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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’  —  • XKeyscore gives ‘widest-reaching’ collection of online data  —  • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches  —  • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Outlines N.S.A.'s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States …
Washington Post:   Government unveils secret order to Verizon
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Top Weiner Aide Trashes Intern Who Wrote Campaign Tell-All  —  Tuesday was an angry day in Weinerland.  —  The campaign staff awoke to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News.  Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told …
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Olivia Nuzzi / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner intern reveals why she, fellows joined New York mayoral campaign  —  Says Olivia Nuzzi: Several of my friends sent me links to the same online ad for the Weiner campaign, seeking applications for internships.  They thought it would be educational and entertaining.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Axelrod: Weiner won't hurt Hillary Clinton
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Whither the GOP?  Republicans Want Change, But Split over Party's Direction  —  Ryan Has Broader Appeal in GOP than Paul, Rubio or Christie  —  OVERVIEW  —  Coming off of two consecutive presidential election defeats, most Republican voters believe that their party must address major problems to be more competitive in the future.
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Politico:
Ted Cruz taunts fellow Republicans in Obamacare fight  —  Ted Cruz is taking his hardball tactics to a whole new level.  —  The Texas freshman senator and his senior aides are unleashing a barrage of attacks on their fellow Republicans for refusing to support their plan to choke off Obamacare as a condition for funding the government.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: I didn't say ‘surrender caucus’  —  As Sen. Ted Cruz continued his campaign to get Republicans to shut down the federal government unless Obamacare is defunded, he distanced himself Wednesday morning from remarks his chief of staff made about other Republicans.
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Source: Obama was ‘rude and dismissive’ in exchange with Democrat  —  Washington (CNN) - During a question and answer session Wednesday with Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama offered what Democratic sources said was a testy response to a question about a federal loan guarantee program …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama defends Summers, tells Dems 'Don't believe HuffPost'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Quit Is the Way to Roll  —  The cruelly misunderstood Anthony Weiner has “no idea” if he's about to be stabbed by another stiletto heel.  —  “These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them,” he told Denis Hamill of The Daily News.  “But who knows what they might do now?”
Isaac Chotiner / New Republic:
John McCain, Undecided 2016 Voter  —  Interview: McCain on Fox News Schizophrenia, Tea Party Nihilism, and Choosing Between Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul in 2016  —  It has been difficult to follow politics over the past several months without sensing the presence of a new John McCain.  (Again.)
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, second quarter 2013 (advance estimate);  —  Comprehensive Revision: 1929 through 1st quarter 2013  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
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Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Glenn Beck: “I Was Diane Sawyer's Little Bitch”  —  Beck's radio program goes off the rails and his co-host Stu is left almost speechless.  “Don't even think about what you're saying.  Just go with it.”  —  Watch as Beck's radio program descends into chaos.  —  View Video ›
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups  —  Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission's general counsel's office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC's vote …
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Tamara Keith / NPR:
Report: IRS Scrutiny Worse For Conservatives
Discussion: National Review
Townhall.com:
IRS Targeted Existing Conservative Organizations, Too?!
Perry Stein / Talking Points Memo:
Report: San Diego Sues Mayor Bob Filner  —  The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to sue Mayor Bob Filner, approving a cross-complaint against the mayor seeking compensation for all damages the city may have to incur due to a sexual harrassment suit filed earlier this month, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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U-T San Diego / Most Recent:
Filner sued by the city he leads
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Paul Ryan Wants Boehner To Bring Immigration Reform To A Vote Even If Most GOPers Don't Support It  —  RACINE, Wisconsin — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) made a little-noticed pronouncement at a town hall Friday that could have major implications for the prospects of immigration reform passing the House of Representatives.
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner outlines new House Obamacare votes
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kenneth M. Pollack / Brookings Institute:
The Fall and Rise and Fall of Iraq  —  Iraq has been rekindled.  Whether it will merely be singed or immolated entirely remains to be seen, but the fire is burning again.  —  Most Americans stopped caring about Iraq long ago.  That's an inescapable reality but also an unfortunate mistake.
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Michael Maiello / Esquire:
KENNETH POLLACK: IF ONLY WE COULD REINVADE IRAQ
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Pearson / CNN:
TSA misconduct on the rise  —  (CNN) — Let's get this out of the way straight off: The Transportation Security Administration is probably not going to top anyone's list of Favorite Federal Government Agencies.  —  And the stories of its failures spread faster than a speeding jetliner …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weekly Standard
Susan Jacoby / New York Times:
Weiner's Women  —  THERE is something missing from the endless moralizing and sophomoric jokes aimed at Anthony D. Weiner.  That something is the role of women in a coarse and creepy Internet culture dedicated to the fulfillment of both male and female desires for virtual carnal knowledge.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Althouse and The Dish
BuzzFeed:
23 Libertarian Problems  —  Yes, I do sleep on a copy of Atlas Shrugged .  —  When someone tells you your “crazy views will never win an election.”  —  “Is this like your bible?”  —  When you get a fundraising text from the RNC.  —  Source: blog.asiantown.net  —  View Entire List ›
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Look out below!  Work more, get less in Obamacare ‘cliff’  —  Be careful you don't fall off the Obamacare “cliff” when the boss asks you to put in some overtime.  —  Working more could ultimately mean thousands of dollars less for you under a quirk in the new health-care law going into effect this fall.
 
 
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Katherine Heintzelman / PARADE Magazine:
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Benno Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
Benno Schmidt: Mitch Daniels's Gift to Academic Freedom
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
CNN: We Were Able to Interview Lead Benghazi Suspect for 2 Hours
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Obama's Five Disconnects
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Clare O'Connor / Forbes:
How Much Would A Big Mac Cost If McDonald's Workers Were Paid $15 Per Hour?
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Ben Terris / NationalJournal.com:
He Beat Allen West and All He Got Was the Most Boring Job In Congress
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Black Holes at China's Shadow Banks
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