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5:50 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 …
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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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11  —  National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden accused the NSA of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after 9/11 and warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters.
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
50 Years Later, Fighting the Same Civil Rights Battle  —  WASHINGTON — John Lewis was the 23-year-old son of Alabama sharecroppers and already a veteran of the civil rights movement when he came to the capital 50 years ago this month to deliver a fiery call for justice on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Discussion: CNN and Poynter
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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.
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
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TIME:
Does Cory Booker Really Want to Come to Washington?
Discussion: ABC News and The Fix
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
White House denies intel chief will lead NSA surveillance review  —  The Obama administration is denying that James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, will control a review of the government's surveillance programs.  —  Privacy advocates expressed dismay on Monday …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Techdirt and The White House
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Classic Obama charade: Appoint a crony to investigate himself
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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 …
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New York Times:
Racial Discrimination in Stop-and-Frisk
Daily Mail:
400 US surface-to-air missiles were ‘STOLEN’ from Libya during the Benghazi attack and are ‘now in the hands of Al Qaeda’, claims whistleblower  —  Four hundred American surface-to-air missiles were ‘taken from Libya’ during the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi …
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Until Last Week, The Official Policy Of One Virginia City Was To Assume All Rape Victims Were Lying  —  Until last week, Norfolk, Virginia police classified sexual assault claims to be “unfounded” — or not valid — by default.  According to the Virginian-Pilot, a 22-year-old woman's case …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Gov. Pat McCrory / Raleigh News & Observer:
Why I signed the Voter ID/election reform bill  —  The common sense, election reforms I just signed into law will protect the integrity of one of the most precious rights guaranteed in our state constitution, the right to vote.  —  Voter photo identification is the central element of these reforms.
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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: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Tackling the Roots of Rape  —  Steubenville.  The Naval Academy.  Vanderbilt University.  The stories of young men sexually assaulting young women seem never to stop, despite all the education we've had and all the progress we've supposedly made, and there are times when I find myself darkly wondering …
Discussion: NewsBusters, Shakesville and The Dish
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. ...
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: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
McConnell: ‘Shutting Down the Government Will Not Stop Obamacare’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told a crowd at a health care forum in Kentucky on Tuesday that while he does not like the president's health care law, shutting down the government over funding it “will not stop” it from existing.
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
Robert Ehlert / Idaho Statesman:
Labrador to announce political plans Wednesday  —  Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said this afternoon he will announce his future political plans during a press conference Wednesday though he gave no indication of the exact time or location.  —  The two-term congressman from Idaho's First District …
Discussion: Politico, Post Politics and Roll Call
CNN:
Fatal fall at Braves game  —  Atlanta (CNN) — A Georgia man died after he fell about 65 feet from an upper level of Atlanta's Turner Field during a Braves-Phillies baseball game Monday, officials said.  —  He was identified as Ronald Homer, 29, of Conyers, Fulton County Medical Examiner's …
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 …
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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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
New Orleans and U.S. in Standoff on Detentions
Evan Perez / CNN:
Feds seek to ground airline merger plan
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
The Right Scoop:
[FULL AUDIO] - Mike Lee debates defunding Obamacare with Karl Rove on Hannity Radio
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released
Discussion: Guardian, The Switch, Mashable and The Verge
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Charles S. Johnson / Missoulian:
3 members of Montana's Williams family decline to run for Congress
Discussion: Ballot Box, Post Politics and Roll Call
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Tweets Can Foretell Votes, Study Finds
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Times Change  —  Behold the power of Power Line.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jay Korff / WJLA-TV:
President Obama's ambulance runs out of gas, sparks criticism