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2:45 PM ET, August 12, 2013

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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.
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.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
‘Mandatory minimum’ sentences to end for many drug offenders
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TalkLeft
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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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama Rodeo Mask Is ‘Racist’ But Decapitated George Bush Head on a Pike Was Funny  —  Liberals were outraged this weekend after a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair wore an Obama mask as he taunted the Bulls.  —  Obama clown at Missouri State Fair rodeo (Show Me Progress)
Discussion: Hypocrisy-Now!
Dana Loesch / RedState:
Clown Dresses As Obama At MO State Fair, Democrats Cry “Racism®” *UPDATED
Discussion: Twitchy and The Gateway Pundit
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Missouri State Fair apologizes after rodeo clown mocks Obama
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and The Week
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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CBS News:
NYC stop-and-frisk policy violates constitutional rights, federal judge rules
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
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
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Rep. McCaul says Obama now trying to ‘salvage’ NSA program
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Hot Air
New York Post:
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner being filmed for possible documentary  —  Anthony Weiner may be gearing up for the big screen.  —  Even if he doesn't make it to Gracie Mansion, the mayor wannabe could star in a documentary film about his headline-grabbing campaign.
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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.
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’
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” …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Anybody But Cory Booker  —  Many of the NJ voters I know tell me they'll vote for Cory Booker in the Democratic senatorial primary “because he can win.”  But Jersey is a blue state; whoever gets the nomination is likely to win.  So why Booker?  They like him.
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
Anthony Breznican / Inside Movies:
‘The Day the Clown Cried’: New video surfaces from famed (and shamed) Jerry Lewis Holocaust film  —  This is making-of footage from a film that will never-be.  —  The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama directed and starring Jerry Lewis that was famously decried for its bad taste before ever being released.
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Wisconsin senator who hates Obamacare plans visit to D.M. to talk about it  —  A Wisconsin senator who is an ardent foe of Obamacare plans to meet with Iowa business leaders Tuesday to discuss the impact of the law.  —  Ron Johnson, a Republican elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Daily Caller
Bloomberg:
Obama's Opaque Commitment to Transparency  —  At President Barack Obama's news conference today, he pledged to strengthen oversight, transparency and constraints on the use of U.S. surveillance authority in the future.  Too bad he coupled this pledge to a disingenuous attempt to rewrite the past.
Discussion: The Dish
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: Reuters, BBC, Guardian and National Updates
 
 
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David Brock / Reuters:
CNN's Hillary Clinton problem
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New York Times:
Republicans and Democrats Both Miscalculated
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
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John Steele Gordon / Commentary Magazine:
Obama's Political Incompetence
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Lerner's FEC Problem
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Politico:
Next fiscal fight: Why Wall Street should worry
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Stephen Carter / Bloomberg:
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