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3:35 PM ET, July 13, 2013


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NTSB statement on erroneous confirmation of crew names  —  The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
NY Daily News:
San Francisco plane crash: TV station duped into giving racist, false names of pilots by NTSB intern  —  Oakland's KTVU apologizes for saying ‘Captain Sum Ting Wong,’ ‘Wi Tu Lo,’ ‘Ho Lee Fuk,’ and ‘Bang Ding Ow’ flew the plane - but says NTSB had confirmed the names.
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
Pranked TV Station Reports “Ho Lee Fuk,” “Wi Tu Lo” As SF Crash Pilots  —  Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU purportedly learned the names of the flight crew of Asiana flight 214, which crashed last Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing two.  These—"Sum Ting Wong," “Wi Tu Lo …
KTVU Apology for Friday Noon report
Matier And Ross:
KTVU apologizes for racist SF plane crash gaffe
Discussion: Boston Globe
Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
KTVU Reports Asiana Air Pilots Were “Sum Ting Wong” and “Ho Lee Fuk”
The Texas Tribune:
Abortion Bill Finally Passes Texas Legislature … After impassioned, often personal speeches from lawmakers in both parties noting the emotions that have followed House Bill 2 through the legislative process, the Texas Senate approved the omnibus abortion measure late Friday night.
Jonathan Bernstein / Salon:
Wendy Davis can't lose in 2014 — no matter the outcome  —  Yes, she's a Democrat in a very red state — but regardless of the result, here's why she should run for Governor  —  It's not the job of outsiders to tell people what to do with their political careers.
Discussion: New York Times
Shefali Luthra / The Texas Tribune:
Protesters Question Report on Confiscations
Discussion: Guardian and RH Reality Check
The Huffington Post:
Tampons Confiscated, Guns Still Allowed At Texas Capitol Ahead Of Abortion Vote [UPDATE]
Snowden documents could be ‘worst nightmare’ for U.S.: journalist  —  (Reuters) - Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States' “worst nightmare” if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said in a newspaper interview.
Little Green Footballs:
Greenwald Issues Blackmail Threat: “The US Should Be on Its Knees Begging”  —  Hubris  —  Charles Johnson  —  Today, Glenn Greenwald is basically issuing blackmail threats to the US government: Snowden Documents Could Be ‘Worst Nightmare’ for US. … What an amazingly arrogant …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Bauerlein / Associated Press:
State Attorney Angela Corey fires information techonology director who raised concerns in Trayvon Martin case  —  State Attorney Angela Corey fired her office's information technology director Friday after he testified last month about being concerned prosecutors did not turn over information …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Brian Schweitzer gives GOP Senate hopes new life  —  Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday he won't run for the Senate in Montana — a surprise development that imperils Democrats' chances of holding the seat in 2014.  —  He told the Associated Press that he wants to stay …
Matt Gouras / Daily Journal:
APNewsBreak: Former Democratic Mont. Gov. Schweitzer won't run for open US Senate seat  —  HELENA, Montana — Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.  —  The Democrat tells The Associated Press on Saturday he doesn't want to leave Montana and go to Washington, D.C.
Schweitzer won't run for Senate in 2014
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Roll Call
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The House Just Wants to Snack  —  And, now, the Tasty Bites theory of government.  —  You may have heard that the House of Representatives passed a farm bill this week.  Or possibly not.  I have found that many Americans can go for a very long time without mentioning the farm bill.
Discussion: Slate and Prairie Weather
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Daniel Beekman / NY Daily News:
Eliot Spitzer sued for defamation by Wall Street titan Hank Greenberg  —  Lawsuit charges Spitzer has kept up 'a long-standing malicious campaign ... to discredit Mr. Greenberg and damage Mr. Greenberg's reputation and career, while attempting to bolster Mr. Spitzer's own reputation and career.'
A Spitzer Petitioner's Tale: $1,600 To Get Signatures For “A Schmuck”
Discussion: New York Times and FT Alphaville
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Remember The Debt Ceiling?  —  As Erskine Bowles notes “Everyone claims that they're not going to let our nation default.  And Lord knows we all ought to pray that they don't.  But, could it happen?  You bet.”  But it seems the world has forgotten that between the “grand bargain' negotiations …
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Rachel Metz / MIT Technology Review:
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Preacher: Morsi supporters will ‘die as martyrs’ to see him reinstated
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Liverpool Care Pathway to be axed in favour of individual treatment plans
Discussion: BBC and National Review
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Administration pressures human rights groups not to help Snowden
Discussion: RT, The Lede and Guardian