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5:55 PM ET, August 3, 2013


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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 …
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
NEW YORK TIMES SELLS BOSTON GLOBE AT 93% LOSS  —  After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million.  That's a straight 93% loss.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A Star Philosopher Falls, and a Debate Over Sexism Is Set Off  —  Ever since Socrates' wife was painted as a jealous shrew by one of his pupils, women have had it tough in philosophy.  —  Thinkers from Aristotle to Kant questioned whether women were fully capable of reason.
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama hits the links ahead of birthday  —  President Obama on Saturday celebrated his upcoming birthday on the golf course with friends from nearly every stage of his life.  —  Included in the group were Obama's high school pals from Hawaii, Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos.
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.
Democracy Now:
“We Are Slowly Dying”: Fast-Food Workers Launch Strike for Living Wage and Right to Unionize … A national strike for a living wage and the right to unionize in the fast-food and retail sectors has spread across seven cities.  Hundreds of workers walked off the job Thursday in Milwaukee …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Study: Medicare For All Would Save Half-Trillion In First Years  —  Not that you didn't know this, of course, but it's nice to have some figures to throwback at politicians and “journalists” the next time they start explaining to us how very, very urgent it is to cut Medicare:
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Ted Cruz does not care about you, Republican “grown-ups”  —  Professional conservatives suddenly realize that a superstar senator doesn't want to help their movement  —  A small contingent of the more Tea Party-ish Republican senators has decided to shut down the government unless “Obamacare” is “defunded.”
Miriam Elder:
Why Russia Turned Against The Gays  —  Vladimir Putin's new campaign for national — and political — survival.  —  An anti-gay activist grabs a protester at an LGBT rights demonstration in central Moscow in May.  Image by ANDREY SMIRNOV / Getty Images  —  Three months before Russia's …
Discussion: Vox Popoli, BuzzFeed, Balloon Juice and RT
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
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Mike Dash / Past Imperfect:
How Friedrich Engels' Radical Lover Helped Him Father Socialism
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Declan McCullagh / CNET:
FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
‘US leaks on alleged Syria strikes could be attempt to harm Israeli interests’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's Always Selma Again
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
13 Wisconsin officials raid animal shelter to kill baby deer named Giggles
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
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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