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11:25 PM ET, August 1, 2013

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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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Employer Tipped Off Police To Pressure Cooker And Backpack Searches, Not Google
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack  —  CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly  —  Benghazi terror attack.  —  Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens …
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CNN:
U.S. closing key Mideast embassies on Sunday, at least
Discussion: Business Insider
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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David Rogers / Politico:
Senate GOP stymies transportation-housing bill
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner calls for short-term fix to avoid government shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's Long-Predicted Comeuppance Has Arrived
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
Times Free Press:
Free Press editor Drew Johnson has been terminated after placing a headline on an editorial outside of normal editing procedures.  —  Johnson's headline, “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough,” appeared on the Free Press page Tuesday …
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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Reuters:
Fugitive Snowden slips out of Moscow airport for ‘secure’ base
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 …
Jason Millman / Politico:
Ohio: Health premiums to soar  —  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
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
The “anti-God” party  —  You can't be a Christian and a Democrat at the same time, Virginia's GOP candidate for Lieutenant Governor says  —  In a local radio interview this morning, Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson said the Democratic Party is “anti-God” and that Christians should leave it.
Anat Shenker-Osorio / The Atlantic Online:
Why Americans All Believe They Are ‘Middle Class’  —  A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today  —  Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class.  As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Colleen Henry / WISN Milwaukees Channel 12:
Armed agents raid animal shelter for baby deer  —  WISN 12 News investigates an operation raising questions about the use of government resources and the state policy that meant a death sentence for a fawn.  —  “It was like a SWAT team,” shelter employee Ray Schulze said.
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Presidency's Political Price  —  Is politics a zero-sum game?  —  Imagine, for a moment, if Sen. John McCain (R) had somehow won the presidency in 2008.  How might the country be different?  —  We would not have the Affordable Care Act.  Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would not be on the Supreme Court.
Guardian:
Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ  —  • Secret payments revealed in leaks by Edward Snowden  —  • GCHQ expected to ‘pull its weight’ for Americans  —  • Weaker regulation of British spies ‘a selling point’ for NSA
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
WHY DEFUNDING OBAMACARE MATTERS, WIN OR LOSE  —  As conservative Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and others attempt to build support for a plan to defund Obamacare in this fall's forthcoming budget battles, they have faced criticism from fellow conservatives on two grounds: first …
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Matt Bevin / The Daily Caller:
Does Mitch McConnell want to defund Obamacare?
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP drafting new food stamp bill with $40B in cuts  —  House Republicans are drafting legislation that would cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program over 10 years.  —  That's nearly double the $20.5 billion in cuts that were included in the farm bill legislation that failed on the House floor in June.
Discussion: The Daily Caller 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 …
DealBook:
Former Trader Is Found Liable in Fraud Case  —  A former Goldman Sachs trader at the center of a toxic mortgage deal lost a closely watched legal battle on Thursday, giving Wall Street's top regulator its first significant courtroom victory in a case stemming from the financial crisis.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Forbes
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jay Weaver / MiamiHerald.com:
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Keith Ellison song lauds gay marriage law
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: Quartz and Hot Air
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Immigration activists arrested at rally
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: msnbc.com and The Dish
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Creeping Authoritarianism