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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:
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.
John Lewis / Guardian:
Veteran civil rights campaigner praises Snowden's act of ‘civil disobedience’  —  John Lewis, one of America's most revered civil rights leaders, says the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was continuing the tradition of civil disobedience by revealing details of classified US surveillance programs.
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Robert Zubrin / National Review:
Give Snowden Immunity
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hit & Run
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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Patrick Gavin / Politico:
MAD: Obama goes ‘spy vs. spy’
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama reminds Marines of continued al Qaeda threats
Discussion: Politico
Politico:   Jay Leno's interview with President Obama (transcript, video)
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 …
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 …
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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, Hot Air and Doug Ross
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
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
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 …
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.
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Blake Neff / Ballot Box:
Christie surges in New Hampshire
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos's Tool Kit for the Post  —  Amazon Founder Brings Skills in Data Gathering, Software, E-Commerce  —  By - KEACH HAGEY and - GREG BENSINGER -  —  As owner of the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos will have an opportunity to transform how the money-losing newspaper generates revenue …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is Amazon Art a doomed venture? Let's hope so
Discussion: ArtsBeat and The Week
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
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters, Power Line and Hot Air
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Steve King: Belief In Climate Change Is A ‘Religion,’ ‘Not Science’  —  Despite the fact that 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is real, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is insistent that it is “not science” and that environmentalists are missing the potential upsides.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
CNN boss' son quits Cory Booker's startup  —  Why did a tech startup hire the teenage son of a cable news boss?  —  FORTUNE — New Jersey senatorial candidate Cory Booker was “not involved at all” in the addition of Andrew Zucker to the advisory board of a tech startup that Booker co-founded, according to a company spokesperson.
Discussion: Quartz, Gawker and New York Times
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: Mediaite, AL.com, Daily Kos and msnbc.com
 
 
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