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11:30 AM ET, August 1, 2013

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Associated Press:
Edward Snowden leaves airport and enters Russia after authorities grant him temporary asylum  —  MOSCOW — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer said Thursday.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Agonist
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Reuters:
Fugitive Snowden slips out of Moscow airport for ‘secure’ base  —  (Reuters) - Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russia Grants Snowden 1-Year Asylum  —  MOSCOW — After a month holed up in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor wanted by the United States for leaking details of surveillance programs, has received temporary refugee status …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Russia grants Snowden asylum
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Politico:
Why Rand Paul and Chris Christie went to war  —  Well, that was a splendid little war.  —  Over the last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took the GOP's intra-party bickering to a new level, openly savaging each other on issues of national security, privacy and government spending.
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John Schoonejongen / Capitol Quickies:
Rand Paul beer summit proposal rebuffed by Chris Christie  —  Hey, America.  Are you ready for another beer summit?  —  Sen. Rand Paul seems to be, but his enthusiasm isn't shared by Gov. Chris Christie, with whom the senator has been feuding over the past week.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Libertarians flex their muscle in the GOP
Discussion: ABC News and New York Times
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's Long-Predicted Comeuppance Has Arrived  —  Republicans have dealt with some embarrassing moments on the House floor over the past year, but none so revealing or damning as today's snafu, when they yanked a bill to fund the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Plum Line
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David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
With a THUD, Congress Kicks Another Can Down the Road
EndPlay / KGTV-TV:
Bob Filner's attorney says San Diego is at fault for mayor's behavior  —  Revelation found in newly released document  —  SAN DIEGO - The attorney for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner placed “some responsibility and potential liability on the City of San Diego” for accusations of sexual harassment …
Discussion: Politico, BBC, Most Recent and Mediaite
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CNN:   Lawyer: San Diego mayor never got harassment training, city may be liable
Bob Filner / Most Recent:
Filner's lawyer shifts blame to city
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Using Voting Rights Issues to Protect Senate Majority  —  To hold Southern Senate seats, Democrats need blacks to show up and vote without Obama on the ballot.  Enter Eric Holder.  —  Without President Obama's name on the ballot, Democrats and civil rights leaders increasingly view voting rights …
Discussion: ABC News
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Creeping Authoritarianism
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Detroit's death by democracy  —  In 1860, an uneasy Charles Darwin confided in a letter to a friend: “I had no intention to write atheistically” but “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention …
Discussion: Power Line
Kirit Radia / ABC News:
Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Suggests  —  In Russia it is now illegal to even speak about homosexuality around minors, much less openly display gay pride.  Technically the ban is against “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” around minors …
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Joe Morgan / Gay Star News:
Russian lawmaker: We will arrest gay athletes, tourists at Olympic Games
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's 2008 slaps still sting President Obama  —  “Friendship” was the main course during Hillary Clinton's lunch with President Barack Obama this week, according to an Obama spokesman, but no one could have blamed Clinton for ordering a small side of I-told-you-so.
Discussion: Reuters and msnbc.com
Joseph Gerth / blogs.courier-journal.com:
Alison Lundergan Grimes holds slim lead over Mitch McConnell, according to Democratic pollster ***UPDATED***  —  For what may be the first time in U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's long Senate career, a Democratic poll shows him trailing a challenger.  —  The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama says poor relatives keep his kids grounded  —  (CNN) - Their home has its own bowling alley, movie theatre, and chef.  —  But while living in the White House could leave Sasha and Malia Obama with a distorted sense of how Americans live, their father says he's always conveying …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Next iPad Mini Will Likely Have ‘Retina’ Display From Samsung  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc.'s suppliers are gearing up for mass production of a new iPad mini in the fourth quarter that will likely feature a high-resolution screen from Samsung, people familiar with the matter say …
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
R.I.P. DOGHOUSE RILEY.  —  As Lance Mannion said today, “Weird this internet world we've built.  Didn't know Doghouse but feel like we've lost a old colleague with an office just down the hall.”  After I got over the shock of hearing Doghouse Riley, aka Douglas Case of Indiana, was dead …
Discussion: World O' Crap
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB prepared to ban A-Rod for life, suspend eight others  —  Commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension on New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, while suspending about eight others before the weekend, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
Clive Crook / Bloomberg:
All This Inequality Talk Does Nothing for the Poor  —  Like any immigrant, I'm optimistic about the U.S. The crash will recede, confidence will come back and stronger growth will resume.  The zeal of ordinary Americans to work hard and prosper will prevail over the weary incompetence of the political class.
MiamiHerald.com:
Rev. Jesse Jackson calls Florida ‘Selma of our time’; Gov. Rick Scott calls for apology  —  TALLAHASSEE — It didn't take long for Florida's Republican leaders to lash out following comments made Tuesday by the Rev. Jesse Jackson during his visit with the Dream Defenders protest group at the Capitol.
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James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Econbrowser recession indicator index up to 30.5%
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Old Glory daze stings
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and National Review
nbcwashington.com:
Cuccinelli: No Plans to Repay Williams Gifts
Discussion: First Read and msnbc.com
Esat Dedezade / stuff.tv:
EXCLUSIVE: UK Government in discussion to outlaw Google Glass for drivers
Discussion: Mashable, The Raw Story and The Verge
Anthony York / Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Brown has $10 million banked for reelection campaign
Discussion: Yahoo! News
BBC:
'WWIII Queen's speech' script revealed
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Japan minister retracts Nazi remarks
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Why Does America's Left View Larry Summers as a Right-Wing Hyena?
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Prairie Weather
Jesse Helfrich / Hillicon Valley:
Phone data collection declassified in effort to assuage Capitol Hill
Discussion: Politico
BBC:
Uruguay MPs back marijuana legalisation bill
Discussion: The Week and Firedoglake
TMZ.com:
George Zimmerman DASHCAM VIDEO — Stopped By Cops for Speeding ... Gun in Car