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5:30 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.
Michele Catalano / Guardian:
My family's Google searching got us a visit from counterterrorism police  —  Officers showed up at our door suspecting we were terrorists because we looked up info on pressure cookers and backpacks  —  It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led to six agents from the joint terrorism task force …
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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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 …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Russian Sports Minister Says Anti-LGBT Law Will Be Enforced During Olympics
Associated Press:
Edward Snowden leaves airport and enters Russia after authorities grant him temporary asylum
Discussion: WorldViews and The Agonist
USA Today:
Snowden thanks Russia for asylum, says ‘law is winning’
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 A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
A New Poll Suggests Trouble for Mitch McConnell
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
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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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 …
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
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: 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Drinkers Divide Between Beer and Wine as Favorite  —  Younger drinkers most likely to have shifted preferences away from beer  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans who drink alcohol are about equally likely to say they drink beer (36%) or wine (35%) most often.  Another 23% say liquor is their beverage of choice.
Discussion: Hot Air and Quartz
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.
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.
DealBook:
Former Goldman Trader Is Found Liable in Mortgage Deal  —  Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader at the center of a toxic mortgage deal sold to investors on the eve of the financial crisis, was found liable on Thursday for civil securities fraud.  —  Five years after the crisis …
Discussion: Forbes
 
 
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Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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CNN:
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