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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
RT:
Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport (PHOTOS)  —  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country's territory.  —  The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia …
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.
USA Today:
Snowden thanks Russia for asylum, says ‘law is winning’
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 …
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Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
Google ‘Pressure Cookers’ and ‘Backpacks,’ Get a Visit from the Cops  —  Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers.  Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks.  Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists.
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.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes to NRSC
Discussion: Post Politics
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Kentucky Senate Poll Shows Alison Lundergan Grimes A Serious Threat To Unpopular Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Politico
Matt Bevin / The Daily Caller:
Does Mitch McConnell want to defund Obamacare?
Discussion: The Plum Line
First Read:
First Thoughts: Landing with a THUD
Joseph Gerth / blogs.courier-journal.com:   Alison Lundergan Grimes holds slim lead over Mitch McConnell, according to Democratic pollster ***UPDATED***
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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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Libertarians flex their muscle in the GOP
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.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner calls for short-term fix to avoid government shutdown  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said Congress should pass a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down on Oct. 1.  —  The Speaker acknowledged that Congress was unlikely to complete …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Russian Sports Minister Says Anti-LGBT Law Will Be Enforced During Olympics  —  “The opinion of the Russian government is now perfectly clear: if you're gay and you come to Russia for the Olympics, you will be in harm's way,” an advocate says.  The sports minister's comments contradict …
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Kirit Radia / ABC News:
Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Suggests
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
2016 presidential race: Cory Booker rules out run  —  No, there will not be a 2016 campaign for Cory Booker.  —  The Newark mayor and runaway frontrunner in the special election for the seat of late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's ruled out a presidential run or serving on the ticket of another candidate in the next national campaign.
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
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
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
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 …
Discussion: The Dish and New York Times
David Rogers / Politico:
Senate blocks transportation, housing spending bill  —  A bipartisan transportation and housing bill stalled in the Senate Thursday after the GOP leadership peeled back the votes of Republicans who had previously supported the $54 billion package when reported by the Appropriations Committee in June.
Discussion: Wonkblog and The Plum Line
 
 
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CNN:
Ariel Castro: 'I'm not a monster — I'm sick'
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
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