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10:30 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.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide  —  Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning actor, imbuing his performances with wild inventiveness and a kind of manic energy, died on Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco.
A. O. Scott / New York Times:
Robin Williams, an Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment
Discussion: The Great Debate
Steve Martin / Fox News:
Robin Williams dead at 63 in suspected suicide
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
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.
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
When Obama Beat Hillary, We All Lost  —  For journalists, the dog days of August are the worst.  Nothing happens because Congress and the rest of you are all on vacation.  So now is the time for whatever quirky column has been niggling at the back of one's mind, waiting for a break in the news cycle.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jim Acosta / CNN:
After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President  —  Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha's Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday.
Discussion: Politico
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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Politico:   Barack Obama's mixed messages
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
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
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.
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Michael Gossum / WBKO-TV:
Sen. Rand Paul Responds to Flip-Flopping Criticism  —  CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) —  Sen. Rand Paul seems to be everywhere these days, including Iowa where he was just last week.  —  Most recently, he's come under criticism from some for flip-flopping on foreign policy when it comes to aid to Israel.
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
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Angelo Codevilla / The Federalist:
President Rand Paul's Foreign Policy
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Julia Lurie / The Atlantic Online:
Why Bottled Water Comes From California, Which Can't Spare Much
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Intel Chief Blasts Obama
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Tom Dougherty / Practical Politicking:
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