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Obama’s campaign slogan is a myth, author says …

It was a familiar refrain during Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign: “Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.”

But author and Atlantic editor Hanna Rosin says, “It’s not true.”

Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that’s not the same as saying “a man and a woman standing next to each other doing the same job for the same number of hours get paid different salaries,” Rosin writes in Slate.

When you restrict the comparison to men and women working 40 hours a week, she says, the gap narrows to 87 percent.

Women gravitate to different professions than men, the largely male professions tend to be higher-paying and more men are in salary-protected union jobs.

If you account for those differences, and then compare a woman and a man doing the same job, the pay gap narrows to 91 percent, Rossin says.

Was Snowden recruited by Russian spies?

Jonathan Foust, a freelance journalist who used to work as a senior intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, wonders whether Wikileaks has been infiltrated by Russian spies. “There are signs that Edward Snowden’s flight to Russia, eventually seeking asylum there, was organized by Russian intelligence. So was his defection a Russian intel op?” Foust asks on medium.com’s War Is Boring blog.

Warzone app

As violence from Syria starts to interrupt everyday life in Lebanon, the  Financial Times reports, a Lebanese entrepreneur has devised a 21st century way for commuters to cope:  an advance-warning app.

Ma2too3a, a crowd-sourced app, takes real-time information from its users about protests, roadblocks, clashes and bombings and feeds it into a map. It’s been downloaded more than 80,000 times.

In Case You Missed It Web Extra‘The Butler’ did it wrong, Reagan historians say

It made President Obama get teary-eyed, Michael Reagan fume, and four historians write a lengthy op-ed in the Washington Post. Read more here.

Excerpts from This Just In for Sept. 3, 2013. This Just In, compiled by M.S. Scully, appears in the A-section of the Tribune-Review on Tuesday and Friday.

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