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9:45 AM ET, August 13, 2013

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
A Limit on Consumer Costs Is Delayed in Health Care Law  —  WASHINGTON — In another setback for President Obama's health care initiative, the administration has delayed until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own health care.
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Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Administration delays ObamaCare caps on out-of-pocket costs  —  The Obama administration has delayed a key provision in President Obama's healthcare reform law that would limit out-of-pocket insurance costs for consumers until 2015.  —  The cap, which includes deductibles and co-payments …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015  —  First, there was the delay of Obamacare's Medicare cuts until after the election.  Then there was the delay of the law's employer mandate.  Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register …
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Sharon Begley / Reuters:
Mitch McConnell Seeks Delay For Obamacare Insurance Exchanges
Discussion: Daily Kos and Green Eagle
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Hillary Clinton jumps back into political fray with speech on voting rights  —  (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's self-imposed absence from the country's political discourse ended Monday when the former secretary of state issued biting criticism of Republican-backed voter ID laws during a speech to a group of lawyers.
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Jan Schakowsky / The Huffington Post:   The GOP's Politics of Subtraction
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES  —  The phrase “unintended consequences” …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Hillary Clinton talks voting rights
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
This Is Not Rosa Parks  —  Oprah Winfrey's Swiss adventure.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Does Obama need OprahCare?
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Weiner: Wife will have role in Clinton campaign  —  Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on Monday said his wife Huma Abedin would have a role in a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid, but acknowledged that his sexting scandals had hurt his spouse “personally” and “professionally.”
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Anthony Weiner: Huma Will Play Role In Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign
Discussion: NY Daily News and ABC News
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Weiner says scandal hurt wife ‘professionally’; knows 2016 Clinton role
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
The man who misled Congress on spying will pick Obama's intelligence review panel  —  On Friday, President Barack Obama promised to appoint an “independent group” of “outside experts” to review the government's surveillance programs.  —  Today, the president formally ordered the formation of this group …
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama's Presidency
New York Times:
Racial Discrimination in Stop-and-Frisk  —  Judge Shira Scheindlin of Federal District Court in New York upheld the bedrock principle of individual liberty on Monday when she ruled that the tactics underlying New York City's stop-and-frisk program violated the constitutional rights of minority citizens.
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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
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 …
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:   Clinton Calls for Action to Protect Voter Rights
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A Former Engine of the G.O.P., the Town Hall Meeting, Cools Down  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, is no stranger to town hall meetings and their political possibilities.  Four summers ago, he helped his party use them to stoke opposition to President Obama's health care bill.
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
ATTORNEY FOR WHISTLEBLOWER: 400 U.S. MISSILES STOLEN IN BENGHAZI  —  On August 12, Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.'s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were “diverted to Libya” …
CNN:
High life brought low: Jury finds ‘Whitey’ Bulger guilty in killings, racketeering  —  The trial of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger  —  Boston (CNN) — Two years ago, James “Whitey” Bulger — the famed and much-feared head of the Boston mob — was sitting pretty in Santa Monica, California.
Jay Korff / WJLA-TV:
President Obama's ambulance runs out of gas, sparks criticism  —  WASHINGTON (WJLA) - As President Obama travels to and from the White House in his motorcade, the number one concern is keeping him safe.  A critical constant is a DC Fire and EMS ambulance, typically Medic 1, that trails behind in the event of a medical emergency.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Twitchy
 
 
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Intelligence committee withheld key file before critical NSA vote, Amash claims
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New York Times:
Two Powerful Signals of a Major Shift on Crime
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Path to United States Practice Is Long Slog to Foreign Doctors
Discussion: Hit & Run
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BREITBART NEWS INTERVIEW: MARK LEVIN AND THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Republicans, Don't Shut Down the Government
Ivan Betinov / The People's Cube:
First Dog Bo takes a well-deserved vacation
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Gansler said rival Brown relying on race in Maryland governor's contest
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Booker expected to win big in NJ primary
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Robert D. Miller / Robert Miller's Blog:
Davis to Run for Governor
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
GOP Moderates Push Back on Tea Party Spending Cuts
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Reaction
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Obama's intellectual property chief steps down