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1:25 PM ET, August 8, 2013


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.S.  —  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.
Julia Ioffe / New Republic:
Dear Lawrence O'Donnell, Don't Mansplain to Me About Russia  —  Tonight, I went on Lawrence O'Donnell's show, and Lawrence O'Donnell yelled at me.  Or, rather, he O'Reilly'd at me.  That O'Donnell interrupted and harangued and mansplained and was generally an angry grandpa at me is not what I take issue with, however.
Putin will not ‘cave’ to Obama pressure: Snowden's father
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republicans blast Obama on Russia
Discussion: Politico, The Week and The Hill
Tal Kopan / Politico:   Edward Snowden's dad: Putin will not ‘cave’
Dr. Sanjay Gupta / CNN:
Why I changed my mind on weed  —  (CNN) — Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called “Weed.”  The title “Weed” may sound cavalier, but the content is not.  —  I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients.
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Picking A Losing Battle To Win the War  —  There's a fascinating column penned by Craig Shirley (one of the keepers of the Gipper's flame) and Newt Gingrich up at that analogizes the recent state of the Republican Party to that which existed after Richard Nixon's resignation …
CNN:   Republicans, stick to your principles
David Plotz / Slate:
Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington's NFL team as the Redskins. … - - Tweet - - … Click here to load comments.  — Flight Delays Don't Have to Ruin Your Trip.  Here's How to Game the System.  - Why Do People Love Correcting Other People's Grammar?
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air, FishbowlDC and Poynter
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
The decline of newspapers has been good for everybody else
Discussion: Washington Wire and New York Post
And Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Al Qaeda has ‘developed liquid explosives which blow up when dry prompting US evacuation of Yemen’  —  Al Qaeda terrorists could try to bring down planes using an undetectable explosive soaked into their clothes, officials fear.  —  The organisation's bomb-makers are reportedly developing …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Suspected US drone kills 6 militants in Yemen
Judith Warner / New York Times:
The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In  —  Sheilah O'Donnel tells herself that her new home, a townhouse in a development in Chevy Chase, Md., just a stone's throw from a Safeway, isn't really all that bad.  Sure, it's near a gas station.  And the front window, with its cheerily upholstered cushions, overlooks a dreary parking lot.
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”?
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.
New York Post:
CNN President Jeff Zucker's teenage son resigns from cushy consulting gig as ‘millennial adviser’ at Cory Booker start-up Waywire - Twitter critics blast hire as ‘gross nepotism alert’  —  He isn't even old enough to drive — but CNN President Jeff Zucker's teenage son has already resigned …
Discussion: Politico, Hullabaloo and New York Times
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown: 'We're going to talk' … By:  —  Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown played it coy yesterday when asked if he's running for governor, saying “there's nothing wrong with a primary” — and setting the stage for a possible showdown with fellow GOP power­house Charlie Baker.
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
Everybody's Racist!  —  I am back in Singapore, but my lovely husband came with me and the girls on our trip to Bluffton, South Carolina to see my dad, at my childhood home.  We stayed just over the bridge in Savannah, about 30 minutes drive away.  It makes me so happy to go and sit at the top …
Joyce M. Rosenberg / Associated Press:
Family insurance in jeopardy at small companies  —  NEW YORK (AP) — One casualty of the new health care law may be paid coverage for families of people who work for small businesses.  —  Insurance companies have already warned small business customers that premiums could rise 20 percent or more in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Wall Street Journal:
How the White House is weaseling Congress out of ObamaCare.  —  The White House on Wednesday released the legal details behind its ObamaCare bailout for Members of Congress and their staffs, and if anything this rescue is worse than last week's leaks suggested: Illegal dispensations for the ruling class …
Discussion: Hot Air
Emily Smith / CNN:
Man torches $400 million nuke sub; Navy's budget struggles for air  —  The end of the USS Miami  —  (CNN) — Casey James Fury simply didn't want to be at work, and in the process cost the Navy nearly a half-billion dollars and one attack submarine.  —  Fury admitted to setting fire to the USS Miami …
Fawn Johnson /
Immigration ‘Plan B’ Focuses on White House  —  Immigration-reform activists aren't supposed to talk publicly about a “Plan B.”  They can't, or won't, answer questions from the media about what they will do if no bill passes this year to legalize the undocumented population.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABC 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.
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.
Vindu Goel / NYT Bits:
YouTube's Founders Challenge Vine and Instagram with New Video App  —  After months of teasing, the wait is over: Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who brought us the video-sharing site YouTube, are taking the wraps off their newest project, a video creation app called MixBit.
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.
Greek unemployment hit new record in May of 27.6 percent  —  (Reuters) - Greece's jobless rate hit a new record high of 27.6 percent in May, official national data showed on Thursday as the country staggers under austerity linked to its international bailout.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
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Mariah Blake / Mother Jones:
George Zimmerman's Biggest Defender: A Racist With a Criminal Past
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and Gawker
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Secrecy Has Already Corroded Our Democracy in Concrete Ways
Discussion: Hit & Run and Prairie Weather
Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Darrell Issa's gavel up for grabs as jockeying begins
Discussion: New Republic
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Pete Rouse planning to leave the White House
Discussion: The Fix and Taegan Goddard's …
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later
Discussion: The Verge, The Agonist and Voices
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Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Wendy Davis's Catch-22
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Everlasting Realities of the Bohemian Lifestyle
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William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
Behind the Middle-Class Funk