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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
Peter Maass / New York Times:
Q. & A.: Edward Snowden Speaks to Peter Maass
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
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 …
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New York Times:
Racial Discrimination in Stop-and-Frisk
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: Yahoo! News and ThinkProgress
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.
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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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
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
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. ...
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
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
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
Bill Wilson / Wichita Eagle:
Anti-abortion groups to again ask Wichita City Council to rezone area near women's clinic  —  Several anti-abortion groups on Tuesday will renew their call for the Wichita City Council to rezone the eastside neighborhood at Kellogg and Bleckley so abortions can't be performed at a longtime women's clinic there.
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 and The Dish
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.
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda expands in Syria via Islamic State  —  BEIRUT — A rebranded version of Iraq's al-Qaeda affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent …
 
 
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Evan Perez / CNN:
Feds seek to ground airline merger plan
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The Right Scoop:
[FULL AUDIO] - Mike Lee debates defunding Obamacare with Karl Rove on Hannity Radio
Robert Ehlert / Idaho Statesman:
Labrador to announce political plans Wednesday
Discussion: Politico and Roll Call
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released
Discussion: Guardian, The Switch, Mashable and The Verge
Denver Post:
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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