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7:15 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 …
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Files Sealed Charges in Benghazi Attack
Discussion: Politico
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   Obama's Watergates  —  The truth about Benghazi, the Associated …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP tries to damage Hillary Clinton ahead of expected 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Prairie Weather
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Comments On Weiner: ‘We Are A Hundred Miles From That Race’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Here's Why I Think Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post  —  Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider, so in the wake of news that he's buying the Washington Post, folks have been asking me two questions:  — What's it like being owned or invested in by Jeff Bezos?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carney ‘surprised’ by Washington Post sale
Discussion: Politico
David Remnick / News Desk:
Donald Graham's Choice
Drone strikes kill militants in Yemen; Americans urged to leave  —  Britain advises against travel to Yemen Analysis: Dangers of al Qaeda in Yemen Sources: Al Qaeda plot in final stages  —  (CNN) — A pair of suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four al Qaeda militants in Yemen …
Washington Post:
Wishful thinking on the war on terror
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama 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 the economic recession …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Hill
Washington Wire:
Text of Obama Speech on Homeownership
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Post Politics
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 …
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
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.
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.
The White House:
Incentives to Support Adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework  —  The systems that run our nation's critical infrastructure such as the electric grid, our drinking water, our trains, and other transportation are increasingly networked.  As with any networked system, these systems …
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
White House publishes preliminary list of cybersecurity incentives
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Roll Call
Tami Luhby /
Where Obamacare premiums will soar  —  Get ready to shell out more money for individual health insurance under Obamacare ... in some states, that is.  —  While many residents in New York and California may see sizable decreases in their premiums, Americans in many places could face significant increases …
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 …
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
Ross Douthat:
Republicans, White Voters and Racial Polarization  —  This National Journal piece, the latest to misread Sean Trende's columns on the “missing white voters” of 2012 as an argument that the G.O.P. should try to build a “whites-only” majority, reminds that I've been meaning to write …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Expected To Thwart Obamacare Fix For Churches
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nellie Andreeva /
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
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’
 Earlier Items: 
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Federal health IT chief steps down
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Priebus: DNC Banned Fox from Debates, Why Can't We Avoid CNN, NBC?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and TBogg
Romney returning to political spotlight
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …