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10:45 AM ET, August 13, 2014

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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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
Robin Williams and the Pop Culture Media  —  RUSH: This is Mark in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Welcome to the program.  Hi.  —  CALLER: Hi, Rush.  You are such a great guy.  I have a question for you about the news about Robin Williams —  RUSH: Before you get to that.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rush Limbaugh Links Robin Williams' Death To ‘Leftist Worldview’
Discussion: Associated Press
Russell Brand / Guardian:
Robin Williams divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Robin Williams In 2002: 'It Is Beyond Global Warming At This Point. It's Cooking!'
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Guardian and The PJ Tatler
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
It's the Loyalty, Stupid  —  WASHINGTON — I talked to Robin Williams once, about breasts.  —  In 1993, when he played a prim British nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” I went to interview him at his Pacific Heights house.  —  “It's great to be this blue-mouthed old lady hitting on somebody,” …
Jesse L. Jackson, Sr / USA Today:
Jesse Jackson: There's a ‘Ferguson’ near you  —  Look around you.  The absence of noise isn't the presence of justice.  —  Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American male in suburban Ferguson, Missouri, who had just graduated from high school and planned to start college …
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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 …
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.
Politico:
Obama and Clinton: The rivalry returns  —  A split between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama was inevitable.  Now that they've made peace, keeping it will be the challenge.  —  The Obama and Clinton camps tried to mend their differences Tuesday, but certain dynamics won't be as easy to overcome …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: No ‘attack’ intended
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.
Discussion: Politico
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:   Rick Perry's Iowa comeback?
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Hollywood tries to save Senate for Dems  —  Hollywood is pouring money into the midterm elections, with A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand all coughing up blockbuster bucks.  —  The donations are largely aimed at keeping the Senate in Democratic hands.
Discussion: Hot Air
Chris Frates / CNN:
Exclusive: Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign flight was charged to taxpayers  —  (CNN) — Sen. Mary Landrieu made headlines last November when she hitched a ride home on Air Force One with President Obama, but chose not to attend his event in New Orleans.  Another lesser-known flight Landrieu took …
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
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
What Would Happen If Someone Got Ebola in America?  —  A secondary infection in the U.S. is highly unlikely.  But here's how the healthcare system would respond if there was one.  —  Let's get one thing straight: You are not going to get Ebola.  Donald Trump is not going to get Ebola.
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Government, Economy, Immigration Are Top U.S. Problems  —  Most Americans list non-economic problems as most important  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans say the government, immigration, and the economy in general are the most important problems currently facing the country.
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
 
 
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
On Immigration, G.O.P. Starts to Embrace Tea Party
Adrienne Moore / WJXT-TV:
Fired Duval County teacher could be reinstated
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Obama orders more than 100 advisers to Iraq
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Obama Adviser: Jihadists' Caliphate ‘Absurd’
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McConnell holds small lead in Kentucky
David Salazar / Columbia Daily Spectator:
Bacchanal fall concert canceled, annual spring concert under review
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Vince Brennan / bizjournals:
Gun stores see sales spike in wake of Ferguson riots
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Watch: Crazed Racist In Ferguson Spews White Rage At Protesters (Updated)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel lists own lawyer as irregular vote
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Kimmelman / New York Times:
German Artists Say They Put White Flags on Brooklyn Bridge
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Justice's IRS Connection
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