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1:05 PM ET, August 17, 2013

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The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Working to Implement the Affordable Care Act  —  WASHINGTON, DC— In this week's address, President Obama said we are on the way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping millions of Americans.  Unfortunately, a group of Republicans in Congress are working …
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CNN:
Obama says Republicans want to ‘confuse people’  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama continued to promote his signature health care reform on Saturday and argued Republicans are trying to “confuse people” about the law.  —  His comments come as some GOP members in Congress have called …
Discussion: Reuters and Connecting.the.Dots
BBC:
Security forces ‘clear Cairo mosque’  —  Egypt's security forces have cleared a Cairo mosque after a long stand-off with Muslim Brotherhood supporters barricaded inside, state media says.  —  All the protesters have now been taken out of the mosque, and many have been arrested, security forces say.
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CNN:
Mosque at center of Egyptian clashes  —  Egypt protests … Cairo (CNN) — Renewed clashes between protesters and security forces at a mosque in central Cairo threatened to pull Egypt into another day of widespread violence on Saturday.  —  The Al-Fateh mosque in Cairo's Ramses Square …
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Taliban demands end to Egypt violence
Fox News:
Egyptian military chief vows to rebuild Coptic Churches
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney aide calls RNC vote to block CNN, NBC from debates ‘bad optics’  —  A top adviser to former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday it was a mistake for the Republican National Committee (RNC) to ban NBC and CNN from hosting debates during the 2016 primaries, saying the unanimous vote would create “bad optics.”
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox TV Studios Won't Produce NBC Hillary Clinton Miniseries (Exclusive)
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Exclusive: RNC Ups Immigration Reform Pressure On Congressional GOP — But Rejects Path To Citizenship
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A professional clown is a serious clown.  —  In “Beyond Good and Evil,” Nietzsche observed that “a man's maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child at play.”  Such might be the credo of the professional clown.  —  Yes, the professional clown.
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
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Judy Quest / CNN:
A real clown wouldn't mock Obama
Discussion: Power Line
Charles A. Kupchan / New York Times:
Democracy in Egypt Can Wait  —  WASHINGTON — THE Egyptian military's bloody crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood is yet another sign of the dark side of the Arab awakening.  Across the Middle East, glimmerings of democracy are being snuffed out by political turmoil and violence.
Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Suspends the Law.  What Would Lincoln Say?  —  The current president's hero tried to abide by the Constitution and enlist Congress's support.  —  The Obama administration announced last month via blog post that the president was unilaterally suspending ObamaCare's employer mandate—notwithstanding the clear command of the law.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Idiot Big Brother  —  On Thursday, the Washington Post's revelation of thousands upon thousands of National Security Agency violations of both the law and supposed privacy protections included this fascinating detail:  —  A “large number” of Americans had their telephone calls accidentally intercepted …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Texas Police Hit Organic Farm With Massive SWAT Raid  —  A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.  —  Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants …
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Gets Fact Checked By His Own Constituents On Obamacare: ‘Stop Lying!’  —  Things got heated for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) during a town hall question-and-answer session in White Haven, Florida on Thursday.  His constituents called him out over his multiple votes to repeal …
Julian Sanchez / Politico:
Where's the oversight on NSA spying?  —  An explosive Washington Post exposé has revealed that the National Security Agency has trouble following its own lax rules: An internal audit caught 2,776 “compliance incidents” at NSA headquarters alone in a single year …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Watchdogs and Guard Dogs
Blake Neff / Hillicon Valley:
Feinstein: National Security Agency never ‘intentionally abused its authority’
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Brown Cheered in Second Act, at Least So Far  —  LOS ANGELES — When Jerry Brown became governor of California again, three years ago, this state was on a steep decline, crushed by budget deficits, deep spending cuts, governmental paralysis, high unemployment and a collapsing housing market.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Team Hillary assails ‘brazen deceit’ of latest GOP Benghazi claims  —  A spokesman for Hillary Clinton fired back Friday at what it called the “brazen deceit” of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who earlier in the day said the former secretary of State shouted at lawmakers and deliberately lied …
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Dad: Chris Christie pot decision ‘small victory’  —  Brian Wilson, the New Jersey father who confronted Gov. Chris Christie about the state's medical marijuana bill, wasn't impressed by Christie's conditional veto on Friday, calling it a “small victory,” but still “ludicrous.”
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Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Christie supports easing medical marijuana access for sick kids
 
 
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Don't Count On Government to Do Your Saving for You
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Republicans call for Senate passage of ObamaCare delay
Discussion: CNN
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Barack Obama's lost youth
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Eric Stevick / Herald:
Paid signature gatherer accused of faking names
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Legislator Posts Stream Of Racist Tweets
Discussion: Arizona Republic
President Bill Clinton / Clinton Foundation:
AN OPEN LETTER FROM BILL CLINTON
 

 
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