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5:15 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
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Same-Sex Married Couples To Get Federal Tax Recognition Regardless Of State  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that when it comes to taxes, it will recognize same-sex couples' marriages even if they live in a state that does not.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
I.R.S. to Recognize All Gay Marriages, Regardless of State  —  WASHINGTON — All legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes, regardless of whether the state where they live recognizes the marriage, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
Zoe Schlanger / Talking Points Memo:
Federal Tax System Will Recognize Married Gay Couples Even If Their States Do Not
Discussion: Rumproast
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
Discussion: AL.com
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Justice Department eases rules on marijuana enforcement
Discussion: Politico
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect
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
Discussion: Reuters, Hullabaloo and AEIdeas
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama Refused to Send Gas Masks to Syrian Opposition for Over a Year
Discussion: Post Politics
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Chemical weapons a game-changer on U.S. public opinion on Syria
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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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
Washington Post:
Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA positions itself to support Hillary Clinton
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.
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 …
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 and CNN
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. …
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Clinton's line was true: The sad facts about assault weapons and voting  —  At the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington yesterday afternoon, former President Bill Clinton delivered not just one of the best lines of the day, but one of the best lines of the debate …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite and The Fix
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Gun Bill in Missouri Would Test Limits in Nullifying U.S. Law  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Unless a handful of wavering Democrats change their minds, the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature is expected to enact a statute next month nullifying all federal gun laws in the state and making …
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 …
 
 
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Investigations / NBCNews:
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Yahoo! News:
Eliot Spitzer loses advantage in bid for political comeback: poll
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and Politico
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
Rich Yeselson / Politico:
Bill de Blasio's America
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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Gregg Zoroya / Associated Press:
Military civilian medical workers quit after furloughs
Discussion: WJLA-TV and Defense One
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
FBI arrests man accused of threatening to behead lawmaker
Reuters:
U.S. fast-food workers plan nationwide strikes over wages
Discussion: Firedoglake and Joe. My. God.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama is talking America into a war