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7:45 AM ET, August 7, 2013

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Evan Perez / CNN:
First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe  —  Demonstrators set the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, on fire on September 11, 2012.  The U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. nationals were killed during the attack.  The Obama administration initially blamed a mob inflamed …
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Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Files Charges in Benghazi Attack
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Says He Has “No Patience” For Anti-LGBT Laws Or Poor Treatment At Olympics  —  “[E]very judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation shouldn't have anything to do with it,” Obama says on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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?”  —  If you can't win, you might as well go down swinging.  —  At senior citizens. … A mild overreaction by McDonald, but in his defense, who knows where that hand has been?
Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos Bets $250 Million on Reviving Washington Post  —  Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos to Buy Washington Post  —  The Washington Post (WPO) will be sold for $250 million to Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, who is betting he can apply his success in e-commerce to the struggling newspaper industry.
Discussion: Businessweek, Politico and Firedoglake
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Bill Clinton / CNN:
Bill Clinton comments on Weiner, NYC mayoral race  —  (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said he and his wife, Hillary Clinton, have many “personal friends” in the New York City mayoral race and added that he shouldn't talk about the contest.  —  His comments came in an interview with CNN in Kigali …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP tries to damage Hillary Clinton ahead of expected 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Prairie Weather
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Priebus: DNC Banned Fox from Debates, Why Can't We Avoid CNN, NBC?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Politico:
Donald Trump, John Boehner hit the links  —  Speaker John Boehner played golf with businessman and failed presidential candidate Donald Trump Tuesday in New Jersey.  —  The Ohio Republican is in the midst of his annual August fundraising swing — he raised money for Rep. Scott Perry in Harrisburg …
Discussion: Post Politics and msnbc.com
Guardian:
Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom criticises aid to ‘bongo bongo land’  —  Ukip says comments are being discussed at ‘very highest level’ of party after outrage from MPs and campaigners  —  A senior Ukip politician has been recorded telling activists that Britain should not be sending aid to “bongo bongo land”.
Discussion: BBC and Spectator
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama housing plan: Rehab vacant lots; wind down Fannie and Freddie  —  President Obama on Tuesday outlined a series of policies he said would save home ownership for the middle class.  —  In a speech Tuesday in Arizona, one of the states hit hardest by the housing crisis that precipitated …
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Washington Wire:
Text of Obama Speech on Homeownership
Discussion: Hot Air and AL.com
The News Star:
U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election  —  Six-term 5th District U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander won't run for re-election next year, the congressman told The News-Star in an exclusive interview this afternoon.  —  Alexander, R-Ruston, who hadn't yet drawn serious opposition for 2014 …
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Forbes and Wonkblog
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
America Still Isn't Rid Of The White Economic Supremacy That Drove The March On Washington  —  When Americans talk about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic March on Washington, they often neglect to say the event's title in full: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Discussion: Dissent and The PJ Tatler
Sydney Leathers / xoJane:
Anthony Weiner's Sexting Partner Sydney Leathers Reveals Her 10 Secrets For Seducing a Politician  —  Bottom line: Don't ever let the politician know how pathetic you think they really are.  —  I know a lot of people judge me (shout-out to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts who went on air and called me …
On Point with Tom Ashbrook:
Rand Paul And More On Libertarianism  —  With John Harwood in for Tom Ashbrook.  —  Rand Paul and others on Libertarianism and the future of the Republican Party.  —  The Republican Party needs a new formula for winning national elections, and Libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul think they have it …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Former NSA chief warns of cyber-terror attacks if Snowden apprehended  —  Michael Hayden, who also headed the CIA, speculates on global hacker response if Edward Snowden brought back to US  —  The former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA speculated on Tuesday that hackers …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Expected To Thwart Obamacare Fix For Churches  —  An effort by Democrats to fix a glitch under Obamacare that harms small churches is widely expected to be blocked by Republicans, in what would be the latest example of GOP efforts to undermine President Obama's signature legislative achievement …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep Grilled By Tea Party At Town Hall Over Obamacare Funding (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) received an earful Monday at a town hall after he said that he will not be backing efforts to defund Obamacare and risk a government shutdown.  —  The exchange was captured and posted …
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Carter Evans / CBS News:
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Wall Street Journal:
Larry Schweikart and Burton Folsom: Obama's False History of Public Investment
Discussion: AEIdeas
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
White House publishes preliminary list of cybersecurity incentives
Ross Douthat:
Republicans, White Voters and Racial Polarization
Associated Press:
President George W. Bush Has Stent Procedure
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
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Ashok Rao / This is Ashok:
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
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Bloomberg:
Summers's Critics Distort His Regulatory Views