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4:15 PM 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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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 …
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Administration delays ObamaCare caps on out-of-pocket costs
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Lewis Says He Will Back Hillary Clinton for President if She Runs  —  Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and elder statesman of the civil rights movement, said in an interview that he would support Hillary Rodham Clinton if she sought the White House in 2016, and called her …
Discussion: The Hill
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
50 Years Later, Fighting the Same Civil Rights Battle
Discussion: Poynter
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES  —  The phrase “unintended consequences” …
Peter Maass / New York Times:
How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets  —  This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key.  For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers.
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Peter Maass / New York Times:
Q. & A.: Edward Snowden Speaks to Peter Maass
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  August 13, 2013 - De Blasio Leads See-Saw New York City Mayoral Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Stop-And-Frisk Could Be Helping New Front-Runner  —  With strong support from white Democratic likely primary voters and voters critical of the so- called stop-and-frisk police tactic …
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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Gray Lady Has a Crush on ‘Gangly Liberal’ Bill de Blasio  —  Bill de Blasio.  —  July, in the chronology of the New York City mayor's race, was the month of Anthony Weiner's crotch shots, dim photographic encounters that achieved the peculiar cultural flattening that politics sometimes can …
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.
Heather Mac Donald / New York Post:
Ignoring the realities of NYC crime  —  New York's 20-year reprieve from debilitating violence may well be over.  Yesterday, US District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York Police Department has been willfully targeting blacks and Hispanics for unlawful stop …
Discussion: National Review
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New York Times:
Racial Discrimination in Stop-and-Frisk
Richard Abowitz / The Daily Beast:
Porn Professor Hugo Schwyzer Comes Clean About His Twitter Meltdown and Life as a Fraud  —  He built a successful, if divisive, career as a ‘male feminist’ and porn advocate.  Then his life fell apart—on Twitter.  He talks to Richard Abowitz about what fueled his epic meltdown.
Associated Press:
Appeals court: Obama violating law on nuke site  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.  —  By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …
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Reuters:
U.S. court demands decision on Nevada nuclear waste project
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Yahoo! News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Attorney for U.S. whistleblower: 400 surface-to-air missiles were stolen from Benghazi  —  Via Breitbart and the Daily Mail, seven minutes from Joe DiGenova's chat with WMAL yesterday.  The key bit comes at 3:25, after he points out that Obama's arguably guilty of contempt of court …
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John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: After Multiple Denials, CIA Admits to Snooping on Noam Chomsky  —  For years, the Central Intelligence Agency denied it had a secret file on MIT professor and famed dissident Noam Chomsky.  But a new government disclosure obtained by The Cable reveals for the first time that the agency …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
In 1994, there was a ‘George Bush’ rodeo clown dummy  —  In the wake of ‘Clown-gate’ at the Missouri State Fair, it appears that professional rodeo clowns will think twice before mocking the president.  —  But in 1994, Douglas A. Campbell, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer chronicled a rodeo clown even featuring George H.W. Bush.
Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Don't vote for Cory Booker today  —  Today New Jersey Democrats will decide who will be their nominee for the United States Senate.  The winner of today's primary election will be the heavy favorite in the general election.  If any New Jersey voters are reading, and they have not yet voted …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABC News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama grabs fried seafood takeout for lunch with Jarrett  —  President Obama's fourth day on a dreary Martha's Vineyard saw the president stop by a snack bar on the waterfront for fried seafood and then swing by the vacation home of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett for lunch.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Post v. Putin — Whose Side Are You On?  —  The culture war has gone global.  —  And the divisions are not only between, but within nations.  —  “Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law,” wailed Jay Leno.  “I mean, this seems like Germany.  Let's round up the Jews.  Let's round up the gays. ...
Robert Costa / National Review:
Shutting Down a Shutdown  —  Inside how House GOP leaders are trying to avoid one  —  A key date in the leadership's nearly month-long effort was Wednesday, July 31, one of the last days before the House adjourned for the August recess.  Two important things happened within an eight-hour period …
Jay Korff / WJLA-TV:
President Obama's ambulance runs out of gas, sparks criticism  —  WASHINGTON (WJLA) - As President Barack Obama travels to and from the White House in his motorcade, the number one concern is keeping him safe.  —  A critical constant is a D.C. Fire and EMS ambulance, typically Medic 1 …
Charles S. Johnson / Missoulian:
3 members of Montana's Williams family decline to run for Congress  —  HELENA - Three members of a prominent Montana Democratic family - former U.S. Rep. Pat and ex-state Sen. Carol Williams, and their daughter Whitney - each has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate or House next year, despite pleas to do so.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Post Politics and Roll Call
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Classic Obama charade: Appoint a crony to investigate himself  —  Big headlines last Friday, as President Obama planned, for his news conference announcement.  —  He was naming “a high-level group of outside experts” to probe the nation's entire intelligence apparatus for abuses …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Denver Post:
By The Denver Post Editorial Board  —  Americans have come to know and tolerate the presence of the Transportation Security Administration at airports.  —  While it doesn't make the pat-downs and full-body scans any less intrusive, we've accepted the security gauntlet …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
This Is Not Rosa Parks  —  Oprah Winfrey's Swiss adventure.  —  Jesse Jackson hasn't yet declared Zurich the new Selma, but from some of the news coverage you'd think Oprah Winfrey was the next Rosa Parks.  The former TV-talk superstar experienced what New York's Daily News calls …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rubio: Obama could ‘basically legalize’ millions of immigrants if reform fails  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a key architect of the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill, warned Tuesday that President Obama could use an executive order to legalize millions of illegal immigrants if Congress does not act on the issue.
 
 
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