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11:55 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
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 / 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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
‘US leaks on alleged Syria strikes could be attempt to harm Israeli interests’
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's Always Selma Again
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Where's that 5% unemployment rate Obama promised by now?
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
New Nixon audio: “Aristotle was a homo... Roman emperors, fags”
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Politico:
DNC chair looks to leverage money into power
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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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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa to subpoena IRS documents
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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
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Incoming Iranian Leader Calls Israeli Occupation ‘a Sore’
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Obama Narrows Field for Fed Chairman to 3