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7:15 PM ET, August 15, 2013

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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Christie raps potential 2016 rivals at Republican confab  —  Follow @politicaltickerFollow @PeterHambyCNN  —  Boston (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie planted himself firmly in the Republican Party's establishment wing Thursday with a pugnacious speech calling on his party to focus …
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2016 President: Republican Outsiders Rising  —  Plus: Could anyone beat Clinton in a primary?  —  Our most recent rating of Republican presidential contenders features a top tier of three notably different candidates: A Midwestern governor (Scott Walker) who is known best by the activists …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin eyed as 2016 GOP debate moderators  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS REPUBLICAN PARTY CNN NBC HILLARY CLINTON RUSH LIMBAUGH 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS  —  The Republican National Committee, already threatening to block CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 primary debates …
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Christie tells RNC: ‘My job is to win’ not debate
Discussion: CNN
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Hastert Rule Writ Large
Discussion: Eschaton
Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN:
First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Politico and Hot Air
Patrick Pexton / City Desk:
Ombo Sauce: Advice for Jeff Bezos From the Post's Former In-House Critic  —  Dear Jeff:  —  Congratulations!  To paraphrase an old Riggs Bank saying, you've just bought the most important media institution in the most important city in the world; don't screw it up.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ex-Washington Post ombudsman: ‘Fire Jennifer Rubin’  —  Patrick Pexton, who served as The Washington Post's ombudsman until March of this year, has written an open letter to incoming Post owner Jeff Bezos in which he calls on him to make editorial page editor Fred Hiatt fire Jennifer Rubin, the paper's conservative columnist.
Discussion: City Desk
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bush daughter: Hillary Clinton should run  —  President George W. Bush's daughter Barbara said she would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.  —  Barbara Bush, 31, called Clinton “unbelievably accomplished” in an upcoming interview with People magazine, saying she wants to see the former first lady mount a campaign.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Non-Clinton Dems ask: Why not me?
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Egyptian Media Creates a U.S. Senator Out of Thin Air  —  Earlier this week, Maurice Bonamigo had strong words for the White House on its Egypt policy.  “The Obama administration failed to assess the situation in Egypt,” Bonamigo told Egypt's flagship English-language media organ, the Egypt Independent.
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New York Times:
Death Toll in Egypt Surpasses 600
Egypt Independent:
Firm action against terror must be taken, Republican senator says
Russell Simmons / Global Grind:
I Get It And I Respect It...The Harriet Tubman Video Has Been Removed.  —  In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I've never taken down a controversial comedian.  When my buddies from the NAACP called and asked me to take down the Harriet Tubman video from the All Def Digital YouTube channel and apologize, I agreed.
Talking Points Memo:
Bryan Fischer: Obama Was Photoshopped Into Bin Laden Situation Room Photo (VIDEO)  —  Conservatives seeking to unveil the transgressions of President Barack Obama's presidency seized upon another target Thursday: the iconic photograph capturing a tense moment in the White House Situation Room …
PARADE Magazine:
Michelle Obama on the Move  —  What will Michelle Obama do next?  In this weekend's issue, Parade talks to the first lady and finds out: She's taking her fight against childhood obesity to the next level, gearing up for parenting teenagers, and admitting she's hit her stride in the White House.
EndPlay / KGTV-TV:
Great-grandmother accuses Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment  —  News conference set for 1:00 pm  —  SAN DIEGO - A great-grandmother will hold a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred early Thursday afternoon, alleging she is a sexual harassment victim of Mayor Bob Filner.
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Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Great-grandmother accuses Bob Filner
TMZ.com:
WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out — I'm Gay  —  WWE superstar Darren Young just dropped a bombshell, telling TMZ, he's gay ... and no, this isn't part of the act.  —  Darren was at LAX Wednesday when we asked whether a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE, and Darren laughed, saying, “Absolutely.
Jason Millman / Politico:
HHS announces Obamacare ‘navigators’  —  More than 100 groups will split $67 million to help people “navigate” the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges — more money than the administration initially said would be available but short of what advocates say will be needed to help people sign up …
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood to get ObamaCare ‘navigator’ funds
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Reporters Laugh When Obama's Spokesman Denies Another ‘End Run’ Around Congress  —  (CNSNews.com) - The White House press corps laughed when President Obama's spokesman on Wednesday said the president, in directing the Federal Communications Commission to raise cell phone taxes to pay …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Study: Journalism grads don't read newspapers, mags, books  —  This could be the final blow to paper and ink news: Reporters graduating out of journalism school and headed to work at newspapers and magazines don't read print media, with over seven of 10 choosing digital news and social media websites instead …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and TheBlaze.com
Wall Street Journal:
Sony Finalizing Online Pay-TV Deal With Viacom  —  Preliminary Agreement Is a Boost for the Japanese Company as It Races to Secure Content Rights  —  By - AMOL SHARMA And - SHALINI RAMACHANDRAN -  —  Sony Corp. has reached a preliminary agreement with Viacom Inc. to carry …
Washington Post:
Editor's note  —  By Washington Post Editors, Published: August 15 at 11:16 am  —  Washington Post Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz: “A few days ago, The Syrian Electronic Army, allegedly, subjected Post newsroom employees to a sophisticated phishing attack to gain password information.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's unconstitutional steps worse than Nixon's  —  President Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency.  Desperation fuels arrogance as, barely 200 days into the 1,462 days of his second term …
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
Q&A: Senator Ron Wyden on NSA Surveillance and Government Transparency  —  'If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever.'  —  Terms like “bulk data collection” and “PRISM” may have only recently entered …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and emptywheel
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Says He is ‘Too Famous,’ Would ‘Overshadow’ This GOP Event  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh responded to the suggestion by some that he, along with conservative radio hosts Mark Levin and Sean Hannity, moderate a radio debate between Republican presidential hopefuls in 2016.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Melinda Beck / Wall Street Journal:
Nurse Practitioners Seek Right To Treat Patients on Their Own
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Amanda Bynes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri legislator files suit to be exempted from contraception mandate in state health plan
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Lesbian couple refused wedding cake files state discrimination complaint
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Andrew Kaczynski:
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Gregory D. Johnsen / The Atlantic Online:
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