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1:50 PM 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: WorldViews 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.
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 …
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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Edward Snowden has gotten Russian asylum
Discussion: CNN, WorldViews and Mashable
BBC:
Edward Snowden leaves Moscow airport
Discussion: TalkLeft, GigaOM and The Verge
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
A New Poll Suggests Trouble for Mitch McConnell  —  The Senate minority leader is tied up with a Democratic challenger and his favorable ratings are underwater with Kentucky voters, a survey finds.  —  With Congress gearing up for the August recess, Mitch McConnell can focus on his reelection campaign in Bluegrass State.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Kentucky Voters Want McConnell Out  —  New poll numbers released Thursday suggested that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is entering his reelection campaign next year facing two perilous obstacles: an electorate that wants him out of office and a viable Democratic challenger.
Joseph Gerth / blogs.courier-journal.com:
Alison Lundergan Grimes holds slim lead over Mitch McConnell, according to Democratic pollster ***UPDATED***
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Michele Catalano / Medium:
pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!  —  It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning.  Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things …
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 …
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CNN:   Lawyer: San Diego mayor never got harassment training, city may be liable
Associated Press:   Filner's lawyer says San Diego should pay for legal bills due to lack of sex harassment training
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Teamsters Ordered to Stop Picketing Funeral Homes  —  A judge ordered one of Chicago's most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child's funeral.
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
Richard Fry / Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parents' Home  —  A Record 21.6 Million In 2012  —  OVERVIEW  —  In 2012, 36% of the nation's young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents' home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
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
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: Yahoo! News, Reuters and msnbc.com
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.
Doug Lederman / Inside Higher Ed:
Higher Ed: Engine of Inequity  —  From Horace Mann to President Obama, and legions of politicians and educators in between, education has been heralded as the great equalizer, an institution that can balance (if not undo) racial, ethnic or other inequities that separate segments of society.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Instapundit
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Jimmy McMillan: Anthony Weiner for mayor  —  The man who became known for his campaign tagline “The rent is too damn high” officially endorsed Anthony Weiner for New York mayor, he announced via Twitter on Thursday morning.  —  Jimmy McMillan, who rose to fame during the 2010 …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Rick Santorum: Pope's “Gay” Comments Were Taken Out Of Context  —  “I've read the whole transcript,” says the former presidential candidate.  He says the church won't be changing its stance on homosexuality anytime soon.  —  Via: Eric Gay / AP  —  Pope Francis made headlines this week …
Talking Points Memo:
Minnesota Dem Rep. Keith Ellison Sings For Marriage Equality (VIDEO)  —  A jubilant Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) posted a video to his YouTube account Thursday celebrating the first day gay marriage became legal in his state.  —  “Tomorrow, marry who you want, marry who you love,” Ellison said, after bursting into song.
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Judge: Catholic Church Has A Constitutional Right Not To Compensate Victims Of Sex Abuse
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama says poor relatives keep his kids grounded
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
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Roy Edroso / alicublog:
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Discussion: World O' Crap
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Why Does America's Left View Larry Summers as a Right-Wing Hyena?
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Prairie Weather
CNN:
New outrage over Benghazi