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12:40 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.
Politico:
Jay Leno's interview with President Obama (transcript, video)  —  Q Welcome the President of the United States — Barack Obama.  (Applause.)  —  Welcome back, sir.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  It's good to be back.  (Applause.)  —  Q Well, we're thrilled to have you.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Cancels Visit to Putin as Snowden Adds to Tensions
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin Amid Tension Over Snowden
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Says He Has “No Patience” For Anti-LGBT Laws Or Poor Treatment At Olympics
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
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: Hot Air, Mediaite and Slate
Ruth Marcus / Real Clear Politics:
The Day Our Earth Stood Still  —  Don Graham's decision to sell The Washington Post was his reverse Sophie's Choice moment.  —  She had to decide which cherished child to save and which to send to the gas chamber.  Don and the Graham family weren't forced to make an anguishing choice but did so anyway.
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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
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:
The Post Sale: An Indefinable Sense of Loss
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Hadas Gold / Politico:   Up to 13: More women accuse Bob Filner
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.
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 …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Spitzer strikes populist theme in new ad blitz  —  Washington (CNN) - Eliot Spitzer is unleashing a pair of new television ads Wednesday in the New York City comptroller's race framing himself as an anti-establishment populist, a theme he has been hitting on the campaign trail …
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
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?”
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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Hoover Institution:
The Dick Durbin Debit Card Fiasco
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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)
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Daring to Fail  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has pulled off …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Guardian:
Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom criticises aid to ‘bongo bongo land’
Discussion: BBC and Spectator
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
Evan Perez / CNN:
First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe