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2:45 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 …
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.
Ted Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
America's Chronic Overreaction to Terrorism
Discussion: NewsBusters
CNN:
Yemen foils terror plot
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Quartz and National Review
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
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
MAD: Obama goes ‘spy vs. spy’
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Schumer: Putin stuck a knife into the U.S.
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.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Up to 13: More women accuse Bob Filner
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Repeal Coalition: Delay all 2014 Obamacare Provisions  —  Letter to Boehner and McConnell urges leaders to insist on one-year delay of all year-2014 Obamacare mandates, subsidies, and taxes.  —  Today, members of the Obamacare Repeal Coalition sent the below letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell:
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Benghazi suspect says he's ‘having a normal life,’ denies charges  —  The Libyan militia commander charged with involvement in the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans denied all accusations when speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday.
 
 
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Noam Scheiber / New Republic:
Harry Reid Should Kill the Filibuster, for Real This Time
Discussion: Hot Air
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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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Daring to Fail  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has pulled off …
Discussion: Liberal Values and msnbc.com
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Wall Street rules a conundrum for Chris Christie
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Guardian:
Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom criticises aid to ‘bongo bongo land’
Discussion: BBC and Spectator