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9:10 AM 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.
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Travel.State.Gov:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE  —  The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.  Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
State Department Issues Global Travel Alert
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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
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?
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's Always Selma Again
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Where's that 5% unemployment rate Obama promised by now?
Politico:
DNC chair looks to leverage money into power
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Naked Politics
New York Times:
Jobs and Taxes  —  Job creation and tax reform are two major challenges …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
BuzzFeed:
Senate Approves Several Out Gay Nominees, With No Opposition
Discussion: Jezebel and Joe. My. God.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa to subpoena IRS documents
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator: Obama Doesn't Offer Much to Middle America
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The PJ Tatler
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
New Links Emerge in the IRS Scandal
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Obama Narrows Field for Fed Chairman to 3