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9:20 PM ET, August 6, 2013


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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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama's Watergates  —  The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known.  Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running …
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Files Charges in Benghazi Attack
Discussion: Politico
Bill Clinton / CNN:
Bill Clinton comments on Weiner, NYC mayoral race  —  (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said he and his wife, Hillary Clinton, have many “personal friends” in the New York City mayoral race and added that he shouldn't talk about the contest.  —  His comments came in an interview with CNN in Kigali …
Sydney Leathers / xoJane:
Anthony Weiner's Sexting Partner Sydney Leathers Reveals Her 10 Secrets For Seducing a Politician  —  Bottom line: Don't ever let the politician know how pathetic you think they really are.  —  I know a lot of people judge me (shout-out to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts who went on air and called me …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The Grahams Sell ‘The Washington Post,’ and Woodward Is Sad  —  The sale of ‘The Washington Post’ to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has stunned the paper's old guard.  The Graham family survived Nixon but not the Internet.  —  If Hell froze over, pigs took wing, sheep fell from the sky …
Jeff Bezos Bets $250 Million on Reviving Washington Post
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carney ‘surprised’ by Washington Post sale
Discussion: Politico
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Here's Why I Think Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post
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.
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Priebus: DNC Banned Fox from Debates, Why Can't We Avoid CNN, NBC?  —  “We have to control the referees that we're bringing into our playground,” Priebus said of his threat to prohibit CNN and NBC from holding Republican-primary debates in 2016.  “The fact of the matter is you've got …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and TBogg
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP tries to damage Hillary Clinton ahead of expected 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Prairie Weather
Steve Benen /
PolitiFact finds its pants on fire  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) appeared on Fox News on Sunday, and when the discussion turned to a possible self-imposed budget crisis, the Virginia Republican said lawmakers should be “focused on trying to deal with the ultimate problem, which is this growing deficit.”
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
I'm a guy again!  ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back  —  ‘Amnesia’ awakening  —  He thought he was a woman trapped in a man's body — but it turns out he's “just another boring straight guy.”  —  ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing …
Washington Post:
Wishful thinking on the war on terror
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 …
Washington Wire:
Text of Obama Speech on Homeownership
Discussion: Hot Air and
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep Grilled By Tea Party At Town Hall Over Obamacare Funding (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) received an earful Monday at a town hall after he said that he will not be backing efforts to defund Obamacare and risk a government shutdown.  —  The exchange was captured and posted …
Discussion: The Raw Story
The News Star:
U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election  —  Six-term 5th District U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander won't run for re-election next year, the congressman told The News-Star in an exclusive interview this afternoon.  —  Alexander, R-Ruston, who hadn't yet drawn serious opposition for 2014 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Iowa's Steve King heading to South Carolina  —  Washington (CNN) - Iowa Rep. Steve King, whose hard line immigration rhetoric has angered some of his fellow Republicans and delighted Democrats eager to keep Hispanic voters in their fold, is quietly planning meetings …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
T.S.A. Expands Duties Beyond Airport Security  —  WASHINGTON — As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds.
Summers's Critics Distort His Regulatory Views  —  A lot of public discussion takes place before the president nominates a new Federal Reserve Board chairman.  This time, that discussion has gotten unusually heated.  —  Continuing economic difficulties are one reason.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Why I Don't Trust Lawrence Summers' Friends
Kyle Roerink / Casper Star-Tribune:
Liz Cheney listed as 10-year Wyomingite, gets resident fishing license early  —  Senate candidate Liz Cheney improperly received a state resident fishing license based on an application with incorrect information, according to Wyoming Game and Fish Department records.
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Former NSA chief warns of cyber-terror attacks if Snowden apprehended  —  Michael Hayden, who also headed the CIA, speculates on global hacker response if Edward Snowden brought back to US  —  The former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA speculated on Tuesday that hackers …
Sarah Mimms /
Republicans Confront Lady Problems in Congress  —  GOP groups are scrambling to expand outreach to women, as party operatives fear gender gap could grow.  —  When the House Judiciary Committee passed a late-term abortion ban in June, Republican leaders scrambled to find a female …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Obama reportedly to meet with Muslim Brotherhood officials in the White House  —  Obama is like a dog with a bone.  How high and how deep does the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the Obama administration go?  Millions of people of Egypt have forced the removal of the illegal …
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
White House publishes preliminary list of cybersecurity incentives  —  The White House on Tuesday released a preliminary set of incentives it may offer power plants, water companies and others that operate critical infrastructure to get them to join a cybersecurity program chaired by the Homeland Security Department.
Discussion: Gizmodo
The White House:   Incentives to Support Adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Expected To Thwart Obamacare Fix For Churches
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ross Douthat:
Republicans, White Voters and Racial Polarization
Associated Press:
President George W. Bush Has Stent Procedure
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
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HBO Developing Comedy Series From Larry Wilmore & Issa Rae To Star Rae
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and TVLine
Ashok Rao / This is Ashok:
Has the Labor Market Adjusted? - A Keynesian Price Floor and Employment Dynamics
Julian Hattem / E2-Wire:
Almost eight months late, EPA sets 2013 biofuel blend requirement
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
The One Thing Wendy Davis Said She Knew About Gosnell Is Wrong
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Imprisoned “Innocence of Muslims” producer Nakoula Nakoula: ‘I want the world to see the truth’