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3:20 PM ET, August 4, 2013


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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Members of Congress denied access to basic information about NSA  —  Documents provided by two House members demonstrate how they are blocked from exercising any oversight over domestic surveillance  —  • Morgan Griffith's requests for NSA information  —  • Alan Grayson's requests for NSA information
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.
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.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Chambliss: NSA spying uncovered current terror threat  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, revealed on Sunday that the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance programs uncovered information about current terrorist threats to the United States.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Debate over NSA programs gets renewed attention amid terror threat
Discussion: Politico
Martha Raddatz / ABC News:
Senior U.S. Official: Intercepted Al Qaeda Communications Indicate Planned Attack ‘Big,’ ‘Strategically Significant’  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl report:  —  On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East are closed following …
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Graham: Al Qaeda ‘on steroids’ since Benghazi attack  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called the latest terror threat “scary,” and said that an emboldened al Qaeda has been “on steroids” since the last year's deadly strike on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Graham praises Obama administration; trip to Egypt still on
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Scott Wong / Politico:
Schumer calls Putin a ‘school-yard bully’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin is nothing more than a “school-yard bully,” and President Barack Obama should cancel their meeting in Moscow next month, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) said Sunday.  —  Last week, Putin granted National Security …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Schumer: Obama should stand up to ‘schoolyard bully,’ cancel Putin meeting
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.) …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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:
ProPublica:   The Payday Playbook: How High Cost Lenders Fight to Stay Legal
Washington Post:
Donor Jonnie Williams, Star Scientific are cooperating in probe of Gov. Robert McDonnell  —  A prominent political donor and his dietary supplement company have been cooperating for several months with federal prosecutors in a fast-moving public corruption investigation of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell …
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
US senators demand Obama place tougher sanctions on Iran
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Paul Fain / Inside Higher Ed:
Beyond Grades  —  Testing firms are offering new ways to measure …
Discussion: Instapundit
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Obama administration vetoes ban on certain Apple devices
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Study: Medicare For All Would Save Half-Trillion In First Years
Discussion: JustOneMinute