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2:05 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’
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?
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
The decline of newspapers has been good for everybody else
Discussion: Washington Wire and New York Post
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.
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 …
Republicans, stick to your principles  —  Editor's note: Craig Shirley is a Ronald Reagan biographer, the first Reagan scholar at the former president's alma mater, Eureka College and president of Shirley & Banister.  Newt Gingrich is the new co-cost of CNN's “Crossfire,” which starts September 16.
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 …
Robert Wenzel /
Jesse Benton on Mitch McConnell: “I'm sorta holding my nose for 2 years”  —  What does Mitch McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton really think about working for the Mitch McConnell re-election campaign?  — has obtained a recording of a phone conversation between Dennis Fusaro …
Mariah Blake / Mother Jones:
George Zimmerman's Biggest Defender: A Racist With a Criminal Past  —  Frank Taaffe, Zimmerman's unofficial media emissary, is a convicted criminal who recently appeared on The White Voice, a virulently racist podcast.  —  Frank Taaffe.  HLN  —  In April 2012, two days before George Zimmerman …
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and Gawker
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”?
Drudge Report:
FOXNEWS SCHEDULE SHAKEUP: MEGYN IN AT 9 PM  —  FOXNEWS is set to make its first primetime schedule change in 10 years, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.  —  Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal.  —  The shock announcement is set for later this month.
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
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 …
Tony Romm / Politico:
Another W.H. privacy meeting today - Blumenthal on FISA court reform - Pai a ‘no’ vote on prison phone order  —  With help from Bobby Cervantes and Alex Byers  —  SIREN: W.H. PRIVACY MEETING, ROUND TWO — The Obama administration convenes another major meeting on surveillance and privacy today …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Verge
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 …
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.
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
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
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Exclusive: Gen. Wesley Clark, 68, dating 30-year-old fashion entrepreneur Shauna Mei  —  Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer
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.
Paul Krugman:
What Janet Yellen — And Everyone Else — Got Wrong  —  Don't worry, this isn't another entry in the Larry/Janet debate, where I've said my piece.  Instead, it's prompted by a nice but I think incomplete analysis by Matt O'Brien of the reasons Janet Yellen underestimated the damage …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Secrecy Has Already Corroded Our Democracy in Concrete Ways
Discussion: Hit & Run and Prairie Weather
Fawn Johnson /
Immigration ‘Plan B’ Focuses on White House
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABC News
Greek unemployment hit new record in May of 27.6 percent
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Darrell Issa's gavel up for grabs as jockeying begins
Discussion: New Republic
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Pete Rouse planning to leave the White House
Discussion: The Fix
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Wendy Davis's Catch-22
New York Times:
Fast-Food Fight  —  The fast-food workers who have been walking off …
Shawn Manning / Washington Post:
The Fort Hood attack was terrorism. The Army should call it that.
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Everlasting Realities of the Bohemian Lifestyle
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Caroline Baum / Bloomberg:
A User's Guide to Obama's Inside-Out Economics