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12:30 PM 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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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.
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
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.
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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
IRS Chief: I Want to Keep My Health Care Plan, Not Switch to Obamacare
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Washington Wire:
Text of State Department's Travel Alert on Terror Threat
Discussion: The Raw Story
CNN:
Al Qaeda link in Mideast embassy closings
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and americanthinker.com
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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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Inside the Obamacare resistance
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Six Reasons Hipsters Will Bite on Obamacare
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.
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Jamie Chambers / FOX5 San Diego:
9th woman accuses Filner of sexual harassment
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and rubber hose
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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”.
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.
Discussion: National Review and New Republic
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 …
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
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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Washington Post:
Democratic divide over NSA could pose problem for Obama
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
 
 
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Gov. Bobby Jindal heads to Iowa
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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
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Court Reporters
Rebecca Morelle / BBC:
Rise in violence ‘linked to climate change’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Guardian
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Payrolls Rise Less Than Forecast, U.S. Jobless Rate Falls
Fox News:
Hasan sends writings to Fox News ahead of Fort Hood shooting trial
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Olivia Williams / Daily Mail:
'I'm a Pastafarian': Man who claims his religion forces him to wear a sieve on his head given …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Boehner's burden: ObamaCare
Jay Weaver / MiamiHerald.com:
Trayvon Martin's parents meet with federal authorities in Miami
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Employer Tipped Off Police To Pressure Cooker And Backpack Searches, Not Google
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Presidency's Political Price