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Aug 15, 2013
Government Surveillance Spurs Americans to Fight BackBy Dana Priest, Washington Post
At the Pentagon and CIA, they are known as “countermeasures,” the jargony adaptation of Newton’s Third Law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
The U.S. Army in Iraq jammed cellphones to counter deadly roadside bombs triggered by calls.
Osama bin Laden switched to carrier pigeons when spy agencies got good at eavesdropping on al-Qaeda communications.
And Adam Harvey revved up his assembly line to foil — or at least critique — the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records in the name of counterterrorism.Read more
Buffett Raises Stake in GM by 60%By David Shepardson, Detroit News
Billionaire Warren Buffett's investment arm Berkshire Hathaway Inc. boosted its stake in General Motors Co. by 60 percent to 40 million shares, the conglomerate disclosed in a filing early Thursday.Read more
Seib & Wessel: Full Tim Pawlenty InterviewWith David Wessel, Wall Street Journal
In an interview with WSJ's David Wessel, Financial Services Roundtable President and former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty discusses whether the banking sector is primed for another crisis and analyzes how the GOP is placed for the 2016 election.
Aug 14, 2013
4 Militants Linked to Embassy Threat Killed: Senior OfficialBy Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross and Lee Ferran, ABC News
An American drone strike has killed four suspected al Qaeda militants associated with the latest threat that prompted the closing of U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a senior U.S. official.
"We got the operational guys we were after," the official said, referring to the four men killed in Yemen.Read more
Booker, Lonegan win NJ special Senate PrimariesWith John Harwood, CNBC Watch more
The Quiet Gay-Rights Revolution in America's ChurchesBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
For most gay Americans in the 20th century, the church was a place of pain. It cast them out and called them evil. It cleaved them from their families. It condemned their love and denied their souls. In 2004, a president was elected when religious voters surged from their pews to vote against the legal recognition of gay relationships. When it came to gay rights, religion was the enemy.Read more
Team Clinton Not Laughing at Weiner’s ‘Joke’By Jeff Zeleny, ABC News
It was a joke.
That’s how Anthony Weiner described his comment earlier this week that suggested he had inside information into Hillary Clinton’s 2016 plans.Read more
In the Arab World, U.S. is Low on LeverageBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
The "Arab Spring" may not have succeeded in bringing democracy to the Middle East. But it has provided powerful evidence of a different phenomenon: the illusion of U.S. influence over governments we once considered our clients.Read more
Aug 13, 2013
Holder Calls for New Ways of Enforcing Drug LawsWith Pete Williams, NBC News Watch more
World News 8/12: Stop-and-Frisk Policy Ruled UnconstitutionalWith Pierre Thomas, ABC News Watch more
N.S.A. Leaks Make Plan for Cyberdefense UnlikelyBy David E. Sanger, The New York Times
Even while rapidly expanding its electronic surveillance around the world, the National Security Agency has lobbied inside the government to deploy the equivalent of a “Star Wars” defense for America’s computer networks, designed to intercept cyberattacks before they could cripple power plants, banks or financial markets.Read more
Joe Biden’s Going to Iowa, tooBy Jeff Zeleny, ABC News
With all the talk of Hillary Clinton’s political ambitions in the air, Vice President Joe Biden isn’t being outdone: He’s now speaking at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry in Iowa next month, ABC News has learned.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is already the marquee speaker for the Sept. 15 event, but Biden will deliver a speech after Castro. It was Biden’s idea to attend, people with knowledge of the event said, and he raised it with Harkin.Read more
Orr to Name Group to Oversee Grants as Detroit Gears up for More Fed FundsBy David Shepherdson, The Detroit News
Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is working to hire a group to oversee the city’s federal grant money, while federal officials are looking at ways to offer additional aid to the city through grant programs.Read more
Aug 12, 2013
Holder: Some drug Offenders Shouldn't Face Mandatory Minimum SentencesBy Pete Williams, NBC News
Attorney General Eric Holder is directing federal prosecutors to change they way they file charges for some drug crimes, to reduce the number of convictions for offenses that carry inflexible, mandatory minimum sentences.Read more
Obama Assures Disabled Veterans They Will Get AidBy Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
President Obama on Saturday assured thousands of disabled veterans meeting here that while the war in Afghanistan was ending, like the one in Iraq before it, the work of helping the wounded warriors of those conflicts “has only just begun.”Read more
Will Hillary Clinton Be Ready in 2016?By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
It’s August 2013. What better time to talk about 2016?
At this point, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been awarded the Democratic nomination virtually by default and declared the clear favorite to win the general election against her as yet unknown Republican opponent. That’s an overstatement, of course, but just barely.Read more
Are Seniors Souring on the Republican Party?By Molly Ball, The Atlantic
As bad as things get for Republicans -- with women, with minorities, with youths -- there's always been one group they can count on: the old. But now one Democratic pollster sees evidence that even seniors are starting to turn on the GOP.Read more
Why the World Bank Is Taking On Climate ChangeBy Coral Davenport, National Journal
The World Bank, headquartered a block from the White House, was founded after World War II to combat global poverty. But over the past year, fighting climate change has become the bank's new guiding principal, as economic evidence indicates that global warming will be a driving cause of poverty worldwide in the 21st century. The bank has become a big player in climate policy, investing billions annually into climate-related programs—and blocking money from projects such as coal-fired power plants. In a November report, the bank detailed the devastating economic consequences of a global annual temperature increase of 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100. In a June study, the bank projected that due to climate change, by the 2030s African countries could lose up 80 percent of cropland and major portions of Bangkok and Vietnam could be flooded. National Journal spoke with Rachel Kyte, the bank's vice president of sustainable development, about the economic impact of climate change.
NJ: Why is the World Bank now putting so much emphasis on climate change?
Kyte: We've come to the realization that we cannot achieve our mission, which is to end poverty, unless we slow the rate of climate change. Climate science now shows that we're on course for a 4-degree [Celsius] temperature rise by 2100, that we're going to be 2 degrees warmer by the 2030s. And that's going to have devastating effects on food production, how livable cities are.... It's going to be extraordinarily difficult for the poor, who are the least resilient, to be part of the growth and opportunity story over the next few decades if climate change is unabated.Read more
Aug 09, 2013
Obama to Meet the Press Friday Ahead of VacationBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
Sure, President Obama recently fielded questions from local TV anchors, Latino television interviewers, Jay Leno, The New York Times, and inquisitors using Zillow, the real estate website. But on Friday afternoon, he’ll also answer questions from the White House press corps during what for him is an infrequent solo press conference in the East Room.Read more
Departure of GOP Operatives Could Imperil Debt-Limit TalksBy Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
With another showdown looming over the national debt, Washington insiders last month received some unsettling news: Rohit Kumar, a Republican aide who has played a key role in warding off disaster, is leaving Capitol Hill.Read more