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12:05 AM ET, August 13, 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 …
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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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Clinton Calls for Action to Protect Voter Rights  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waded into the battle over voting rights on Monday in the first of a series of speeches in which she says she plans to address some of the most pressing issues in Washington.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Weiner says scandal has damaged wife ‘professionally’  —  Follow @politicalticker Follow @KilloughCNN  —  (CNN) - Anthony Weiner said Monday he believes his sexting scandals have damaged his wife's career and seemingly dropped a hint about Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presidential plans.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Hillary Clinton jumps back into political fray with speech on voting rights
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Hillary Clinton talks voting rights
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Tal Kopan / Politico:
The coming war over voting rights
Discussion: Associated Press
David Brock / Reuters:
CNN's Hillary Clinton problem
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Politico
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
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  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said he opposed boycotting the Sochi Olympic Games despite new Russian anti-gay laws, instead urging nations to wave the rainbow flag during the Opening Ceremonies to show support for gay rights.
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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 12, 2013
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences
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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The White House:
Presidential Memorandum — Reviewing Our Global Signals Intelligence Collection and Communications Technologies  —  The United States, like all nations, gathers intelligence in order to protect its national interests and to defend itself, its citizens, and its partners and allies from threats to our security.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Techdirt and Twitchy
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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: Yahoo! News, Bloomberg and The Dish
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 …
KSDK-TV:
Obama rodeo clown: Missouri State Fair Commission bans clown who wore mask  —  In a statement released to the media Monday afternoon, the commission apologized again for the rodeo clown's actions and said they were inappropriate and not keeping with the fair's standards.
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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
Maria Sudekum / Associated Press:
Missouri Fair clown draws criticism for Obama mask
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 …
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.
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.”
 
 
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CNN:
High life brought low: Jury finds ‘Whitey’ Bulger guilty in killings, racketeering
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
ATTORNEY FOR WHISTLEBLOWER: 400 U.S. MISSILES STOLEN IN BENGHAZI
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
GOP Moderates Push Back on Tea Party Spending Cuts
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Obama's intellectual property chief steps down
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)
Discussion: Israel Matzav
BBC:
City of London calls halt to smartphone tracking bins
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Expats Balk at Tax Law
Discussion: The Hill and TaxProf Blog
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
 

 
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