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6:35 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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama reminds Marines of continued al Qaeda threats
Discussion: Politico
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
IN REBUKE, OBAMA CANCELS MOSCOW SUMMIT WITH PUTIN  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  —  The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring …
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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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's Russia reset unravels
Discussion: CNN, Techdirt and The Hill
The White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on the President's Travel to Russia
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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Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum: Liberals ‘Make It Uncomfortable For Students’ To Shower At The Gym  —  Next time you feel uncomfortable showering at the gym, blame it on liberals and their abortion rights agenda.  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) does.  —  Speaking to anti-abortion group Students …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Arizona Republic:
Hundreds protest Obama outside Phoenix high school  —  FONT:  —  Hundreds of protesters wielded signs, chanted slogans and argued with each other Tuesday outside Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, while President Barack Obama spoke about housing and the economy inside.
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: LifeNews.com and Weekly Standard
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Blake Neff / Ballot Box:
Christie surges in New Hampshire
Discussion: Reuters
Yahoo! News:
Ron Paul: Retired but not relenting
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and ABC News
David Dayen / New Republic:
Obama's Plan for Fannie and Freddie Just Repeats Old Mistakes  —  A Home for Every American Family?  No!  —  Imagine you have hundreds of millions of dollars in disposable income.  (Congratulations!)  You're looking to find a safe place to keep it, and maybe earn a decent yield.
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
White House Seeks a Return to the Housing Status Quo
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Washington Steps Warily on Housing
Discussion: The Week and ThinkProgress
Joe Sutter / Messenger News:
King: Global warming ‘not proven, not science’  —  Congressman addresses FD crowd Tuesday  —  While a warmer planet may not be harmful, deficit spending and Obamacare are, according to Rep. Steve King.  —  King, the Republicn who represents Iowa's 4th Congressional District …
Discussion: E2-Wire and Daily Kos
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Steve King: Belief In Climate Change Is A ‘Religion,’ ‘Not Science’
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: The Moderate Voice and Hit & Run
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:   Veteran civil rights campaigner praises Snowden's act of ‘civil disobedience’
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.
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
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
The Top 10 Lawmakers Who Could Lose a Primary Next Year  —  The list includes a Santa Claus impersonator-turned congressman and a doctor who slept with his patients.  —  Incumbency in Congress is a fortress rarely breached, particularly in primaries.  In the 2012 elections …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Illinois Review
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
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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Will Ripley / KUSA-TV:
Castle Rock apartment tenants told they must get rid of their guns  —  His apartment complex, the Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, sent out a notice telling all residents to get rid of their guns.  —  The 77-year-old retired US Marine Corps veteran sent a newstip to 9Wants …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Examiner
Russ Choma / OpenSecrets.org:
Ron Paul Campaign Accused of Trying to Buy Iowa Endorsements  —  The Ron Paul presidential campaign may have been involved with negotiations to offer financial compensation to an Iowa state senator in exchange for his endorsement and support in the 2012 Iowa caucuses, according to emails obtained by OpenSecrets.org.
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.
 
 
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Zillow lists White House for $319 million
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