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2:55 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 …
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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
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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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Hillary Clinton talks voting rights
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Amy Chozick / New York Times:   Clinton Calls for Action to Protect Voter Rights
Tal Kopan / Politico:
The coming war over voting rights
Discussion: Associated Press
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: Techdirt, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama's Presidency
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Bloomberg and The Dish
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates  —  Thank you, Bob Carlson, for those kind words - and for your exemplary service as Chair of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.  It's a pleasure to be with you this morning.
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Hillary Clinton jumps back into political fray with speech on voting rights
Discussion: Hot Air
David Brock / Reuters:
CNN's Hillary Clinton problem
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Politico
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Robert D. Miller / Robert Miller's Blog:
Davis to Run for Governor  —  Credible sources tell me that Sen. Wendy Davis will run for Governor in 2014 and not seek reelection to Texas Senate District 10.  It will set up a high stakes match-up with Attorney General Greg Abbott in the November 4, 2014, general election.
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.”
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.
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.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
GOP Moderates Push Back on Tea Party Spending Cuts  —  Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own — a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly shrink defense and domestic programs.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Sharon Begley / Reuters:
Mitch McConnell Seeks Delay For Obamacare Insurance Exchanges
Discussion: Daily Kos and Green Eagle
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
McAuliffe's GreenTech car company launched with high hopes, but reality dogs campaign
Discussion: Ken Cuccinelli … and Yahoo! News
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
ATTORNEY FOR WHISTLEBLOWER: 400 U.S. MISSILES STOLEN IN BENGHAZI
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Obama's intellectual property chief steps down
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 12, 2013
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Gov. McDonnell Turns On Old Pal Jonnie Williams
 Earlier Items: 
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
Talking Points Memo:
Benton: I Saw ‘Hurt’ In McConnell's Eyes Over My Comments
Discussion: Booman Tribune, WHAS and Ballot Box
New York Times:
Republicans and Democrats Both Miscalculated
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Expats Balk at Tax Law
Discussion: The Hill
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