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3:55 PM ET, August 13, 2014

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Roger Simon / Politico:
Hillary Clinton not comfortable in her own skin  —  Hillary Clinton walks through a paneled doorway and onto the set of “The Colbert Report.”  A grin splits her face.  She puts her arms out and rocks them up and down as if she were a mechanical toy.  —  Stephen Colbert is stunned.  Shocked.
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Photos of Rand Paul at party in the Hamptons catch Iowans' attention  —  The Republican potential presidential candidate said he had to miss a Christian conservative event in Iowa because of a family commitment  —  An Iowa evangelical Christian leader stood on stage and told the 1,200 conservatives …
Amanda Gordon / Bloomberg:
Hamptons Scene: Rand Paul Reads; Motherwell Quonset Huts  —  Senator Rand Paul hit a fundraiser in East Hampton Saturday night — for the public library, not his own coffers.  —  “We have some friends up here,” the Kentucky Republican said of his visit to the resort area …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
It's the Loyalty, Stupid
James Bamford / Wired:
PLATON  —  I am staying at the Hotel Metropol, a whimsical sand-colored monument to pre-revolutionary art nouveau.  Built during the time of Czar Nicholas II, it later became the Second House of the Soviets after the Bolsheviks took over in 1917.  In the restaurant, Lenin would harangue …
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Tony Stewart / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
UNEASY NIGHT: A police shooting, more tear gas in Ferguson  —  At about 1 a.m., a St. Louis County Police officer shot and critically wounded a man who police said pointed a handgun at the officer near the intersection of West Florissant and Chambers Road.  —  The shooting happened near Chambers …
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Greg Howard / The Concourse:
America Is Not For Black People  —  The United States of America is not for black people.  We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us.  Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man …
Rick Daysog / Hawaii News Now:
Hanabusa to sue Office of Elections to push back Puna election date  —  With power and communications still out in some Puna neighborhoods, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa says that now is not the time to hold an election.  —  Hanabusa, who trails Sen. Brian Schatz by 1,600 votes …
Discussion: Hawaii Reporter and Civil Beat
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:   Rep. Hanabusa To File Lawsuit To Delay Friday Senate Special Election
New York Times:
U.S. Could Use Ground Troops to Aid Rescue of Iraq Refugees  —  EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A senior White House official said on Wednesday that the United States would consider using American ground troops to assist Iraqis in rescuing Yazidi refugees if recommended by military advisers assessing the situation.
David Weigel / Slate:
Calling All Sad Clowns  —  I put a disclaimer at the front of my Robin Williams post today, cautioning that my very quick look at the guy's political comedy was a sidebar of a sidebar.  Despite that, I've gotten some irritated email and tweets asking why I wrote a “takedown” of a dead guy and “politicized” his death.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Libertarians Snookered The New York Times Magazine  —  Anatomy of a journalistic train wreck.  —  Shares  —  The premise underpinning Robert Draper's New York Times Magazine cover story on the “Libertarian Moment” is that libertarians offer the cure for the Republican Party's political difficulties.
Enid Nemy / New York Times:
Lauren Bacall Dies at 89; in a Bygone Hollywood, She Purred Every Word  —  Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood's golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau in American culture that few stars reach, died on Tuesday in New York.
Allan J. Lichtman / The Hill:
Who rules America?  —  A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country.  The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
WPXI-TV:
Detective: Murder suspect asked Siri how to hide body  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  New evidence presented Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing his roommate showed he apparently asked Siri on his iPhone, “I need to hide my roommate.”  —  Pedro Bravo is accused of killing University …
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James Vincent / The Independent:
Florida man accused of killing his roommate asked Siri where to hide the body, court hears
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Childhood Lead Exposure Causes a Lot More Than Just a Rise in Violent Crime  —  Jessica Wolpaw Reyes has a new paper out that investigates the link between childhood lead exposure—mostly via tailpipe emissions of leaded gasoline—and violent crime.  Unsurprisingly, since her previous research …
Your4State.com:
Father Shoots Teen Daughter Mistaken for Intruder  — Many buy guns to protect themselves against crime, but for one father in Frederick County a split decision to use his gun backfired after he accidentally shot his 16-year-old daughter.  —  “[A] male subject stated …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
A charged-up Rick Perry after his Iowa State Fair speech: 'I'm awesome'  —  Rick Perry admits he's preparing to possibly run for president, even if Iowans haven't forgotten his forgetfulness.  —  And at the Iowa State Fair today, the Texas governor couldn't walk 10 feet without someone gunning for his attention.
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Bipartisan support for Iraq air strikes  —  Most Americans, regardless of politicial affiliation, approve of President Obama's recent decision to launch airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq  —  As the US air campaign in Iraq enters its fifth day the American bombing campaign looks set …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hot Air and New York Times
 
 
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Fox doc steps up FLOTUS grilling
Discussion: Mediaite
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Sen. Franken's Re-Election Bid Gets Hollywood Boost
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Senate Dems' Campaign Arms Starts $9M Ad Buy in NC
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Defense Secretary: ‘The World is Exploding All Over’
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Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
What Would Happen If Someone Got Ebola in America?
Discussion: Forbes
Adrienne Moore / WJXT-TV:
Fired Duval County teacher could be reinstated
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Hollywood tries to save Senate for Dems
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