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11:40 AM ET, August 4, 2013


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Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Pay-up time for Brawley: '87 rape-hoaxer finally shells out for slander  —  Just $431,000 to go  —  Twenty-five years after accusing an innocent man of rape, Tawana Brawley is finally paying for her lies.  —  Last week, 10 checks totaling $3,764.61 were delivered to ex-prosecutor Steven Pagones …
CBS News:
Source: Terrorists behind embassy threat in place  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  The terror threat prompting the U.S. government to close nearly two dozen embassies and consulates Sunday is the most specific, credible threat information in years, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reports.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and NO QUARTER USA NET
New York Times:
Other Agencies Clamor for Data N.S.A. Compiles  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency's dominant role as the nation's spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say.
Discussion: Eschaton
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
So, What Is the Benghazi Cover-Up All About?  —  Shortly after the Benghazi debacle in September 2012, it was rumored that the terrorist attack occurred in the context of a CIA operation whereby Libyan arms, which presumably were either purchased or scooped up by the Agency in the wake of Gaddafi's overthrow …
Sheldon Alberts / Hillicon Valley:
Unknown Republican blocks bill requiring email search warrants  —  An anonymous Republican senator has delayed a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other online messages.  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Martin O'Malley Putting Together “Framework” For Presidential Bid  —  The Maryland governor is openly making preparations for a White House run.  “I think we're on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016,” says O'Malley.  —  Image by Charlie Neibergall, File / AP
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Graham praises Obama administration; trip to Egypt still on  —  Follow @politicalticker Follow @KilloughCNN  —  (CNN) - One of President Barack Obama's most vocal critics in the Senate said Sunday that he approves of how the administration is handling the recent terror threats.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Newsweek's New Owners Say They Bought “A Lot Of Cachet”  —  IBT's plans to revive the title aren't clear.The company has ties to controversial religious leader David Jang's Olivet University.  —  Less than a year after announcing that it would cease publishing in print …
Paul Fain / Inside Higher Ed:
Beyond Grades  —  Testing firms are offering new ways to measure what students learn in college.  Their next generation of assessments is billed as an add-on - rather than a replacement - to the college degree.  But the tests also give graduates something besides a transcript to send to a potential employer.
Discussion: Instapundit
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:
Michael Froomkin /
Democracy in Action (Missouri Edition)  —  ProPublica's The Payday Playbook: How High Cost Lenders Fight to Stay Legal is a little different from what they teach in high school civics classes. … Someone raised $2.8 million to fight the initiative.  We don't get know exactly who:
INTERPOL issues global security alert advising increased vigilance for terrorist activity  —  LYON, France - Following a series of prison escapes across nine INTERPOL member countries in the past month alone, including in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters …
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Tom Brown / Reuters:
Florida lawmakers agree to hearings on ‘Stand Your Ground’ law
Amanda Ripley / Wall Street Journal:
The $4 Million Teacher  —  South Korea's students rank among …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
Rep. Ellison: 'There's Plenty of Money, It's Just The Government Doesn't Have It'
Discussion: Power Line and PJ Lifestyle
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
US senators demand Obama place tougher sanctions on Iran
Discussion: The Hill and
New York Times:
Despite Administration Promises, Few Signs of Change in Drone Wars
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Obama administration vetoes ban on certain Apple devices
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama hits the links ahead of birthday
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A Star Philosopher Falls, and a Debate Over Sexism Is Set Off
New York Times:
Cory Booker for Senator
Discussion: Booman Tribune