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1:10 PM ET, August 5, 2013


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republicans Against Reality  —  Last week House Republicans voted for the 40th time to repeal Obamacare.  Like the previous 39 votes, this action will have no effect whatsoever.  But it was a stand-in for what Republicans really want to do: repeal reality, and the laws of arithmetic in particular.
Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
Budget Bedlam This Fall  —  August actually is a pretty good time to be in Washington.  —  Yes, the weather usually is awful.  But with Congress gone, getting to work isn't as stressful because there's less demand on roads and public transit.  You can get up later and still get to work on time.
Associated Press:   House GOP plans anti-Washington push in August
Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans  —  (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across …
Associated Press:
Dead people gave nearly $600K to campaigns since 2009  —  WASHINGTON — The dead can't vote, but they can give money to politicians.  —  Thirty-two people listed on federal campaign records as “deceased” have contributed more than $586,000 to congressional and presidential candidates …
CBS News:
U.S. still on edge in face of uncovered terror plot  —  (CBS News) American embassies and consulates will remain closed in 19 Middle Eastern and African countries through Saturday as intelligence officials analyze communications intercepted of senior al Qaeda leaders discussing attacks against unspecified Western targets.
Discussion: CBS DC, The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
New York Times:
The Last Temptation of Tina Brown  —  On Nov. 12, 2010, Tina Brown gathered the staff of her Web site The Daily Beast in the third-floor conference room at its Chelsea offices with its commanding views of the Hudson.  Brimming with the fervor she has brought to all her endeavors …
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Newsweek sold again, this time to digital news company IBT Media
Wall Street Journal:
Congress's ObamaCare Exemption  —  The President intervenes to give Members and staff a break.  —  To adapt H.L. Mencken, nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class.  Witness their ad-libbed decision, at the 11th hour and on the basis …
EXCLUSIVE-RNC TO NBC, CNN: DUMP HILLARY DOCS OR WE WILL DUMP DEBATES  —  On Monday, RNC Chair Reince Priebus sent stinging letters to NBC and CNN concerning their recently announced decisions to produce films celebrating the life of Hillary Clinton.  The RNC sees the odd programing move …
Jillian Rogers /
RNC Chairman Calls on NBC and CNN to Stop Promoting Hillary Clinton  —  RNC will not partner with networks in 2016 primary debates  —  WASHINGTON - Today Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
G.O.P. Governors Warn Party Members in Congress Not to Shut Government  —  MILWAUKEE — Worried about the potential impact on the fragile economies in their states, Republican governors this weekend warned their counterparts in Congress not to shut down the federal government as part of an effort …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
McConnell slams GOP challenger as ‘Bailout Bevin’ in new ad  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) reelection campaign is out with a new ad hitting Tea party challenger Matt Bevin as “bailout Bevin” and highlighting a number of tax liens assessed on his business and vacation home.
Discussion: CNN
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell targets Obama; Alison Lundergan Grimes aims at McConnell at Fancy Farm
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Perry Stein / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Challenger To McConnell: ‘Be A Man, Run On Your Record’
Discussion: The Other McCain
Prof Mark Post / BBC:
World's first lab-grown burger is eaten in London  —  The world's first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at a news conference in London on Monday.  —  Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make a patty.
Discussion: Althouse
Alok Jha / Guardian:
Google's Sergey Brin bankrolled world's first synthetic beef hamburger
Discussion: Hot Air, Death and Taxes and The Week
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Olivia Nuzzi won't defend herself against the latest lies, so allow me  —  I'm no stranger to receiving hate and abuse on the Internet, and beyond.  I'm not going to link to any of it in this post, but if you've been following my career or Pando for a while you've probably seen it.
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Steve Schmidt Says Republican Campaigns Haven't Changed.  But They Will.  —  You've been hired by the A.C.L.U. to win over Republicans on same-sex marriage.  What's the argument that you make to those who are resistant?  —  A few years ago, there was universal agreement in the party that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Discussion: The Fix
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
New study finds vast online marketplace for guns without background checks  —  The marketplace for firearms on the Internet, where buyers are not required to undergo background checks, is so vast that advocates for stricter regulations now consider online sales a greater threat than the gun show loophole.
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What Is Chris Christie Doing Right?  —  He's hugely popular in a state way to his left.  He's unafraid to take on a national party considerably to his right.  And he's most adored when he's acting reprehensibly.  —  In New Jersey, charisma is a blunt instrument.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Reaction
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
The ‘Hottest Politicians’ in the Country?  Christie and Clinton  —  Quinnipiac University is out with a new type of poll Monday, surveying the “hottest politicians” in the country.  —  In the poll of voter attitudes toward the country's major political figures, the “hottest” …
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Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Luxury toilet users warned of hardware flaw
Discussion: GigaOM and Althouse
Bob Filner / Most Recent:
City, scandal continue with mayor in rehab
Discussion: The Fix and KGTV-TV
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Holt hits Booker as ‘no progressive’ in first ad
Discussion: Politico, E2-Wire and Colorlines
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Newt Gingrich sees major Mideast mistakes, rethinks his neocon views on intervention
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CBS DC
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Bid to Honor Austen Is Not Universally Acknowledged
 Earlier Items: 
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
John Kerry Receives Letter From Lawmakers Demanding Protection Of LGBT Rights At 2014 Olympics
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Joe. My. God.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
August recess now high season for interests lobbying lawmakers
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABC News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Santorum ‘open’ to 2016 run
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
A much-maligned engine of innovation
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Six months later, Obama State of the Union policy goals gathering dust
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Marco Rubio's new mission: Win back the Republican Party's base
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kate Taylor / New York Times:
Health Care Law Raises Pressure on Public Unions
Discussion: Right Wing News