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10:00 AM ET, August 7, 2013

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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama tells Leno: 'We don't have a domestic spying program'  —  President Obama on Tuesday defended the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programs in a wide-ranging interview on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” arguing that the agency doesn't target U.S. civilians.
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Associated Press:
Obama cancels meeting with Putin amid Snowden tensions  —  In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month.  —  The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Says He Has “No Patience” For Anti-LGBT Laws Or Poor Treatment At Olympics
The Daily Beast:
Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts  —  It wasn't just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures—but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report.
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BBC:
Yemen says it has foiled an al-Qaeda plot  —  Yemen says it has foiled an al-Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize some of the country's main ports.  —  Security remains tight - and hundreds of armoured vehicles have been deployed to protect key targets.
Evan Perez / CNN:
First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe  —  Demonstrators set the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, on fire on September 11, 2012.  The U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. nationals were killed during the attack.  The Obama administration initially blamed a mob inflamed …
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Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Files Charges in Benghazi Attack
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:
The Post Sale: An Indefinable Sense of Loss  —  They say that your life flashes before your eyes when you're drowning.  I felt that way Monday when a surprise phone call informed me that The Washington Post, where I worked for 26 years, had been sold to Jeffrey Bezos, the Seattle billionaire.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos Bets $250 Million on Reviving Washington Post
Discussion: Businessweek, Politico and Firedoglake
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carney ‘surprised’ by Washington Post sale
New York Post:
Weiner allegedly hurls ‘grandpa’ remark during AARP forum  —  At an AARP-Univision mayoral forum this morning, mayoral contender Anthony Weiner pulled out the age card to taunt his most vocal challengers, 69-year-old Doe Fund founder George McDonald.  Weiner is 48.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Weiner to 69-year-old at AARP event: “What are you going to do about it, grandpa?”
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Wall Street rules a conundrum for Chris Christie  —  Getting reelected as New Jersey governor is the easy part for Chris Christie.  It's keeping the job while raising money for a presidential race that threatens to complicate his national ambitions.  —  The bombastic Garden State chief …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Reince Is Right  —  WASHINGTON — Reince Priebus says a lot of goofy things, but the chairman of the Republican National Committee has a point.  —  Films can dramatically alter the way famous people are viewed, making them cooler, more glamorous, more sympathetic — and the reverse.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and TheBlaze.com
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP tries to damage Hillary Clinton ahead of expected 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Prairie Weather
Kyung Lah / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Two more women come forward, say San Diego mayor harassed them  —  Photos: San Diego mayor's accusers  —  (CNN) — The man on the voicemail is flirty and clearly asking for a date.  But it's the name on the message that's raising red flags.  —  “Hi, it's your newly favorite congressman, Bob Filner.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Sharon Begley / Reuters:
Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security: government  —  (Reuters) - The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1
Guardian:
Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom criticises aid to ‘bongo bongo land’  —  Ukip says comments are being discussed at ‘very highest level’ of party after outrage from MPs and campaigners  —  A senior Ukip politician has been recorded telling activists that Britain should not be sending aid to “bongo bongo land”.
Discussion: Spectator and BBC
Politico:
Donald Trump, John Boehner hit the links  —  Speaker John Boehner played golf with businessman and failed presidential candidate Donald Trump Tuesday in New Jersey.  —  The Ohio Republican is in the midst of his annual August fundraising swing — he raised money for Rep. Scott Perry in Harrisburg …
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
Politico:
Jay Leno's interview with President Obama (transcript, video)  —  And what's happened over the last 20 years is — actually longer than that, probably over the last 30 — is that the gap between those of us at the very top and the vast middle has been growing wider and wider.  And some of that is globalization.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Daring to Fail  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has pulled off a major achievement in getting Israelis and Palestinians to say yes to the United States.  Can he now get them to say yes to each other?  —  I admire Kerry's doggedness in getting Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table …
Discussion: msnbc.com
elliottkember:
Chrome's insane password security strategy  —  Chrome does something interesting when you first run it.  —  The other day, I was using Chrome in development for an Ember.js app.  I use Safari for day-to-day browsing, but it has a habit of aggressively caching files when I least expect it, so from time to time I switch to Chrome.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama housing plan: Rehab vacant lots; wind down Fannie and Freddie  —  President Obama on Tuesday outlined a series of policies he said would save home ownership for the middle class.  —  In a speech Tuesday in Arizona, one of the states hit hardest by the housing crisis that precipitated …
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Washington Wire:
Text of Obama Speech on Homeownership
Discussion: Hot Air and AL.com
 
 
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Organizing for Action pitches help for Democrats
Discussion: CNN
US Department of State:
Terrorist Designation of Bahawal Khan
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
America Still Isn't Rid Of The White Economic Supremacy That Drove The March On Washington
Discussion: Dissent and The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
Larry Schweikart and Burton Folsom: Obama's False History of Public Investment
Discussion: Hit & Run and AEIdeas
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Expected To Thwart Obamacare Fix For Churches
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The News Star:
U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election
Discussion: Politico, Roll Call and Ballot Box
Ross Douthat:
Republicans, White Voters and Racial Polarization
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
HBO Developing Comedy Series From Larry Wilmore & Issa Rae To Star Rae
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Iowa's Steve King heading to South Carolina
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep Grilled By Tea Party At Town Hall Over Obamacare Funding (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story