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6:40 PM ET, August 2, 2013

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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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Passes 40th Obamacare Repeal Bill Before Going Home For Summer Recess  —  House Republicans passed their 40th bill to repeal or dismantle Obamacare on Friday before heading home for a month-long recess.  —  The mostly party-line vote was 232-185.
Michael Kitchen / MarketWatch:
Congress to get Obamacare exemption: report
Politico:
Hill gets Obamacare fix
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Inside the Obamacare resistance
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.
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
U.S. issues global travel alert, to close embassies due to al Qaeda threat  —  (CNN) — A global travel alert issued Friday by the State Department said al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in coming weeks, and the U.S. government prepared to close embassies …
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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.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jim Messina jumps across the pond
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?
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.
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
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 …
Talia Buford / Politico:
Martin family pushes Trayvon Martin amendment to black journalists  —  The family of slain teen Trayvon Martin said Friday they will continue to fight for an amendment to limit Stand Your Ground laws for as long as it takes.  —  “We understand sometimes it's a long journey to justice,” …
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.
sciencemag.org:
Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict  — Solomon M. Hsiang1,2,*,†‡,  —  1Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA.
Discussion: Guardian
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New York Times:
A Republican Case for Climate Action  —  EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency.  We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.
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.”
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
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Obamacare Full Frontal: Of 953,000 Jobs Created In 2013, 77%, Or 731,000 Are Part-Time  —  When the payroll report was released last month, the world finally noticed what we had been saying for nearly three years: that the US was slowly being converted to a part-time worker society.
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator: Obama Doesn't Offer Much to Middle America  —  Arkansas senator Mark Pryor blasts the president in new comments made to the Associated Press.  “[I]f you look at the president's policies, he just doesn't offer a lot to states like Arkansas,” Pryor, a Democrat, told the wire service.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jon Weisman / Variety:
Ellen DeGeneres To Host Oscars  —  Talkshow host returns for second Oscar tour  —  And the next host of the Academy Awards is ... Ellen DeGeneres.  —  It will be DeGeneres' second tour of duty as Oscar host, having previously emceed the 79th annual Academy Awards in 2007 and earning an Emmy nomination.
 
 
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa to subpoena IRS documents
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
New Links Emerge in the IRS Scandal
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