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8:45 AM ET, August 8, 2013

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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.
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Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Obama Protesters Sing ‘Bye Bye Black Sheep,’ Rail Against ‘Half-White Muslim’ In Arizona  —  A raucous crowd of supporters and protesters from both ends of the political spectrum showed up outside President Barack Obama's appearance in Phoenix, Ariz. on Tuesday, with some of his detractors turning …
Reuters:
Putin will not ‘cave’ to Obama pressure: Snowden's father  —  (Reuters) - The father of Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor, predicted on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand up to pressure from Washington as the two nations spar over Moscow's decision to grant his son asylum.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republicans blast Obama on Russia
Reuters:
Exclusive: IRS manual detailed DEA's use of hidden intel evidence  —  (Reuters) - Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Broader Sifting of Data Abroad Is Seen by N.S.A.  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.
Discussion: The Hill and Prairie Weather
Shawn Manning / Washington Post:
The Fort Hood attack was terrorism.  The Army should call it that.  —  Shawn Manning is a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and mental health counselor who lives in Lacey, Wash.  —  In November 2009, my Army Reserve Medical Detachment reported to Fort Hood, Tex., in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.
Discussion: News Desk
New York Times:
Fast-Food Fight  —  The fast-food workers who have been walking off their jobs illustrate a central fact of contemporary work life in America: As lower-wage occupations have proliferated in the past several years, Americans are increasingly unable to make a living at their jobs.
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Texas Tea Partiers Gunning For Gohmert to Primary Cornyn  —  Louie Gohmert for Senate?  That's what a number of Texas tea-party activists are hoping for.  They're not happy with Senator John Cornyn, and Katrina Pierson, who serves on the Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Board …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Great Orator Gaffes Again  —  One comment makes him akin to Akin.  —  “The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately,” President Obama told NBC's Jay Leno last night.  —  Wait, “unfortunately”?
Caroline Baum / Bloomberg:
A User's Guide to Obama's Inside-Out Economics  —  The president may be out of ideas, but he is never out of words.  He has been sharing voluminous amounts of them with audiences over the last two weeks on his latest speaking tour, or pivot, on the economy.  —  And for good reason.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Watchdog.org:
GreenTech courted Obama's Solyndra aide  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and three top GreenTech advisers met with the key White House aide responsible for helping bankrupt solar-panel maker Solyndra win federal loans and high-profile presidential support, a Watchdog investigation has revealed.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Doug Ross and Hot Air
Kurtis Lee / The Spot:
Republican Ken Buck files paperwork to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, four years after loss  —  Ken Buck, the current Weld County District Attorney, will run for U.S. Senate next year in an effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.  —  Buck, a Tea Party Republican, filed paperwork …
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Fix and Post Politics
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How to win the war over Obamacare  —  The battle over Obamacare may rage on for years, and it will certainly play a major role in next year's House races.  Republicans say that since the law is unpopular, their repeal message must be a winner for them.  Dems allow the law is unpopular …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
The Times Isn't for Sale, Its Publisher Declares  —  After a week in which both The Boston Globe and The Washington Post were purchased by new owners, the publisher of The New York Times emphatically declared Wednesday night that the publication was not for sale.
Politico:
Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan headline Koch summit  —  Rep. Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez secretly spoke to wealthy donors at the Koch brothers' recently concluded summer gathering on the outskirts of Albuquerque.  —  The 2012 vice presidential candidate …
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Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin: Southern senator called President Obama ‘exotic’ in closed-door meeting  —  U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin provided some behind-the-scenes insight into the partisan animosity that continues to follow Barack Obama in his second term as president.  —  Harkin, a Democrat …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Everlasting Realities of the Bohemian Lifestyle  —  As writers in New York lament the “de-classing of intellectuals,” a reminder that creative types have never had it easy.  —  The Chelsea Hotel in 1978 (AP/G. Paul Burnett)  —  NEW YORK — Is it still possible to be a bohemian in today's New York City …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
Lapdogs at AP dutifully bury Obama's geography gaffe  —  Dude.  Dude.  —  As Twitchy reported, President Barack “57 States” Obama showed off his mad geography skillz last night when he informed Jay Leno that Savannah, Charleston, and Jacksonville are, in fact, Gulf Coast ports.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Bitcoin Clampdown Continues As Federal Judge Says It's A Currency  —  Wikipedia calls Bitcoin a cryptocurrency (a currency that relies on cryptography), but now it's official.  A federal judge in Texas has declared that Bitcoin is a currency and should therefore be regulated just like U.S. dollars or gold.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
White House Seeks a Return to the Housing Status Quo  —  I think the most important part of today's presidential address on housing is, in some ways, this graphic that the White House pushed out on social media today.  Not so much for anything the chart says as for the fact that this is the message the administration wants to push.
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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
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
PPP: Paula Deen More Popular Among Georgia GOP Than Martin Luther King  —  Paula Deen was roundly criticized earlier this summer for her past use of the N-word, but among Georgia Republicans, the embattled celebrity evidently has more fans than America's most beloved civil rights icon.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite, msnbc.com and AL.com
 
 
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Norquist urges GOP leaders to seek one-year delay of ObamaCare
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CNN boss' son quits Cory Booker's startup
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Blake Neff / Ballot Box:
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Ted Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
America's Chronic Overreaction to Terrorism
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