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6:50 PM ET, August 12, 2013

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Andrew Kaczynski:
Republican Congressman: We Probably Have The Votes To Impeach Obama  —  “I'll give you a real frank answer about that: If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it.”  —  youtube.com
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Spokeswoman Won't Say If Rep. Farenthold Is A Birther
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   GOP Rep: We Have The Votes In The House To Impeach Obama (VIDEO)
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 …
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences.
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 12, 2013
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violated Rights, Judge Rules  —  In a repudiation of a major element in the Bloomberg administration's crime-fighting legacy, a federal judge has found that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands …
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Elon Musk / Tesla Motors:
Hyperloop  —  When the California “high speed” rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too.  How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL - doing incredible things like indexing all the world's knowledge and putting rovers on Mars …
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Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Revealed: Elon Musk Explains the Hyperloop, the Solar-Powered High-Speed Future of Inter-City Transportation  —  Almost a year after Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors (TSLA) and SpaceX, first floated the idea of a superfast mode of transportation, he has finally revealed the details …
Maria Sudekum / Associated Press:
Missouri Fair clown draws criticism for Obama mask  —  You are here  —  Home » Barack Obama » Missouri Fair clown draws criticism for Obama mask  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend …
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Daily Mail:
'Oprah's a liar': Sales assistant in Swiss racist handbag row denies telling TV host that she could not view item because she couldn't afford it  —  The sales assistant who refused to show U.S. talkshow billionaire Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly £25,000 claims the superstar lied …
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Dana Rohrabacher, GOP House Science Committee Member: ‘Global Warming Is A Total Fraud’  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a longtime member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, recently brushed aside concern that the wildfires currently scorching across his state …
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials  —  The former NSA director is held up by the Face the Nation host as an objective authority when he is everything but that  —  In 2006, the New York Times won the Pulitzer Prize for having revealed …
Discussion: Gawker, Hullabaloo and The Dish
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:   Michael Hayden, Former NSA Chief: After A Major Attack, U.S. Likely To Seize More Surveillance Powers
David Dayen / Salon:
Your mortgage documents are fake!  —  Newly obtained filings from this Florida woman's lawsuit uncover horrifying scheme (Update)  —  If you know about foreclosure fraud, the mass fabrication of mortgage documents in state courts by banks attempting to foreclose on homeowners …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama's Presidency  —  His tone on Friday was inappropriately dismissive, while the substance was misleading at best and mendacious at worst.  —  Jon Stewart once reacted to a Barack Obama speech by marveling that “at 11 o'clock on a Tuesday …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Nudge off!  —  Why czars of suggestion — Eat better!  Exercise more!  Save don't spend! — are doomed to inevitable failure  —  Unemployed?  Underemployed?  Working the register at Denny's when you used to be on the management track?  Just been informed you'll be one of the ObamaCare …
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:   White House warns of rising threat to power grid from ‘extreme weather’
New York Times:
Republicans and Democrats Both Miscalculated  —  TWO years ago, Adm. Mike Mullen, at the time the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that debt was the “single biggest threat to our national security” — not some rogue nation, or terrorist group, but debt.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Expats Balk at Tax Law  —  American Citizen Renunciations Are Soaring  —  By - MARIKO SANCHANTA And - JASON CHOW  —  More U.S. citizens are giving up their American passports as the government cracks down on tax evaders.  The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to lawyer Eugene Chow …
Discussion: The Hill and TaxProf Blog
Tal Kopan / Politico:
The coming war over voting rights  —  State lawmakers from around the country crowded into a packed room Monday at the meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures to learn more about the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision striking down the Voting Rights Act as activists gear …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz's Dad: ‘Homosexual Marriage’ Designed To Make Government Your God (VIDEO)  —  The new federal health care law will “destroy the elderly” and “homosexual marriage” is designed to supplant God with government, Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) father warned conservatives in Iowa over the weekend.
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Gov. McCrory signs voter ID bill into law  —  RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory Monday signed into law a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls, a measure that was hailed by Republicans as a means for heightening ballot security but which was criticized by Democrats …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Talking Points Memo:
Benton: I Saw ‘Hurt’ In McConnell's Eyes Over My Comments  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) re-election campaign manager Jesse Benton told a local Louisville, Ky. news outlet that he “could see hurt” in the Senate minority leader's eyes over the aide's recently reported remarks about reluctantly serving in that position.
Discussion: WHAS, Ballot Box and Booman Tribune
 
 
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Josh Richman / Mercury News:
Gun-control bills could push California to top of firearm-restriction list
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Gov. McDonnell Turns On Old Pal Jonnie Williams
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US: ‘Serious concerns’ over new Israeli settlements (Video)
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BBC:
City of London calls halt to smartphone tracking bins
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David Brock / Reuters:
CNN's Hillary Clinton problem
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Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Wisconsin senator who hates Obamacare plans visit to D.M. to talk about it
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