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9:55 AM ET, August 2, 2013

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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:
Al Qaeda link in Mideast embassy closings
Politico:
Hill gets Obamacare fix  —  Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year.  —  The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution …
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Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Obama Solves Health Care Problem for Lawmakers, Staff (Updated)
Discussion: Hot Air
Jason Millman / Politico:
Ohio: Health premiums to soar
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Here's How Republicans Can Take Over the Senate  —  There are many opportunities for GOP pickups in states where Democrats are weak.  —  One difference between professional athletes and fans, and between coaches and cheerleaders, is that while all of them see opportunities for their teams …
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Washington Post:
Democratic divide over NSA could pose problem for Obama
Weekly Standard:
The Soft Underbelly of Obama­care  —  For opponents of Obamacare, it almost seems like the law offers too many targets to choose from.  Its effects on premiums and costs look to be highly unpopular, its perverse incentives are already harming employment, its state exchanges will hand …
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Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Six Reasons Hipsters Will Bite on Obamacare  —  You're a 26-year-old single dude, holding down a pair of part-time jobs tending bar and painting houses, and making about $24,000 a year.  Thanks to Obamacare, you can finally get decent health insurance, just like people with full-time jobs at large companies do.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Employer Tipped Off Police To Pressure Cooker And Backpack Searches, Not Google  —  In what might be Medium's first widespread Twitter moment, music writer Michele Catalano used the platform to blog details of an unexpected visit to her home yesterday, from six men she identifies as members of the “joint terrorism task force.”
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Michele Catalano / Medium:
pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How fractured is the GOP?  —  Acombination of early presidential maneuvering and internal policy debate is feeding yet another iteration of that media perennial: the great Republican crackup.  This time it's tea party insurgents vs. get-along establishment fogies fighting principally over two things …
Discussion: ABC News and Hot Air
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:   The “anti-God” party
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:   WHY DEFUNDING OBAMACARE MATTERS, WIN OR LOSE
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Telegraphs Mass Filibuster Of Obama's Top Judges  —  Senate Republicans are standing firm by their threat to block every one of President Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, insisting on eliminating all three vacant seats on the country's second most powerful court.
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Todd Ruger / The BLT:
Patricia Millett D.C. Circuit Nomination Heads to Full Senate
Mike Judge / The Christian Institute:
Gay couple to sue church over gay marriage opt-out  —  Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings.  —  He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”.
Discussion: Althouse, NOM Blog and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
Coming to an Old Friend's Aid, With an Eye on the Clinton Image  —  Moments before Huma Abedin stood amid a phalanx of television cameras last week and announced to a national audience that she was standing by her embattled husband, Anthony D. Weiner, she made a quick phone call to a trusted colleague.
Wall Street Journal:
Kerry Lauds Egypt Military for ‘Restoring Democracy’  —  Diplomat Gives Administration's Strongest Endorsement Yet for Morsi's Ouster  —  Secretary of State John Kerry gave his strongest approval yet to Egypt's military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, praising the country's leading generals …
Discussion: Via Meadia and The Hill
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BBC:
John Kerry says Egypt army is ‘restoring democracy’
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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 …
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Ninth woman accuses San Diego mayor Filner of sexual harassment  —  A ninth woman has emerged to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) of sexual harassment.  —  Emily Gilbert, who was hired to sing at a fundraiser days after Filner took office in December, told Fox5 that Filner grabbed her inappropriately at the event.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sex, Money and Gravitas  —  Can a woman effectively run the Federal Reserve?  That shouldn't even be a question.  And Janet Yellen, the vice chairwoman of the Fed's Board of Governors, isn't just up to the job; by any objective standard, she's the best-qualified person in America to take over when Ben Bernanke steps down as chairman.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Economix and The Week
Olivia Williams / Daily Mail:
'I'm a Pastafarian': Man who claims his religion forces him to wear a sieve on his head given permission to wear one on his official identity card picture  —  A man who wears a sieve on his head for religious reasons has been allowed to wear his bizarre headgear on his official identity card.
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Boehner's burden: ObamaCare  —  For Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Obamacare is the predicament that won't go away.  —  The Speaker is leading a House Republican conference that wants to dismantle President Obama's signature, contentious achievement by any means necessary but can't quite agree on the best way to kill it.
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.
 
 
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Gideon Resnick / Politicker:
Jimmy McMillan Endorses and Gives Advice to Anthony Weiner
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
Hasan sends writings to Fox News ahead of Fort Hood shooting trial
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
UN: Over 1,000 People Killed In Iraq In July
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Arthur Brooks: How Obama Neglects the Poor
Discussion: VodkaPundit and National Review
Jay Weaver / MiamiHerald.com:
Trayvon Martin's parents meet with federal authorities in Miami
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Report: Sen. Graham gets second primary challenger
 Earlier Items: 
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP drafting new food stamp bill with $40B in cuts
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Keith Ellison song lauds gay marriage law
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Presidency's Political Price
DealBook:
Former Trader Is Found Liable In Fraud Case
Anat Shenker-Osorio / The Atlantic Online:
Why Americans All Believe They Are ‘Middle Class’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
WikiLeaks:
Statement on Snowden's Successful Russian Asylum Bid
Laura Diamond / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Informal ‘White Student Union’ started at Georgia State