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1:40 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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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 and Althouse
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Schumer: Putin stuck a knife into the U.S.
Discussion: Politico
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Cancels Visit to Putin as Snowden Adds to Tensions
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Says He Has “No Patience” For Anti-LGBT Laws Or Poor Treatment At Olympics
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin Amid Tension Over Snowden
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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski clash over Fox, MSNBC  —  Co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough clashed Wednesday morning on “Morning Joe” over whether there is a difference between Fox News and MSNBC, with Brzezinski calling Fox a “mouthpiece for the Republican Party.”
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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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Brock backs RNC's call for NBC, CNN to pull Hillary Clinton films  —  In an unexpected bipartisan alliance, the liberal watchdog Media Matters For America is planning to back the Republican National Committee's campaign to pressure NBC and CNN into canceling their respective Hillary Clinton film projects, POLITICO has learned.
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
Discussion: American Prospect, Guardian and Forbes
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:
The Post Sale: An Indefinable Sense of Loss
Discussion: Washington Wire and Booman Tribune
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Hadas Gold / Politico:   Up to 13: More women accuse Bob Filner
BBC:
Yemeni authorities ‘foil al-Qaeda plot to seize ports’  —  Yemen says it has foiled a major al-Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize two of the country's main ports.  —  Government spokesman Rajeh Badi said the plans included taking control of the al-Dhaba oil terminal and killing or kidnapping foreign workers.
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CNN:
Yemen steps up security amid terror attack fears
Discussion: Yahoo! News and National Review
Hoover Institution:
The Dick Durbin Debit Card Fiasco  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  A recent ruling in federal district court is sending tremors through an already roiled market.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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.
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 …
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
Robert Zubrin / National Review:
Give Snowden Immunity  —  The United States should give former NSA contractor Edward Snowden immunity from prosecution in exchange for congressional testimony.  —  The suggestion may strike many of my fellow national-security conservatives as outrageous.  Snowden certainly violated the law and may have committed treason.
Rasmussen Reports:
Christie Is Candidate GOP Voters Want Least As Their 2016 Nominee  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he's the candidate they least want to see nominated.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and LifeNews.com
 
 
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Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
North Korea to Reopen Shared Industrial Complex
Ruth Tam / Post Politics:
Boehner begins August fundraising golfing with Donald Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and Politico
Noam Scheiber / New Republic:
Harry Reid Should Kill the Filibuster, for Real This Time
Discussion: Hot Air
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Schumer: House going in ‘right direction’ on immigration reform
Discussion: Politico
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Spitzer strikes populist theme in new ad blitz
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Georgia Senate starts as toss up
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Scott Thistle / Bangor Daily News:
Maine conservative Senate candidate defends ‘flamboyantly prancing around’ in YouTube video
Discussion: Washington Monthly and HyperVocal
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: BBC and Spectator