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4:45 PM ET, August 8, 2013


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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 …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
McConnell Campaign Manager: I'm ‘Holding My Nose’ Until Rand Paul Campaign (Updated)  —  A man alleged to be the campaign manager for senator Mitch McConnell said earlier this year that he was “sort of holding [his] nose” to work for the Kentucky Republican for the next two years.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Campaign Manager: 'I'm Sorta Holding My Nose For Two Years' (AUDIO)  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) campaign manager said he's begrudgingly working in his current capacity to help the presidential prospects of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), according to an explosive phone recording that surfaced Thursday.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Impolitic
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Blog: Benton ‘holding his nose’  —  Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, told an Iowa conservative activist in January that he is “sort of holding my nose for two years” working for McConnell to benefit Rand Paul in 2016, according to a recording of their phone call posted Thursday.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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
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?
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 …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Pro-Hillary Clinton Efforts Whir to Life with Iowa Campaigning  —  Friday morning, as Washington slumbers through recess and public attention even in Iowa is far from presidential politics, a group of Democratic activists and office-holders will gather in Des Moines to discuss a topic …
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Bury the Hillary movies
Discussion: Politico
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 Moderate Voice
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
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
Friends who witnessed Tasering of Beach teen offer disturbing details  —  At just 17, Israel Hernández-Llach was already an award-winning artist, on the threshold of acclaim in Miami Beach art circles.  He was a sculptor, painter, writer and photographer whose craft was inspired …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Guardian
Lindsay Dunsmuir / Reuters:
Many Americans have no friends of another race: poll  —  (Reuters) - About 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll.  —  The figures highlight how segregated …
Discussion: Yahoo! News,, Jezebel and Gawker
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Obama to honor Bill Clinton, Oprah with Presidential Medal of Freedom  —  President Obama will present former President Clinton and talk show host Oprah Winfrey with the Presidential Medial Freedom — the nation's highest civilian honor.  —  The award is given to those who made meritorious contributions to the United States.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
One In 25 Americans Was Arrested In 2011  —  We've heard a lot of talk lately about mass incarceration, the stop-and-frisk policies in New York, reforming the drug laws, and mandatory minimum sentencing.  There's also been discussion about over-criminalization — that we have too many laws …
Discussion: The Dish
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Feds indict two Kazakh nationals in Boston Marathon bombing  —  Federal authorities on Thursday indicted two teenagers from Kazakhstan on charges that they obstructed the federal investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.  —  Prosecutors allege that Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov …
Discussion: Politico
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
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
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.
Why Is U.S. Economic Mobility Worse in the South?  —  Americans pride themselves on their intergenerational mobility.  Our nation's exceptionalism is organized around the American dream: No matter where you come from and no matter who your parents are, you can rise to the top of the economic ladder …
Serena Marshall / ABC News:
Republicans May Be Changing Minds on Immigration Reform  —  Immigration reform supporters protest in front of the Cannon House Office Building, August 1, 2013, in Washington.  Photo Credit: Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images  —  Members of Congress have been on recess for only a few days …
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”?
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 …
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Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Secrecy Has Already Corroded Our Democracy in Concrete Ways
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Wall Street Journal:
How the White House is weaseling Congress out of ObamaCare.
Discussion: Hot Air
Greek unemployment hit new record in May of 27.6 percent
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Emily Smith / CNN:
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Darrell Issa's gavel up for grabs as jockeying begins
Discussion: Mashable
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.