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3:25 PM ET, August 7, 2013

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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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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 …
Ted Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
America's Chronic Overreaction to Terrorism  —  The country's capacity for self-inflicted damage must have astounded even Osama bin Laden.  —  June 28, 2014, will mark the 100th anniversary of what is arguably the most eventful terrorist attack in history.
Discussion: NewsBusters
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Schumer: Putin stuck a knife into the U.S.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
MAD: Obama goes ‘spy vs. spy’
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
First Read:
President Obama on Leno: We won't be ‘terrorized’ by al Qaeda threats
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and msnbc.com
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin Amid Tension Over Snowden
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.
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 and Guardian
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:
The Post Sale: An Indefinable Sense of Loss
Discussion: Booman Tribune and 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.
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is Amazon Art a doomed venture?  Let's hope so  —  I do not think it will revolutionize the art world: … I expect the real business here to come in posters, lower quality lithographs, and screen prints, not fine art per se.  And sold on a commodity basis.
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.
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why isn't Rick Santorum the GOP 2016 frontrunner?  —  This week Rick Santorum returns to Iowa for the first time since last year's presidential campaign.  For Santorum, whose victory in the 2012 caucuses started an improbable run at the Republican nomination, the visit will look like a campaign swing …
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Joe Sutter / Messenger News:
King: Global warming ‘not proven, not science’
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Darren Samuelsohn / Reuters:
Decades behind: Sexual assault unchecked as Defense Department ducks reform
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ari Melber / msnbc.com:
Presumed guilty: Unequal cuts threaten equal justice
Discussion: OurFuture.org
Rick Couri / FM102.3 and AM740:
Senator Inhofe announces re-election bid
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Benghazi suspect says he's ‘having a normal life,’ denies charges
Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Repeal Coalition: Delay all 2014 Obamacare Provisions
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Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
North Korea to Reopen Shared Industrial Complex
Scott Thistle / Bangor Daily News:
Maine conservative Senate candidate defends ‘flamboyantly prancing around’ in YouTube video
Discussion: Washington Monthly and HyperVocal
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Daring to Fail  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has pulled off …
Discussion: Liberal Values and msnbc.com