Morning Must Reads: August 9

In the news: Bradley Manning trial; Chris Christie on gun control; more Al-Qaeda threats; Twitter vs. Obamacare; Sanjay Gupta changes his mind about weed; Blacks more forgiving of Weiner, Spitzer; Eric Cantor a VRA ally

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • During the sentencing phase of Bradley Manning’s court martial, a witness told a military judge Al-Qaeda could have used the leaks against the U.S.
  • State Department warns against travel to Pakistan, removes staff from consulate in Lahore in response to a specific threat. 
  • Libertarian Republican’s argument that national security organizations should be reined in faces new challenges in the wake of the recent Al-Qaeda threats that closed 19 embassies and consulates across the world.
  • Will Gov. Chris Christie’s handling of new gun-control bills in New Jersey hurt his chances at becoming the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee?
  • Twitter is out to destroy Obamacare.
  • Why Dr. Sanjay Gupta changed his mind on legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
  • Blacks in New York more forgiving of Weiner and Spitzer.
  • Eric Cantor will be Democrat’s ally in Voting Rights Act fix.