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2:56 AM ET, August 3, 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
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Charlie Rangel: These tea partiers are the same terrorist white crackers we fought during desegregation
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and American Glob
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.
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.
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
State Department Issues Global Travel Alert
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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 …
Discussion: Politicker
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
David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
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 …
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
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.
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
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,” …
 
 
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New York Times:
Jobs and Taxes  —  Job creation and tax reform are two major challenges …
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BuzzFeed:
Senate Approves Several Out Gay Nominees, With No Opposition
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator: Obama Doesn't Offer Much to Middle America
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
New Links Emerge in the IRS Scandal
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