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6:15 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
Jason Millman / Politico:
Ohio: Health premiums to soar  —  The fight over Obamacare premiums has a new home base: Ohio.  —  Customers in the key swing state can expect to pay 41 percent more on average for individual health insurance coverage next year because of Obamacare, according to projections released …
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Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Six Reasons Hipsters Will Bite on Obamacare
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Via Meadia
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 …
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 …
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.
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”.
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
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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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
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.
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.
Anat Shenker-Osorio / The Atlantic Online:
Why Americans All Believe They Are ‘Middle Class’  —  A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today  —  Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class.  As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP drafting new food stamp bill with $40B in cuts  —  House Republicans are drafting legislation that would cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program over 10 years.  —  That's nearly double the $20.5 billion in cuts that were included in the farm bill legislation that failed on the House floor in June.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
WikiLeaks:
Statement on Snowden's Successful Russian Asylum Bid  —  Today, Thursday 1st August at 15:50 MSK, Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia.  He left Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow with WikiLeaks staffer and legal advisor Sarah Harrison who has accompanied him during his 39 …
David Rogers / Politico:
Senate GOP stymies transportation-housing bill  —  A bipartisan transportation and housing bill stalled in the Senate on Thursday after the GOP leadership peeled back the votes of Republicans who had previously supported the $54 billion package when reported by the Appropriations Committee in June.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner calls for short-term fix to avoid government shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
MSNBC: Too Much Opinion and Not Enough News?  —  Focus on commentary and advocacy may be dampening viewership  —  Has MSNBC leaned too hard on “Lean Forward”?  —  The NBCUniversal outlet has used that slogan since 2010 to portray itself not as the buttoned-down news source …
 
 
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BBC:
John Kerry says Egypt army is ‘restoring democracy’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Guardian
Todd Ruger / The BLT:
Patricia Millett D.C. Circuit Nomination Heads to Full Senate
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
WHY DEFUNDING OBAMACARE MATTERS, WIN OR LOSE
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Report: Sen. Graham gets second primary challenger
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
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Immigration activists arrested at rally
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Lays Out Ways to Slash Spending