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12:00 PM ET, August 7, 2013

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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 …
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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.
The White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on the President's Travel to Russia  —  Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin Amid Tension Over Snowden
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Politico:
Jay Leno's interview with President Obama (transcript, video)
Discussion: JustOneMinute
CNN:
Obama cancels talks with Putin ahead of G-20 summit
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.
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Broad U.S. terror alert mystifies experts; 'It's crazy pants,' one says  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Guardian
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.
Discussion: American Prospect, Guardian and Forbes
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Ruth Marcus / Real Clear Politics:
The Day Our Earth Stood Still
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:
The Post Sale: An Indefinable Sense of Loss
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:   Up to 13: More women accuse Bob Filner
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.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski clash over Fox, MSNBC
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
George Takei / Allegiance:
Why Russia Should Not Be Permitted To Host the 2014 Winter Olympics In Sochi, and Why They Should Instead Be Moved To Another Host City  —  It's been bubbling for some time, but the controversy over Russia's draconian “gay propaganda” law has now boiled over.Last week, Russia's Sports Minister confirmed …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Says He Has “No Patience” For Anti-LGBT Laws Or Poor Treatment At Olympics
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?”
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Georgia Senate starts as toss up  —  PPP's newest Georgia Senate poll finds that with Michelle Nunn joining the field, the race is a toss up.  —  Nunn herself is not all that well known- 61% of voters don't have an opinion about her and those who do have one are closely divided with 20% viewing her favorably and 19% unfavorably.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Organizing for Action pitches help for Democrats
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Scott Thistle / Bangor Daily News:
Maine conservative Senate candidate defends ‘flamboyantly prancing around’ in YouTube video
Politico:
Jay Leno's interview with President Obama (transcript, video)
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Daring to Fail  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has pulled off …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Wall Street rules a conundrum for Chris Christie
Guardian:
Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom criticises aid to ‘bongo bongo land’
Discussion: Spectator and BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Donald Trump, John Boehner hit the links
Discussion: Post Politics and The Hill
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
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
Evan Perez / CNN:
First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe