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6:30 PM ET, August 5, 2014


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Evan Perez / CNN:
New leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes  —  (CNN) — The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.
The Huffington Post:
Spy Agency Stole Scoop From Media Outlet And Handed It To The AP  —  WASHINGTON — The Associated Press dropped a significant scoop on Tuesday afternoon, reporting that in the last several years the U.S. government's terrorism watch list has doubled.  —  A few minutes after the AP story …
Dan Witters / Gallup:
Arkansas, Kentucky Report Sharpest Drops in Uninsured Rate  —  Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arkansas and Kentucky lead all other states in the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rate among adult residents since …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
How Much Is Obamacare Raising Your Insurance Rate?  Depends on Which State You Live In.  —  Back in the spring, once it became apparent that enrollment in Obamacare would nearly match or even exceed projections, the law's detractors on the right started coming up with new predictions of doom.
New York Times:
KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier shot a United States Army major general to death and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday.
In Gaza, there is no such thing as ‘innocent civilians’  —  Op-ed: Fighting an enemy state with one hand while supplying food and energy to its residents with the other hand is absurd.  —  Giora Eiland  —  The story we are telling in this conflict is similar to the one we told in Lebanon in 2006.
Discussion: The Dish, Middle East and Israel Matzav
Jimmy Carter / Foreign Policy:
How to Fix It  —  Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas …
Kim Barker / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead  —  Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops.  But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.
ProPublica:   Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants' Pockets
Steve Baldwin /
Can a Third Party be Formed Without Helping Democrats Win?  —  When one speaks with fellow Republicans about the future of the GOP, it is common to receive some negative feedback.  This is because many conservative/libertarian Republicans feel the party has simply not done enough to challenge the Obama agenda.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Conservative Activist Proposes Third Party With Sarah Palin As Its Leader
Discussion: The Raw Story and Shakesville
Adam J. White / Wall Street Journal:
No Need For a Halbig Rehearing  —  The D.C. Circuit's own rules and one of its judges point the way forward for the recent ObamaCare ruling.
NDTV News:
NDTV Exclusive: How Hamas Assembles and Fires Rockets  —  Gaza: In the minutes before the ceasefire kicked in at Gaza this morning, Hamas fired a flurry of rockets towards Israel - 30 according to some counts.  —  Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas …
Washington Post:
A majority of people don't like their own member of Congress.  For the first time ever.  —  House members at home for August recess might want to hide their congressional pins: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a record-high share of Americans disapprove of their own congressman/woman.
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Record month for The Washington Post
Washington Post:
U.S. general killed in Afghanistan was key figure in training effort  —  The U.S. general who was shot and killed in an apparent “insider” attack in Kabul on Tuesday had served in the American military for more than three decades and was a key player in the current U.S. effort to stand up Afghan security forces.
ABC News:
American General Killed in Shooting at Afghan Military Academy
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama Weighing Options to Stop Corporate Tax Flight  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing plans to circumvent Congress and act on its own to curtail tax benefits for United States companies that relocate overseas to lower their tax bills, seeking to stanch a recent wave …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Noisy, Quixotic, Delusional Tea Partiers of August  —  Republican insurgents have caused lots of trouble but won few victories this year.  But GOP incumbents aren't out of danger yet.  —  Remember Chris McDaniel?  Back in May, the Mississippi Republican state senator nearly took out a 36-year incumbent, Senator Thad Cochran.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Rick Perlstein's ‘The Invisible Bridge’ Draws Criticism  —  Rick Perlstein always hoped his book on the rise of Ronald Reagan would set off serious debate among scholars and historians.  Just not this debate.  —  Mr. Perlstein's new 856-page book, “The Invisible Bridge …
James Estrin / New York Times:
Looking for the Enduring Photo in Gaza  —  Tyler Hicks, a New York Times staff photographer, covered Gaza during the first two weeks of the current conflict.  He spoke about that experience in a phone interview with James Estrin.  The conversation has been edited.
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Forecasting President Obama's Final Two Years in Office  —  With the prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate looming, the White House is quietly mulling potential silver linings of such a dynamic during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
Reid Cherlin / Rolling Stone:
The Presidency and the Press  —  The White House distrusts the media …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Slams Boehner Lawsuit: Impeach Instead  —  “My problem with what my party is trying to do to sue is it will cost the taxpayers between two and three million dollars.  Use the Constitution, that's what it is there for.”  —  View Video ›
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mo Brooks Says DREAMers Shouldn't Be Allowed In Military Because They're Not Loyal And Will Have Access To Nukes  —  “I'm gonna have much greater faith in the loyalty of an American citizen than someone who is a citizen of a foreign nation.”  —  View Video ›
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Marcy Oster / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Israel: We caught kidnapper behind murder of the 3 teens
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Conservatives Target Tennessee Justices in Expensive Race
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Middle East Update: U.S. Support for Israel, Hamas Is Stable
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Megyn Kelly: Secret of her success
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: “Fair Number Of People” In House Would Say Obama Is Worthy Of Impeachment
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Will the U.S. Help the Kurds Fight ISIS?
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Michele Bachmann Proposes 100% Tax On Money Sent Home By Immigrants To Stop ‘War That Is Being Waged Against Us’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Rules for the Marijuana Market
Discussion: Firedoglake and Althouse
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
In This City, Car Ownership Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
In Kentucky, Elaine Chao Endures Racist Attacks From Liberals
Discussion: NewsBusters
Kansas showdown: The tea party's last shot
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and ABC News