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10:30 AM ET, August 7, 2013

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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
IN REBUKE, OBAMA CANCELS MOSCOW SUMMIT WITH PUTIN  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  —  The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring …
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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.
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
Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Post's Fire Sale  —  It's not often that the zeitgeist whups both of the newspapers the Right loves to hate — the Washington Post and the New York Times — upside the head with a righteous shillelagh simultaneously, but (as Mattie Ross says in True Grit) it did happen.  In fact, it happened this week.
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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?”
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.
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
New York Times:
Tech Magnates Bet on Booker and His Future  —  The conference room in the Mountain View, Calif., headquarters of LinkedIn was packed with the stars of Silicon Valley.  Top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter gathered around a table; the billionaire Sean Parker looked on from a back row.
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
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Quiet Mobile Giant: With 300M Active Users, WhatsApp Adds Voice Messaging  —  WhatsApp, a tiny startup with a very basic idea, boring design and lots of competition, has somehow managed to connect up most of the world.  And that's actually pretty exciting.
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
 
 
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Scott Thistle / Bangor Daily News:
Maine conservative Senate candidate defends ‘flamboyantly prancing around’ in YouTube video
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:
The Post Sale: An Indefinable Sense of Loss
Discussion: Washington Wire
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Organizing for Action pitches help for Democrats
Discussion: CNN
US Department of State:
Terrorist Designation of Bahawal Khan
Politico:
Donald Trump, John Boehner hit the links
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
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
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Larry Schweikart and Burton Folsom: Obama's False History of Public Investment
Discussion: Hit & Run and AEIdeas
Washington Wire:
Text of Obama Speech on Homeownership
Discussion: Hot Air and AL.com
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