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4:40 PM ET, August 1, 2013

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WikiLeaks:
Statement on Snowden's Successful Russian Asylum Bid  —  Today, Thursday 1st August at 15:50 MSK, Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia.  He left Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow with WikiLeaks staffer and legal advisor Sarah Harrison who has accompanied him during his 39 …
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Michele Catalano / Guardian:
My family's Google searching got us a visit from counterterrorism police
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
Matt Bevin / The Daily Caller:
Does Mitch McConnell want to defund Obamacare?
Discussion: The Plum Line
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Kentucky Senate Poll Shows Alison Lundergan Grimes A Serious Threat To Unpopular Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Politico
Joseph Gerth / blogs.courier-journal.com:   Alison Lundergan Grimes holds slim lead over Mitch McConnell, according to Democratic pollster ***UPDATED***
Jason Millman / Politico:
Ohio: Premiums going up 41 percent  —  The fight over Obamacare premiums has a new home base: Ohio.  —  Customers in the key swing state can expect to pay 41 percent more on average for individual health insurance coverage next year because of Obamacare, according to projections released …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
IRS Chief: I Want to Keep My Health Care Plan, Not Switch to Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:   New Website to Answer Obamacare Questions for Businesses Crashes on First Day
Valerie Jarrett / White House.gov Blog:
A One-Stop-Shop on the Health Care Law for Businesses Big and Small
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
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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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.
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.
Lorraine Woellert / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years  —  U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 5 Years  —  Claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly dropped to the lowest level in more than five years, extending swings typical for the month of July.
Laura Diamond / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Informal ‘White Student Union’ started at Georgia State  —  Fall semester won't start for several weeks, but Georgia State University has already received a handful of complaints about a new student club — the White Student Union.  —  Freshman Patrick Sharp said he started the club …
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.
The Smoking Gun:
Hacker Forces Colin Powell To Deny Affair  —  Ex-Secretary of State told foreign diplomat to delete her e-mails  —  As a notorious hacker seeks to distribute “very personal” e-mails sent to Colin Powell by a female Romanian diplomat, the retired general is denying that he engaged …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
 
 
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David Rogers / Politico:
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