Today's edition of quick hits:
* According to the White House, the terrorist threat in the Middle East and North Africa is "significant" and "ongoing."
White House calls terror threat 'significant,' 'ongoing'Aug. 5, 201300:24
* More on the threat: "An intercepted electronic communication in which two of al Qaeda's top world leaders agreed they 'wanted to do something big' this past Sunday is what caused the U.S. government to shut nearly two dozen diplomatic posts around the world, according to intelligence sources."
* More from Carney: "As Al Qaeda's core has been diminished through the efforts of the United States and our allies, affiliate organizations, including in particular, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, have strengthened. We have here in Washington have identified AQAP in particular as the dangerous threat."
* A huge media story: "The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world's richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses."
* Iran: "Hassan Rowhani was inaugurated as president of Iran on Sunday, according to local media, following eight years of damaging sanctions and diplomatic wrangling with the West under the leadership of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."
* This'll be interesting: "The White House will announce 'in the coming days' whether President Obama plans to scrap planned bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, press secretary Jay Carney said Monday."
* I wonder who: "An anonymous Republican senator has delayed a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other online messages. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) ... secured unanimous support from Democrats, but at least one Republican objected to the bill."
* What's the House Democrats' strategy on immigration? As Greg Sargent reports, there's some disagreement among members about whether to push a discharge petition.
* Should be a no-brainer: "More than 80 lawmakers have called on the Obama administration to allow gay men to donate blood. The lawmakers say the administration should change what they say is an "outdated" policy." Of the 82 lawmakers who signed the letter, 81 are Democrats.
* And then there were 10: "A tenth woman came forward Sunday to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making an unwanted advance when he asked her for a 'private song.'"
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.