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11:05 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 …
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 …
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Obama Solves Health Care Problem for Lawmakers, Staff (Updated)
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Discussion: CNN, The Other McCain and Taylor Marsh
Jamie Chambers / FOX5 San Diego:
9th woman accuses Filner of sexual harassment  —  SAN DIEGO- A ninth woman stepped forward Thursday accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.  —  Emily Gilbert told Fox5 that she met the mayor at a fundraiser just days after Filner took office in December.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Putin's ‘zero-sum’ misstep  —  President Barack Obama can't come close to living up to the fantasies of a showdown stirred by Vladimir Putin's international flip-off.  —  But for all the calls Thursday to reassess the Russia relationship in the wake of Russia's granting temporary asylum to Edward Snowden …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
USA Today:
Separate Edward Snowden from his leaks: Our view … As he takes asylum in Russia, support for NSA's surveillance programs shows cracks at home.  —  CONNECT  —  Separating a flawed messenger from a beneficial message can be tough.  Particularly when the messenger is Edward Snowden …
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jason Millman / Politico:
Ohio: Health premiums to soar
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.
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 …
Charlie Cook /
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 …
Fox News:
Seattle officials call for ban on ‘potentially offensive’ language  —  Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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: NOM Blog, Althouse and The PJ Tatler
Yahoo! News:
The ‘Straight Talk Express’ is back: McCain on his fears about the future of the GOP  —  Sen. John McCain has a strong warning for Republicans: Falter on immigration reform and the party will lose in 2016.  —  “If we fail on immigration reform, it won't matter who our nominee …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Todd Ruger / The BLT:
Patricia Millett D.C. Circuit Nomination Heads to Full Senate
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Democratic divide over NSA could pose problem for Obama
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:   The “anti-God” party
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Payrolls Rise Less Than Forecast, U.S. Jobless Rate Falls  —  Payrolls Rise 162,000; Jobless Rate Falls to 7.4%  —  Employers added fewer workers than anticipated in July and the U.S. jobless rate dropped to 7.4 percent, indicating uneven progress in the labor market.
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.
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
John Kerry says Egypt army is ‘restoring democracy’
Discussion: Guardian
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Rebecca Morelle / BBC:
Rise in violence ‘linked to climate change’
Discussion: Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Arthur Brooks: How Obama Neglects the Poor
Discussion: VodkaPundit and National Review
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sex, Money and Gravitas
Jay Weaver /
Trayvon Martin's parents meet with federal authorities in Miami
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Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Keith Ellison song lauds gay marriage law
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