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Obama Discusses His Birthday, U.S. History of Torturing Folks—THE EDGE

By Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) and Marina Koren (@marinakoren)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: A cease-fire in Gaza brokered by the U.S. and U.N. fell apart after barely two hours. House Republicans stayed behind to work on border crisis legislation as most of their colleagues fled the capital for the August recess. President Obama gave a lengthy press conference that covered everything that's not working in Washington—and the rest of the world. August began.

 

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'WE TORTURED SOME FOLKS.' The president touched on a seemingly endless number of topics at his Friday afternoon press conference, including his birthday. Here's what you need to know, from your Edge friends. PLUS: Obama said he has "full confidence" in CIA Director John Brennan, despite the spy agency's admission this week it snooped on computers used by Senate Intel staffers.

CEASE-FIRE QUICKLY CEASES. A U.S.-U.N. brokered cease-fire collapsed just hours after it began Friday, and Palestinian militants may have a captured Israeli soldier. (Live updates from Haaretz)

HOUSE REPUBLICANS STICKING AROUND TO VOTE. After pulling a vote on emergency border funding Thursday, the new House Republican leadership is keeping members in D.C. to take a vote on a reworked package, possibly tonight. (Alberta and House, National Journal)

 

JULY JOBS REPORT TAKEAWAY. The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.2 percent. Here's the report in pretty charts. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)

THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday—talk shows. Hillary Clinton joins Univision's Al Punto. Sen. Marco Rubio will appear on Fox News Sunday, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry on CNN's State of the Union. Dr. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, will be on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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RICK PERRY WANTS TO BE FRIENDS WITH ELON MUSK. But the Tesla CEO isn't sure Texas is right for all of his brilliant creations. (John McDuling, Quartz)

WHAT WILL THE SENATE TORTURE REPORT ACTUALLY SAY? Unlike Obama, it won't explicitly use the word "torture." But it will show abuse that is "horrific, systematic, and widespread." (Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast)

 

OBAMA REFLECTS ON AMERICA'S WANING INFLUENCE. In a candid five-paragraph essay, the president addressed the country's inability to effect change around the world. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

IT'S BAD TO HAVE CHOICES. We simply can't handle the stress, even when the options are good. (Maria Konnikova, New Yorker)

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THE UKRAINE CRISIS EXPLAINED. It's summer recess, so it's finally time to actually understand what is going on in Ukraine. The entire story, as told by GIFs and policy papers from esteemed political institutions. (Clickhole)

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'WE TORTURED SOME FOLKS' AGAIN, THIS TIME ON LOOP. Here's the sound bite from Obama's remarks on the state of post-9/11 America, which earned a lot of tweets and one CNN chyron. (Shaw, BuzzFeed) BONUS: Vox explains the significance of Obama's off-hand use of "torture."

CONGRESS FINALLY GETS A BREAK. For five weeks. But Seth Meyers is confident lawmakers are already comfortable with doing nothing. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

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The day's action in one quick read."

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