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12:50 PM ET, August 12, 2013

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Maria Sudekum / Associated Press:
Missouri Fair clown draws criticism for Obama mask  —  You are here  —  Home » Barack Obama » Missouri Fair clown draws criticism for Obama mask  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend …
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Dana Loesch / RedState:
Clown Dresses As Obama At MO State Fair, Democrats Cry “Racism®” *UPDATED  —  A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair over the weekend donned an Obama mask instead of typical clown fare.  The clown, a participant in the fair and not officially representative of the fair …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Missouri State Fair apologizes after rodeo clown mocks Obama
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and The Week
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama Rodeo Mask Is ‘Racist’ But Decapitated George Bush Head on a Pike Was Funny
Discussion: Hypocrisy-Now!
Yael T. Abouhalkah / Kansas City Star:
Shameful Missouri State Fair stunt smears Obama
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences  —  WASHINGTON — In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration will move on Monday to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors to omit listing quantities of illegal substances in indictments …
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Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Eric Holder Owes the American People an Apology  —  The Justice Department made a long-overdue disclosure late Friday: Last year when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder boasted about the successes that a high-profile task force racked up pursuing mortgage fraud, the numbers he trumpeted were grossly overstated.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
‘Mandatory minimum’ sentences to end for many drug offenders
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TalkLeft
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Holder to scale back tough sentences for low-level drug crimes
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violated Rights, Judge Rules  —  In a repudiation of a major element in the Bloomberg administration's crime-fighting legacy, a federal judge has found that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands …
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CBS News:
NYC stop-and-frisk policy violates constitutional rights, federal judge rules
Discussion: Post Politics and National Review
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
US Judge Orders NYPD Stop-Frisk Monitor
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Jill Colvin / Politicker:
Anthony Weiner Releases First TV Ad  —  A scene from Anthony Weiner's first ad.  —  Mayoral contender Anthony Weiner is set to hit the airwaves Monday with his first televised ad, which he sent out to his supporters early this morning.  —  “Our campaign has had policy speeches, idea books and lots of community meetings.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and msnbc.com
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Weiner's first TV ad: ‘Powerful voices’ against him
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Weiner unveils first TV ad, vowing to fight ‘powerful voices’
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Budget Sequester Is a Success  —  The Obama spending blitz is over and the deficit is heading below 4% of GDP.  —  The biggest underreported story out of Washington this year is that the federal budget is shrinking and much more than anyone in either party expected.
Politico:
Next fiscal fight: Why Wall Street should worry  —  NEW YORK — Talk to anyone on Wall Street and they will tell you they really don't care about the brewing fiscal storm in Washington.  Possible government shutdown?  Whatever.  Debt ceiling crisis?  Meh.
Discussion: Business Insider
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Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Lofty goals for McConnell, Paul alliance
Discussion: Ballot Box
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Milton Friedman, Unperson  —  Recently Senator Rand Paul, potential presidential candidate and self-proclaimed expert on monetary issues, sat down for an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.  It didn't go too well.  For example, Mr. Paul talked about America running “a trillion-dollar deficit every year” …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Rep. McCaul says Obama now trying to ‘salvage’ NSA program  —  The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said on Sunday that President Obama has inadequately explained the National Security Agency's (NSA) controversial telephone surveillance program.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
Former Ron Wyden aide challenges Obama's surveillance claims
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and The Raw Story
Anthony Breznican / Inside Movies:
‘The Day the Clown Cried’: New video surfaces from famed (and shamed) Jerry Lewis Holocaust film  —  This is making-of footage from a film that will never-be.  —  The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama directed and starring Jerry Lewis that was famously decried for its bad taste before ever being released.
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home  —  When President Barack Obama goes on holiday to the seaside things can get complicated.  —  Bo, the US First Family's waterdog, gets off the Marine helicopter at Martha's Vineyard  —  Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Nudge off!  —  Why czars of suggestion — Eat better!  Exercise more!  Save don't spend! — are doomed to inevitable failure  —  Unemployed?  Underemployed?  Working the register at Denny's when you used to be on the management track?  Just been informed you'll be one of the ObamaCare …
WBIR-TV:
Tennessee Judge orders baby's name be changed from ‘Messiah’  —  Jaleesa Martin and the father of Messiah could not agree on a last name, which is how they ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday.  —  That is when the first name came into question.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: We Probably Have The Votes To Impeach Obama  —  “I'll give you a real frank answer about that: If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it.”  —  youtube.com
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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