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10:05 AM ET, August 12, 2014

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James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Robin Williams Lived Intensely  —  Robin Williams is dead at 63.  The comedian carried insecurity and self-doubt with contagious intensity.  He was so grandiose and wild that it would've irritated audiences to their cores had his eyes not betrayed an insatiable melancholy, imploring, please, I just want to be liked.
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Los Angeles Times:
Robin Williams dies in apparent suicide; actor, comic was 63  —  Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County.  The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appears to have committed suicide.
TMZ.com:
Robin Williams Dead — Commits Suicide  —  COMMITS SUICIDE  —  BREAKING NEWS  —  Oakland TV station KTVU reported Williams hung himself.  —  Robin Williams has committed suicide.  —  The Oscar-winning actor/comedian killed himself in Tiburon, in Northern California.
Steve Martin / Fox News:
Robin Williams dead at 63 in suspected suicide  —  Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who dazzled in such wide-ranging dramatic and comedic roles as alien, nanny, therapist and cartoon genie during a four-decades long career, was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday.
A. O. Scott / New York Times:
Robin Williams, an Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment  —  Some years ago, at a party at the Cannes Film Festival, I was leaning against a rail watching a fireworks display when I heard a familiar voice behind me.  Or rather, at least a dozen voices, punctuating …
Discussion: The Great Debate
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide
Discussion: Guardian and White House.gov Blog
Alan Duke / CNN:
Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams dead at 63
Discussion: The Raw Story and Booman Tribune
Nicole Sperling / Inside Movies:
Robin Williams dead at 63
Discussion: Gawker, The Raw Story and PoliticusUSA
Agence France-Presse:
Iran backs choice of new Iraq PM, top official says AFP 31 mins ago  —  Tehran (AFP) - Iran, a key ally of Iraq's sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Tuesday it backed the legal process which led to him being replaced, following the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as premier.
Discussion: Guardian
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Inside Obama's Push for Regime Change in Iraq
Discussion: Guardian
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama seeks Iraq regime change
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ‘Horsesh*t’  —  Hillary Clinton and Congressmen alike have called on Obama to arm Syria's rebels.  But the President fumed at lawmakers in a private meeting for suggesting he should've done more.
Rick Manning / The Hill:
More lost emails — When will Democrats have enough?  —  Twenty different Obama administration officials have lost or destroyed a portion of their email traffic.  Email traffic that was, in some cases, under subpoena or in others requested as part of a larger inquiry into the conduct of the executive branch.
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's standing among voters is hurting Democrats, poll finds  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama's Immigration Plan Should Scare Liberals, Too  —  Crossing a Rubicon of presidential authority.  —  Shares  —  The Obama years have taught us the sometimes frightening lesson that our Constitution and legal structure alone don't secure the Republic.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Dana Milbank: Obama vacations as the world burns  —  President Obama must really be teed off.  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid.  —  Dana Milbank writes about political theater in the nation's capital.
Jelani Cobb / New York Times:
Can the G.O.P. Ever Attract Black Voters?  —  STORRS, Conn. — ON the morning of March 6, 1989, students began to gather at a flagpole on the campus of Howard University.  Then they entered the administration building, chained doors shut, locked arms and announced that they would not leave until key demands were met.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Richard Cohen / Investor's Business Daily:
America's Left Slides Down A Slippery Slope In Iraq  —  Two “leading national security organizations” — that's their own designation, in case you're wondering — have condemned President Obama's “return to the battlefield in Iraq.”  —  Their names are a mouthful — the Council for a Livable World …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Gregory's flight to nowhere  —  David Gregory wasn't supposed to host “Meet The Press” on Sunday.  He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
GOP gets hip with Uber  —  Uber, Lyft and Airbnb have become mascots for a Republican Party looking to promote a new brand of free market conservatism while making inroads with young voters.  —  Though the companies were engineered in the Democratic bastion of Silicon Valley …
Julia Lurie / The Atlantic Online:
Why Bottled Water Comes From California, Which Can't Spare Much  —  Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There's a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record.  —  The details of where and how bottling companies get their water …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer  —  At the “The Great Recession—Moving Ahead,” a Conference Sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Finance, Stockholm, Sweden  —  The Great Recession: Moving Ahead  —  The recession that began in the United States in December 2007 ended in June 2009.
 
 
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
When Obama Beat Hillary, We All Lost
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LZ Granderson / CNN:
How many unarmed people have to die?
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Colleen Hanabusa cites ‘irregularities’ in Hawaii vote
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Bombs Over Erbil  —  It was an applause line during almost …
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Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
More Than a Dozen Pulitzer Winners Call on the Justice Dept to End its Pursuit of James Risen
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
String of same-sex marriage rulings broken
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Intel Chief Blasts Obama
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Tom Dougherty / Practical Politicking:
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