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3:55 PM ET, August 2, 2013

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David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Charlie Rangel on Immigration, Pope Francis & His Successor  —  He's survived redistricting and a censure.  At 83, Harlem's controversial House stalwart is finally confronting retirement.  He won't be going quietly.  By David Freedlander.  —  Charlie Rangel barged into his office …
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Charlie Rangel: Tea Party Is ‘Same Group’ Of ‘White Crackers’ Who Fought Civil Rights  —  In an interview with the Daily Beast published Friday, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested Tea Partiers are the “same group” who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights movement.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes 232-185 to block the IRS from enforcing ObamaCare  —  The House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, a bill meant to exact revenge against an agency that Republicans say is incapable of neutral enforcement of the law.
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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 …
Michael Kitchen / MarketWatch:
Congress to get Obamacare exemption: report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Vox Popoli
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Inside the Obamacare resistance
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
House slams door on carbon tax
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
State Department Issues Global Travel Alert
Yahoo! News:
U.S. closes embassies, alerts Americans overseas to terrorist threats in August
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Conor Friedersdorf / Reuters:
The Attack in Benghazi: Worth Investigating After All  —  CNN reports that dozens of CIA agents were on the ground there — and that they're being pressured to keep quiet.  Why?  —  Suddenly it is imperative that Congress investigate details surrounding the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.
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Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Jake Tapper: Remember when Rand Paul asked Hillary about gun running in Libya?  —  Nearly a year out from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, CNN's Jake Tapper unveiled what looks like an enormous puzzle piece that's been missing from the “phony scandal.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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
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TIME:
Edward Snowden's Asylum Is Just Putin's Latest Insult to Obama
Discussion: The Dish
Allegra Stratton / BBC:
Tories hire key Obama strategist  —  The Conservative Party has hired Barack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina for its general election campaign team, BBC Newsnight has learned.  —  Sources confirmed that he would act as a campaign strategy adviser to the Conservative party.
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Report: Jim Messina jumps across the pond
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Obama Narrows Field for Fed Chairman to 3
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 …
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
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Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Six Reasons Hipsters Will Bite on Obamacare
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Neocon Revival  —  They say you can define what kind of conservative a person is by what year they want to go back to.  Some conservatives, apparently including some in Senator Rand Paul's office, want to go back to the 1850s.  They believe that Abraham Lincoln helped put us on the path to the leviathan state.
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: Red Alert Politics and Politico
Kate Irby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senators spar over definition of ‘journalist’ in seeking to protect them  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee, looking to provide protections for journalists and their sources, ran into a roadblock Thursday when lawmakers couldn't agree on the definition of “journalist.”
 
 
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Scott Walker: I'm Not Involved At The Federal Level, “Yet”
Adele M. Stan / RH Reality Check:
Budget Committee Hearing on Poverty Turns Into Nun-Bashing Tournament
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
A Republican Case for Climate Action
Discussion: ThinkProgress and PostPartisan
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Obamacare Full Frontal: Of 953,000 Jobs Created In 2013, 77%, Or 731,000 Are Part-Time
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Right Scoop
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Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Payrolls Rise Less Than Forecast, U.S. Jobless Rate Falls
Olivia Williams / Daily Mail:
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Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Ninth woman accuses San Diego mayor Filner of sexual harassment
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Telegraphs Mass Filibuster Of Obama's Top Judges