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11:30 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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Michael Kitchen / MarketWatch:
Congress to get Obamacare exemption: report
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   House GOP Passes 40th Obamacare Repeal Bill Before Going Home For Summer Recess
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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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 warned al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in coming weeks, a threat that prompted Sunday's closure of 21 embassies and consulates.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Qaeda Messages Prompt U.S. Terror Warning
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
State Department Issues Global Travel Alert
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.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Clouds Spread to Democratic Side of Virginia Governor's Race  —  For months, the governor's race in Virginia has unfolded beneath a cloud of scandal over the Republican incumbent that spread to his would-be Republican successor, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II.  —  But now a potential scandal …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Washington Post:
Company with ties to Terry McAuliffe is under SEC investigation  —  An electric-car company co-founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over its conduct in soliciting foreign investors, according to law-enforcement documents and company officials.
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
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
New Nixon audio: “Aristotle was a homo... Roman emperors, fags”  —  This is brilliant.  They've found new audio of then-President Richard Nixon complaining about a TV show he stumbled upon that was glorifying homosexuality: “All in the Family.”  —  It's hard to imagine Nixon wasn't familiar with All in the Family.
James Arkin / Politico:
Alaskans don't back Palin for prez  —  There would be no home field advantage in Alaska for Sarah Palin if the former governor made a run for the White House in 2016, according to a new poll released Friday.  —  Hillary Clinton, the front runner for the Democrats in 2016 …
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.
Joseph Erbentraut / The Huffington Post:
Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law By Governor Pat Quinn  —  Illinois on Thursday officially became the 20th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.  —  At a ceremony at the University of Chicago, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill while joined by Jim Champion …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and ThinkProgress
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa to subpoena IRS documents  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Friday that he would subpoena documents from the IRS over its scrutiny of Tea Party groups, accusing the agency of stonewalling its requests.  —  At a Friday hearing, Issa said that the IRS …
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline.com:
George Clooney To Hedge Fund Honcho Daniel Loeb: Stop Spreading Fear At Sony  —  EXCLUSIVE: George Clooney, who yesterday sent his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov to Hollywood to show Sony and Fox a first cut of their Oscar-season period film The Monuments Men, has spent …
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,” …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
VIDEO: House GOPer Won't Push Back on Birther Calling Obama “Communist Despot”  —  Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is no John McCain.  —  At a town hall forum in her district on Monday that was sponsored by a local tea party group, Roby was asked by an attendee what she would do to counter …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Andrew Siff / nbcnewyork.com:
Anthony Weiner: I'm “100 Percent Not” Sexting Right Now, Deleted Everything from Past Affairs  —  “I don't have any of the records,” Weiner said in an interview with NBC 4 New York Friday  —  For a man who just wants the press to move forward from the revelations of his controversial sexual trysts online …
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.
Marina Galperina / ANIMAL:
Drunk Russian Soldiers Attack Lonely LGBT Rights Protestor, Fight Cops  —  Today is Russian Airborne Troops Day, an annual military pride celebration which traditionally involves gaggles of soldiers and pilots spilling into public square for merriment, flag waving, wallowing in public fountains and miscellaneous public drunkenness.
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
Nick Gillespie / Washington Post:
Five myths about libertarians  —  Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.com and a columnist for the Daily Beast, is a co-author of “The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America.”  —  The specter of libertarianism is haunting America.
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.
 
 
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