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7:55 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:
U.S. closing key Mideast embassies on Sunday, at least
Discussion: Business Insider
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
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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Jason Millman / Politico:
Ohio: Health premiums to soar
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Six Reasons Hipsters Will Bite on Obamacare
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Via Meadia
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
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 …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Capitol Hill's Obamacare crisis solved  —  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 regulations saying that the government can continue …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Twitchy
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”.
Seth Motel / Pew Research Center:
GOP views of Paul, Christie reflect fight over civil liberties  —  The debate over the government's data collection program has revealed internal splits in both parties.  In the GOP, the fight has gotten personal: Kentucky senator Rand Paul has been a leading critic of the program …
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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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BBC:
John Kerry says Egypt army is ‘restoring democracy’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Guardian
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
WHY DEFUNDING OBAMACARE MATTERS, WIN OR LOSE
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Report: Sen. Graham gets second primary challenger
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Drinkers Divide Between Beer and Wine as Favorite
Discussion: Hot Air and Quartz
DealBook:
Former Trader Is Found Liable In Fraud Case
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Lays Out Ways to Slash Spending
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
David Rogers / Politico:
Senate GOP stymies transportation-housing bill
Laura Diamond / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Informal ‘White Student Union’ started at Georgia State