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7:30 PM ET, August 10, 2013


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Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun News:
Reid says Obamacare just a step toward eventual single-payer system  —  In just about seven weeks, people will be able to start buying Obamacare-approved insurance plans through the new health care exchanges.  —  But already, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is predicting those plans …
Paul Krugman:
Death Panels and the Apparatchik Mindset  —  Aaron Carroll reads the Wall Street Journal, which is outraged, outraged, at the prospect that Oregon's Medicaid system might seek to limit spending on treatments with low effectiveness and/or patients who aren't going to live much longer in any case.
Investor's Business Daily:
Sarah Palin Was Right—More Dems Ditch Death Panels  —  ObamaCare: Some Democrats are signing on to bills repealing the powers of the Independent Payment Advisory Board to effectively ration health care for seniors.  So Sarah Palin was right about those death panels after all?
Discussion: Liberal Values and Betsy's Page
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Fox May Produce Clinton Biopic Reviled by G.O.P.  —  The script for the proposed mini-series on the life of the possible presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't even been written but we may already have a plot twist.  —  While NBC has come under heavy fire, especially from Republican critics …
Andrew Kaczynski:
Sarah Palin Slams Chris Christie: “I'm On Team Rand”  —  “Chris Christie's for more government and his record proves that, whereas Rand Paul with that healthy libertarian streak that we need more of, in our politicians, team Rand Paul.”  —  Former vice presidential candidate …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Hopeful's Connections Jolt Bitter Virginia Race  —  McLEAN, Va. — Frustrated by government red tape slowing his electric car company, Terry McAuliffe repeatedly sought a meeting at the Department of Homeland Security.  —  He and his lawyers sent a stream of e-mails to a senior official …
Discussion: Hot Air
Cassie / The WikiLeaks Party:
Statement from Julian Assange in response to President Obama's plans to reform America's global surveillance program  —  Today the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America's global surveillance program.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
In Leaked Audio, Cuccinelli Affirms Support For E.W. Jackson  —  Ken Cuccinelli, the attorney general and Republican nominee for governor in Virginia, told supporters recently they should have no question about his support for E.W. Jackson, the GOP's polarizing nominee for lieutenant governor in that state.
The Voice of Russia, News:
Russia not homophobic, it's homorealistic - expert  —  The new Russian law that prohibits promotion of homosexual relations and non-traditional sexual relations among minors has sparked a lot of international condemnation.  It has led to the so-called vodka protests, and to calls for a boycott of the 2014 Russian Olympics.
Paul Krugman:
More On The Disappearance Of Milton Friedman  —  It seems that many people misunderstood my post on Milton Friedman.  It was not intended as Friedman-bashing, as a claim that MF was a bad economist; in fact, I'm on record declaring Friedman a “great economists' economist”.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cleta Mitchell: The IRS scandals, part 3  —  Cleta Mitchell is the prominent Washington attorney whose practice has given her a front row seat on the IRS scandals.  On the just completed NR cruise Cleta gave one of the most compelling presentations involving topical matters of current interest.
Ethan Sacks / NY Daily News:
Oprah Winfrey's brush with racism in Swiss boutique sparks international uproar after employee refused to show her $38K bag  —  European nation's tourism board, Trois Pommes store owner apologize to star of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler' over handbag ‘misunderstanding’
Stuart Oldham / Variety:
Jay Leno's Last ‘Tonight Show’ to Air Feb. 6  —  NBC to pull latenight host on the eve of Olympics coverage  —  Jay Leno's last “Tonight Show” on NBC will air Feb. 6, sources confirm to Variety.  —  “Tonight Show” exec producer Debbie Vickers made the announcement today to employees of the show …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Leno's Last ‘Tonight Show’ To Air Feb. 6; Staff Paid Until September
Discussion: Mediaite and TVbytheNumbers
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Claims Widespread Fraud Because He Saw ‘Physically Fit’ Couple Use Food Stamps
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / E2-Wire:
Scott uses GOP address to exploit Dem energy divisions
Rachel Rooney / CBS 3 Springfield:
Brother of former Sen. Scott Brown nabbed for impersonating cop
Washington Post:
President Obama weighs in on information-gathering
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Lavabit's Ladar Levison: ‘If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It’
Discussion: The Verge, Taylor Marsh and Boing Boing
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Know Thine Enemy  —  On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval base …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Social Security Payments Limited To Same-Sex Married Couples Living In States That Recognize Marriage Equality
Robert Costa / National Review:
Cantor: ‘No One Is Advocating a Government Shutdown’
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Uncertainty Isn't Killing the Recovery
Discussion: New York Times
Decca Aitkenhead / Guardian:
Labour must shout louder or risk election defeat, warns Andy Burnham
Discussion: Spectator, National Updates and BBC