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11:00 AM ET, August 12, 2013

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Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Eric Holder Owes the American People an Apology  —  The Justice Department made a long-overdue disclosure late Friday: Last year when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder boasted about the successes that a high-profile task force racked up pursuing mortgage fraud, the numbers he trumpeted were grossly overstated.
Discussion: Hot Air and Eschaton
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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.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder moves to rein in jail sentences
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Holder to scale back tough sentences for low-level drug crimes
Discussion: CNN
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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Dana Loesch / RedState:
Clown Dresses As Obama At MO State Fair, Democrats Cry “Racism®” *UPDATED  —  A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair over the weekend donned an Obama mask instead of typical clown fare.  The clown, a participant in the fair and not officially representative of the fair …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Justin Wingerter / CBS St. Louis:
Rodeo Clown Dresses As President Obama at Mo. State Fair
Discussion: The Raw Story
Yael T. Abouhalkah / Kansas City Star:
Shameful Missouri State Fair stunt smears Obama
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Is Ted Cruz the 2016 GOP frontrunner? In Iowa, maybe.
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
In Iowa, It Looks a Lot Like 2016
Discussion: Politico and msnbc.com
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The Raw Story
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Colleen Long / Associated Press:
US Judge Orders NYPD Stop-Frisk Monitor  —  A federal judge appointed an independent monitor Monday to oversee changes to the New York Police Department's contentious policy known as stop and frisk after finding it intentionally discriminates based on race, a significant judicial rebuke …
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Rep. McCaul says Obama now trying to ‘salvage’ NSA program  —  The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said on Sunday that President Obama has inadequately explained the National Security Agency's (NSA) controversial telephone surveillance program.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
Former Ron Wyden aide challenges Obama's surveillance claims
Discussion: The Raw Story
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” …
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 …
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.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
WBIR-TV:
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.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Weiner's first TV ad: ‘Powerful voices’ against him  —  (CNN) - Anthony Weiner's campaign for New York City mayor released its first television commercial Monday, though the spot didn't allude to the lewd messaging scandal that rocked his campaign and preceded a drop in the polls.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Weiner unveils first TV ad, vowing to fight ‘powerful voices’
Digits:
Next iPad Takes After Thin, Light Mini  —  The same touch-panel technology that made the iPad mini thin and light will likely feature in the next iPad, which is currently being produced by Apple Inc.'s Asian suppliers, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and Business Insider
Politico:
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
 
 
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Lerner's FEC Problem
Emma Jones / BBC:
Elysium: A politically charged ‘popcorn sundae’
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Samizdata
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP poll: Tom Cotton has edge over Mark Pryor
Hamil Harris / Washington Post:
Donnie McClurkin does not appear at King Memorial concert
David Cameron / Telegraph:
We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas
Scott Neuman / U.S.:
Family Rescued In Pacific After Sailing ‘Where God Led Us’
Discussion: The Mahablog and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Fang / thenation.com/blogs/168901:
Science Committee Congressman: Global Warming a ‘Fraud’ to ‘Create Global Government’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's theme, pre-2016: Women who break barriers
Discussion: NewsBusters, The Fix and Post Politics
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
U.S. Population Distribution by Age, 1900 through 2060
Discussion: AEIdeas and Business Insider
Stephen Carter / Bloomberg:
Unpopular Republicans See Gains in '14 Elections
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Statement Issued by Ann Heywood
Discussion: Guardian, National Updates and BBC