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6:20 PM ET, August 29, 2013

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Telegraph:
Kim Jong-un's ex-lover ‘executed by firing squad’  —  Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad nine days go, according to South Korean reports.  —  Hyon Song-wol, a singer and rumoured to be a former lover of the North Korean leader …
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Digital Chosunilbo:
Kim Jong-un's Ex-Girlfriend ‘Shot by Firing Squad’  —  Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, reports said Wednesday.  —  Sources in China said singer Hyon Song-wol as well as Mun Kyong-jin …
Joe Kemp / NY Daily News:
Ex-girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed by firing squad: report  —  Hyon Song-wol, a well-known pop artist and longtime girlfriend of the dictator, was one of a dozen performers gunned after they were arrested for allegedly breaking pornography laws, according to a report.
Fox News:
Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend reportedly executed by firing squad
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Washington Post:
U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary  —  U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats …
The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana …
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Evan Perez / CNN:
No federal challenge to pot legalization in 2 states  —  Washington (CNN) — The Justice Department said it won't try to block state laws that legalize marijuana and issued loosened enforcement guidelines for federal prosecutors intended to focus on serious trafficking cases.
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Justice Department eases rules on marijuana enforcement
Discussion: Politico and The Democratic Daily
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect
Ashley Southall / New York Times:   U.S. Says It Won't Sue to Undo State Marijuana Laws
Associated Press:
AP SOURCES: INTELLIGENCE ON WEAPONS NO ‘SLAM DUNK’  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack …
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Jim VandeHei / Politico:
The ironic war plan  —  Imagine Dick Cheney in a “Saturday Night Live” skit fantasizing about Barack Obama handling the pressures of going to war.  —  Cheney's sitting there, yucking it up with Rummy and the boys, eating yellow cake.  He laughs off his own reckless rush to an unwinnable war fought on flawed grounds.
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama Refused to Send Gas Masks to Syrian Opposition for Over a Year
Discussion: Post Politics
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Reinforce a Norm in Syria
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
OBAMA OFFERS NEW GUN CONTROL STEPS  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Obama offers new gun control steps  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control …
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Washington Post:
Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA positions itself to support Hillary Clinton
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
NRA Slams New Obama Executive Orders On Guns
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
White House announces new action on gun control
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes  —  Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) …
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Allison Benedikt / Slate:
If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person  —  A manifesto.  —  You are a bad person if you send your children to private school.  Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation's-most- essential-institutions-in-order-to-get- what's-best-for-your-kid bad.
Clara Ritger / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's Affordable Care Act Looking a Bit Unaffordable  —  Independent National Journal analysis finds premiums higher under Obamacare as employers weigh dropping coverage.  —  Republicans have long blamed President Obama's signature health care initiative for increasing insurance costs, dubbing it the “Unaffordable Care Act.”
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
No widespread premium increases coming under ObamaCare, study says
Discussion: Washington Monthly, NPR and CNN
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Stan Solomon: Trayvon Martin Deserved To Die And So Does ‘That Faggot’ Dan Savage  —  Conservative talk show host Stan Solomon is obsessed with the idea that President Obama is fomenting a race war in order to murder white, Christian heterosexuals, so when we noticed he was hosting a special …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Cory Booker's Imaginary Friend  —  Go back and listen to Cory Booker's stump speeches over the years, and, as in those of any politician, you'll hear many of the same stories.  But Booker's are more dramatic and heart-rending than most.  They draw heavily on his experiences in Newark, N.J. …
Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times:
National fast-food wage protests kick off in New York  —  NEW YORK — Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald's in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union.
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Reuters:
U.S. fast-food workers plan nationwide strikes over wages
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Firedoglake
Yahoo! News:
Eliot Spitzer loses advantage in bid for political comeback: poll  —  NEW YORK — Eliot Spitzer's commanding lead in the race for city comptroller has vanished, according to a new poll.  —  A Quinnipiac University survey released on Thursday found the former New York governor tied with rival Scott Stringer …
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Spitzer's lead vanishes in New York City poll
Discussion: Newsday, Politico and Ballot Box
Douglas McIntire / Bangor Daily News:
Sabattus man says ‘shoot’ posting wasn't a threat against Obama, defends using racial slur  —  SABATTUS, Maine — David Marsters said Tuesday night that the wording of his Facebook post was a mistake, but he defended it, anyway.  —  “(The Secret Service) didn't see no pictures of Obama with bullet holes in his head,” Marsters said.
 
 
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
FBI arrests man who allegedly threatened to behead Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Investigations / NBCNews:
Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Clinton's line was true: The sad facts about assault weapons and voting
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite and The Fix
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Wendy Davis Postpones Announcement on Political Future
Discussion: Post Politics and The Daily Caller
The Atlantic Online:
On the Death of Dreams
Discussion: News Desk and The Dish
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Dubious Data Points For 2016
Discussion: Opinionator and Eschaton
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama is talking America into a war