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9:10 PM ET, August 12, 2013

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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 …
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:
GOP Rep: We Have The Votes In The House To Impeach Obama (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told constituents at an event Saturday in his district that, although it would amount to a fruitless effort that could potentially damage the country, Republicans have the votes in the House to impeach President Barack Obama.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Spokeswoman Won't Say If Rep. Farenthold Is A Birther
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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
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 12, 2013
en.ria.ru:
Russia Confirms Anti-Gay Law Will Be Enforced at Olympics … Russia's Interior Ministry, which controls the police force, confirmed Monday that the country's controversial anti-gay law will be enforced during the Sochi 2014 Olympics.  —  Confusion has reigned over how the country intends …
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Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Schumer: Nations should wave rainbow flags for gay rights at Russia Olympics
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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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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Bob Yates / Show Me Progress:
At the Missouri State Fair last night
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama Rodeo Mask Is ‘Racist’ But Decapitated George Bush Head on a Pike Was Funny
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 …
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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 …
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Obama's intellectual property chief steps down  —  The White House's intellectual property chief, Victoria Espinel, has stepped down from her role in the administration and is rumored to be one of the top candidates to lead BSA |  The Software Alliance, according to industry sources.
Discussion: Deadline.com
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Kyle Smith / New York Post:   Nudge off!  —  Why czars of suggestion — Eat better!  Exercise more!
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.
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Yahoo! News and The Dish
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Santorum: Term ‘Middle Class’ Is ‘Marxism Talk’  —  Rick Santorum says the term “middle class” is “Marxism talk” since America doesn't have any classes.  “Since when in America do we have classes?”  Santorum asked a Republican gathering in Lyon County, Iowa, “There's no class in America.”
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
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
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
 
 
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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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Tal Kopan / Politico:
The coming war over voting rights
BBC:
City of London calls halt to smartphone tracking bins
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
David Brock / Reuters:
CNN's Hillary Clinton problem
Discussion: CNN, TheBlaze.com and Politico
New York Times:
Republicans and Democrats Both Miscalculated
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Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Wisconsin senator who hates Obamacare plans visit to D.M. to talk about it
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Daily Caller
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP poll: Tom Cotton has edge over Mark Pryor
 

 
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