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12:55 PM ET, August 3, 2013


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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Qaeda Messages Prompt U.S. Terror Warning  —  WASHINGTON — The United States intercepted electronic communications this week among senior operatives of Al Qaeda, in which the terrorists discussed attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa, American officials said Friday.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Boston Globe to Be Sold to Red Sox's Henry for $70 Million  —  New York Times Co. (NYT:US), which put its Boston Globe newspaper up for sale this year, agreed to sell the publication to John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, for $70 million in cash.
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
New York Times Company Sells Boston Globe  —  The New York Times Company said on Saturday that it had agreed to sell The Boston Globe and its other New England media properties to John W. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, returning the paper to local ownership after two decades …
New York Times:
U.S. Cuts Take Increasing Toll on Job Growth  —  WASHINGTON — The number of federal workers forced to work shorter hours soared this summer — to 199,000 in July, from 55,000 a year earlier — in a sign of the problems that federal budget policy is causing for the economy.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Brad DeLong
Andrew Siff /
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 …
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
Nick Gillespie / Washington Post:
Five myths about libertarians  —  Nick Gillespie, editor of 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.
New York Times:
Cory Booker for Senator  —  Voters in the Democratic primary in New Jersey on Aug. 13 for the United States Senate are lucky to have a choice among four candidates with solid credentials: two with experience in Congress and good voting records; one who has worked hard at the state level on women's issues …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software  —  CNET has learned the FBI has developed custom “port reader” software to intercept Internet metadata in real time.  And, in some cases, it wants to force Internet providers to use the software.  —  FBI headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
13 Wisconsin officials raid animal shelter to kill baby deer named Giggles  —  Two weeks ago, Ray Schulze was working in a barn at the Society of St. Francis no-kill animal shelter in Kenosha, Wis., when officials swarmed the shelter with a search warrant.  —  “[There were] nine …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Obama Photo Used As Target In Dart Game At Otsego County Fair In New York (PHOTOS)  —  President Barack Obama's image is being used as a target in a dart game at the Otsego County Fair in Morris, New York.  —  In images provided to HuffPost by fairgoer Abigail Czapsky …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's Always Selma Again  —  On the cheapening of civil-rights history.  —  Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time.  On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson “used the phrase ‘Selma of our time’—a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s,” the Miami Herald reports.
David Lieberman /
NO DEAL!  CBS And Showtime Go Dark On Time Warner Cable  —  CBS and Time Warner Cable negotiators failed to reach an agreement in their retransmission deal negotiations.  Shortly after 5:00 PM ET some 3.5M TWC customers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas lost programming …
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Mike Dash / Past Imperfect:
How Friedrich Engels' Radical Lover Helped Him Father Socialism
Discussion: Power Line
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
‘US leaks on alleged Syria strikes could be attempt to harm Israeli interests’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Where's that 5% unemployment rate Obama promised by now?
Joseph Erbentraut / The Huffington Post:
Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law By Governor Pat Quinn
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
VIDEO: House GOPer Won't Push Back on Birther Calling Obama “Communist Despot”
Discussion: Daily Kos
James Arkin / Politico:
Alaskans don't back Palin for prez
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
New Nixon audio: “Aristotle was a homo... Roman emperors, fags”
 Earlier Items: 
DNC chair looks to leverage money into power
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and Naked Politics
New York Times:
Jobs and Taxes  —  Job creation and tax reform are two major challenges …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa to subpoena IRS documents
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator: Obama Doesn't Offer Much to Middle America
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The PJ Tatler
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Passes 40th Obamacare Repeal Bill Before Going Home For Summer Recess