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The morning NOW: 8/05/13

The "specific but maddeningly vague" edition.
/ Source: Now With Alex

The "specific but maddeningly vague" edition.

Let us begin this morning with the best video you are likely to see all week.

Joining Alex on the show today:
John Stanton, Washington Bureau Chief, BuzzFeed (@dcbigjohn)
Maya Wiley, Founder and President, Center for Social Inclusion (@mayawiley)
Benjamin Wallace-Wells, Contributing Editor, New York Magazine (@benwallacewells)
Michael O’Hanlon, Senior fellow and Director of research for the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution, (@MichaelEOHanlon)
Marc Morial, President, National Urban League (@MARCMORIAL)
Chris Russo, Host, SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio (@MadDogUnleashed)

First up, Alex Rodriguez is widely expected to be suspended from baseball today, the very same day he is to make his season debut after returning from the disabled list. Even if you have no particular interest in Alex Rodriguez, or sports at all for that matter, it is worth reading the piece from this weekend about Anthony P. Bosch, “a troubled businessman who had a permanent suntan and a white lab coat with his name embroidered on it — though he had no medical license,” whose sketchy Florida “anti-aging” clinic is at the center of the doping scandal.  Would suspending A-Rod fit the crime? Do the Yankees and the league deserve some of the blame as he’d have us believe?

The State Department’s “specific but maddeningly vague” warning of a terror threat believed to be imminent has led to the decision to close diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa for another week. “It could basically be in Europe, it could be in the United States, it could be a series of combined attacks,” said Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday’s “This Week”. Despite all of the (often legally dubious) measures the government has taken in the years since 9/11, are we any safer than we were, or has al Qaeda simply evolved? What is behind the timing of the warning, and when it is this vague does it accomplish anything beyond eliciting fear? What message are we sending to by closing our embassies? Is it just attempt at CYA in the wake of Benghazi?

Also, a discussion of the future of the voting rights act after the Supreme Court’s recent decision, and the latest on the growing scandal surrounding Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. It all happens at 12pm ET.