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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
The decline of newspapers has been good for everybody else
Discussion: Washington Wire and New York Post
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
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”?
TIME:
Why Ted Cruz Thinks the Media Gets Conservatism Wrong  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz talks to TIME about Barack Obama, foreign policy and his spats with fellow Republicans  —  By Alex Altman @aaltman82Aug.  08, 2013  —  U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, right, talks with Republican Party …
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Pete Rouse planning to leave the White House  —  Pete Rouse, a former White House chief of staff and arguably President Barack Obama's most-trusted West Wing adviser, has told friends he will be leaving the administration this fall, people with knowledge of the situation tell POLITICO.
Discussion: The Fix
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Zillow lists White House for $319 million
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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
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 …
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 and Post Politics
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Darrell Issa's gavel up for grabs as jockeying begins  —  Call them the Darrell Issa wannabes.  —  About a half-dozen lawmakers are jockeying for the gavel of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, trying to prove to their colleagues that they have the chops to probe …
Discussion: New Republic
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later  —  Henrietta Lacks was only 31 when she died of cervical cancer in 1951 in a Baltimore hospital.  Not long before her death, doctors removed some of her tumor cells.  They later discovered that the cells could thrive in a lab, a feat no human cells had achieved before.
Discussion: The Agonist, The Verge and Voices
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.
New York Times:
Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks  —  The number of New York students passing state reading and math exams dropped drastically this year, education officials reported on Wednesday, unsettling parents, principals and teachers and posing new challenges to a national effort to toughen academic standards.
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.
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
 
 
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Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Wendy Davis's Catch-22
Reuters:
Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support - sources
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Norquist urges GOP leaders to seek one-year delay of ObamaCare
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
Behind the Middle-Class Funk
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Primack / Fortune:
CNN boss' son quits Cory Booker's startup
Discussion: Quartz, Gawker and New York Times
Will Ripley / KUSA-TV:
Castle Rock apartment tenants told they must get rid of their guns
Discussion: protein wisdom
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
White House Seeks a Return to the Housing Status Quo
Blake Neff / Ballot Box:
Christie surges in New Hampshire
Discussion: Politico and Reuters