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5:05 PM ET, August 12, 2014


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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: No ‘attack’ intended  —  Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Nothing Hillary Clinton is now saying about foreign policy matters  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA MARCO RUBIO HILLARY CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS RAND PAUL STATE DEPARTMENT FOREIGN POLICY  —  Hillary Clinton's recent efforts to distance herself from President Obama's foreign policy …
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
David Axelrod swipes at Hillary Clinton over Iraq
Discussion: National Review
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ‘Horsesh*t’
Jim Acosta / CNN:
After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Trymaine Lee /
Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend's death  —  FERGUSON, Missouri — The last moments of Michael Brown's life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Black lawmakers want DOJ to investigate St. Louis police
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Last Refuge
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.
New York Times:
Times Reporter Is Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash  —  ERBIL, Iraq — A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq's Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Over 4,000 BuzzFeed Posts Have Completely Disappeared  —  You may have heard that BuzzFeed recently landed $50 million in venture capital, with which it hopes to transcend its long-time status as a “content laboratory” for shareable listicles, strange quizzes and LOL-worthy videos.
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Clarifies and Apologizes for Robin Williams ‘Coward’ Remark  —  Last night, Fox News devoted some time to covering Robin Williams' apparent suicide, focusing on the comedian's family life — and, in the middle of it, Shepard Smith described his death as “cowardly”:
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Hey, Eric Holder: Voter ID Isn't Stuck in 1965  —  The AG and his allies have claimed that voter ID laws suppress black votes.  But finally, a North Carolina judge speaks the truth.  —  The middle of August is supposed to usher in the dog days of summer.  But not this year …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
What Taxpayers Pay When Eric Holder Uses Government Jets For Personal Trips
Discussion: Daily Signal
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 …
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.
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel lists own lawyer as irregular vote  —  As Chris McDaniel's team continues to scour voting records to add to an expected legal challenge of his loss to Thad Cochran, it has listed McDaniel's lead lawyer in the challenge, and his wife, as irregular votes that should be tossed out.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Kimmelman / New York Times:
German Artists Say They Put White Flags on Brooklyn Bridge  —  Mystery solved?  I got a call this week from a pair of artists in Berlin who say they were the ones who pulled off the stunt of the summer, hoisting two big all-white American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge last month, swapping them for the usual Stars and Stripes.
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Might Be Why Americans Hate Congress  —  The media's narrative about Congress is clear: It is unproductive, members care only about getting re-elected and they have failed to do their jobs.  —  So it should come as no surprise that Americans believe Congress has been unproductive …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Peter Wood / Minding The Campus:
Campus Activism: the Fight for Imaginary Victories  —  Campus activism is, by and large, the world of make-believe.  Whenever students occupy a president's office, Tinkerbell is not far away.  Whenever faculty demand a boycott, Professor Dumbledore winks at Professor Snape.
Discussion: National Review
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Minnesota Republican Party Official Uses Robin Williams' Death To Boost Candidacy  —  And it didn't get better from there.  —  An official with the Republican Party of Minnesota found himself in hot water Tuesday for using the death of movie star Robin Williams to boost the candidacy …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Koch-linked group cancels Michigan ads  —  A powerfully funded group backed by the conservative Koch brothers has canceled over a million dollars' worth of Michigan ads for the month of August, according to sources tracking the 2014 air war.  —  Freedom Partners, which had booked …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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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L. Brent Bozell III / National Review:
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Byron Tau / Politico:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama expects Supreme Court vacancies
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sulome Anderson / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: FishbowlDC
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
King, Roberts get testy over Iraq
Discussion: Mediaite
Mike Brown / The Root:
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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: The Hill, Politico and Business Insider
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Dana Milbank: Obama vacations as the world burns
Discussion: Althouse
Rick Manning / The Hill:
More lost emails — When will Democrats have enough?
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
GOP gets hip with Uber
Discussion: RedState
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Robin Williams Lived Intensely
Discussion: TIME, and Guardian
Jelani Cobb / New York Times:
Can the G.O.P. Ever Attract Black Voters?