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9:20 AM ET, August 12, 2013


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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, The Gateway Pundit and CNN
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.
Discussion: Show Me Progress and The Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Capitol Report and Post Politics
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, Hit & Run and The Week
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
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Holder to scale back tough sentences for low-level drug crimes
Discussion: Politico
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
In Iowa, It Looks a Lot Like 2016  —  Early Visits Show Candidates Jockeying Over What's Seen as a Wide-Open 2016 Presidential Race  —  AMES, Iowa—Iowans this past weekend had their pick of corn dogs, pork chops, Rick Santorum or Ted Cruz.  —  The first two offerings were popular delicacies at the state fair.
Jonathan Martin / The Caucus:
Biden, Hinting at 2016, to Speak at Iowa Event
Discussion: First Read, Post Politics and
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Iowa for Harkin steak fry
Discussion: Politico
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Biden to speak at Iowa Dem fundraiser
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Trump spars with ABC reporter over Obama's birth certificate
Kasie Hunt / First Read:   In Iowa, Donald Trump warns Republicans about Hillary, immigration
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 …
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.
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
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” …
Scott Neuman / U.S.:
Family Rescued In Pacific After Sailing ‘Where God Led Us’ … A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Balloon Juice
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
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
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Weiner unveils first TV ad, vowing to fight ‘powerful voices’  —  Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on Sunday unveiled his first television ad in his bid to be New York City mayor, vowing to fight the “powerful voices” he says are trying to force him from the race.
Discussion: Politicker, CNN and Politico
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Regulator Examines Bitcoin Practices  —  New York Issues Subpoenas to Firms Tied to Bitcoin  —  New York's top banking regulator has issued subpoenas to roughly two dozen companies associated with bitcoin as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into the business practices of the fledgling virtual …
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David Cameron / Telegraph:
We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas
Christopher Thompson / Financial Times:
Eurozone banks need to shed €3.2tn in assets to meet Basel III
Lee Fang /
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 Daily Caller
Sky News:
Zanzibar Acid Attack: Suspect Preacher On Run
Discussion: Telegraph, Guardian and Jihad Watch
Wall Street Journal:
Statement Issued by Ann Heywood
Discussion: National Updates, Guardian and BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Singer / New York Times:
Good Charity, Bad Charity  —  YOU are thinking of donating to a worthy cause.
Discussion: National Review
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water
KC Downey / WMUR:
Man shoots and kills son, himself at Manchester YWCA
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Help Thy Neighbor and Go Straight to Prison