessee Justices in Expensive Race  —  FRANKLIN, Tenn. — When Tennessee voters in 2006 last had to decide whether Justice Cornelia A. Clark of the State Supreme Court should remain on the bench, she did not raise or spend any money for a campaign.  She still won 74 percent of the vote.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Slams Boehner Lawsuit: Impeach Instead  —  “My problem with what my party is trying to do to sue is it will cost the taxpayers between two and three million dollars.  Use the Constitution, that's what it is there for.”  —  View Video ›
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Wisconsin asks court to OK voter ID for 2014 election
Marcy Oster / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Israel: We caught kidnapper behind murder of the 3 teens
Washington Post:
U.S. general killed in Afghanistan was key figure in training effort
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Middle East Update: U.S. Support for Israel, Hamas Is Stable
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Megyn Kelly: Secret of her success
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: “Fair Number Of People” In House Would Say Obama Is Worthy Of Impeachment
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Will the U.S. Help the Kurds Fight ISIS?
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Michele Bachmann Proposes 100% Tax On Money Sent Home By Immigrants To Stop ‘War That Is Being Waged Against Us’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Rules for the Marijuana Market
Discussion: Firedoglake and Althouse
James Estrin / New York Times:
Looking for the Enduring Photo in Gaza
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
In This City, Car Ownership Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
In Kentucky, Elaine Chao Endures Racist Attacks From Liberals
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