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8:05 AM ET, August 12, 2013


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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Iowa for Harkin steak fry  —  Vice President Joe Biden has accepted U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's invitation to attend his steak fry this year, White House officials told The Des Moines Register this evening.  —  “It has been a long-standing commitment …
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Martin / The Caucus:
Biden, Hinting at 2016, to Speak at Iowa Event  —  DES MOINES - Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be the keynote speaker at Senator Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fund-raiser next month, a signature event on the Iowa political calendar that often showcases aspiring presidents as featured speakers.
Discussion: Post Politics and
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:   In Iowa, It Looks a Lot Like 2016
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Biden to speak at Iowa Dem fundraiser
Discussion: CNN
Tennessee Judge orders baby's name be changed from ‘Messiah’  —  Jaleesa Martin and the father of Messiah could not agree on a last name, which is how they ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday.  —  That is when the first name came into question.
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home  —  When President Barack Obama goes on holiday to the seaside things can get complicated.  —  Bo, the US First Family's waterdog, gets off the Marine helicopter at Martha's Vineyard  —  Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents …
Next fiscal fight: Why Wall Street should worry  —  NEW YORK — Talk to anyone on Wall Street and they will tell you they really don't care about the brewing fiscal storm in Washington.  Possible government shutdown?  Whatever.  Debt ceiling crisis?  Meh.
Discussion: Business Insider
Justin Wingerter / CBS St. Louis:
Rodeo Clown Dresses As President Obama at Mo. State Fair  —  ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A photo showing a rodeo clown dressed as President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair caused a stir on social media Sunday.  —  The photo was first posted on the liberal blog Show Me Progress.
Yael T. Abouhalkah / Kansas City Star:
Shameful Missouri State Fair stunt smears Obama
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences  —  WASHINGTON — In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration will move on Monday to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors to omit listing quantities of illegal substances in indictments …
Discussion: theGrio and The Week
New York Post:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker pocketed ‘confidential’ annual payouts from law firm while in office  —  Cory Booker pocketed “confidential” annual payouts from his former law firm while serving as Newark mayor.  —  Booker, the front-runner in New Jersey's Senate race, received five checks …
Wall Street Journal:
Statement Issued by Ann Heywood  —  Mother of Murdered British Businessman Breaks Her Silence  —  This is the full text of a statement issued Sunday by Ann Heywood, the mother of a British businessman whose murder triggered China's worst political crisis in more than two decades.
Discussion: National Updates, BBC and Guardian
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Trump spars with ABC reporter over Obama's birth certificate  —  Donald Trump, in the early presidential caucus state of Iowa this weekend for an event featuring many potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, defended his questioning of President Barack Obama's place of birth in an interview aired Sunday on ABC's “This Week.”
KC Downey / WMUR:
Man shoots and kills son, himself at Manchester YWCA  —  Muni Savyon fatally shoots 9-year-old son  —  A man shot and killed his son before taking his own life at the YWCA in Manchester on Sunday morning, police said.  —  According to the attorney general's office, Muni Savyon, 54 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NBC Buying Web Service to Stream Phone Video  —  When a plane crashes or a protest turns violent, television crews speed to the scene.  But they typically do not arrive for minutes or even hours, so these days photos and videos by amateurs — what the news industry calls “user-generated content” — fill the void.
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Budget Sequester Is a Success  —  The Obama spending blitz is over and the deficit is heading below 4% of GDP.  —  The biggest underreported story out of Washington this year is that the federal budget is shrinking and much more than anyone in either party expected.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Milton Friedman, Unperson  —  Recently Senator Rand Paul, potential presidential candidate and self-proclaimed expert on monetary issues, sat down for an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.  It didn't go too well.  For example, Mr. Paul talked about America running “a trillion-dollar deficit every year” …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's theme, pre-2016: Women who break barriers
Discussion: The Fix and Post Politics
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
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Discussion: AEIdeas and Business Insider
Stephen Carter / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sky News:
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Discussion: Telegraph, Guardian and Jihad Watch
Peter Singer / New York Times:
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Discussion: National Review
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Family leaves US on sailboat over religious concerns to start new life, becomes lost at sea
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Dish
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
In his second term, Obama becomes bolder on the environment
Discussion: E2-Wire
ABC News:
Snowden's Father Gets Visa to Visit Son in Russia
Los Angeles Times:
Kidnapping suspect killed by FBI; Hannah Anderson in ‘good shape’
Discussion: Jezebel
New York Times:
The Fed, Lawrence Summers, and Money
Discussion: Washington Monthly