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12:05 PM 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.
Discussion: CNN, Guardian and Daily Mail
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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 …
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.
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
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: Instapundit and Booman Tribune
Jim Acosta / CNN:
After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President
Discussion: Politico
Arthur Macmillan / Agence France-Presse:
Iran congratulates Iraq's PM pick, snubs Maliki AFP 1 hr ago  —  Tehran (AFP) - Iran officially ended its long-time allegiance to Iraq's sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday, swinging its support behind newly designated premier Haidar al-Abadi in a congratulatory message.
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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
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Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Police use tear gas on crowd in Ferguson, Mo., protesting teen's death  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — For a third night, summer rage pitted the people of Ferguson against those sworn to protect them.  —  On Saturday, officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Was an Accusation of Plagiarism Really a Political Attack?  —  There aren't too many worse things you can suggest about an author than that his or her work is plagiarized.  It's the book-world equivalent of spreading the word that a financial adviser has cooked the books or that the parish priest has designs on the altar boys.
Discussion: The Dish
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.
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama's Immigration Plan Should Scare Liberals, Too
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.
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.
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.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
ObamaCare premiums slated to rise by an average of 7.5 percent  —  Premiums on ObamaCare's health insurance exchanges will rise by an average of 7.5 percent next year, according to a new analysis.  —  Data compiled by the Health Research Institute (HRI) at PricewaterhouseCoopers found modest changes …
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Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Medicaid Rolls Are Growing Even in States That Rejected Federal Funds
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Adam C. Smith / MiamiHerald.com:
Who is that on anti-Charlie Crist robocall? Charlie Crist
Discussion: RedState
Mike Brown / The Root:
IfTheyGunnedMeDown Shows How Black People Are Portrayed in Mainstream Media
Jessica Valenti / Guardian:
The case for free tampons
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Dish
Robert Wilonsky / Crime Blog:
Man arrested in Far North Dallas shooting faces 7 counts of aggravated assault on public servant
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Michael Gossum / WBKO-TV:
Sen. Rand Paul Responds to Flip-Flopping Criticism
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Richard Cohen / Investor's Business Daily:
America's Left Slides Down A Slippery Slope In Iraq
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Discussion: Power Line, TPNN and Western Journalism
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
DEA IMPROPERLY PAID $854,460 FOR PASSENGER LISTS
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
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
 

 
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