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9:05 AM ET, August 15, 2013


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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Non-Clinton Dems ask: Why not me?  —  Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to meet the lesser-known Democrats of 2016.  —  After a slow start — by the hyperactive standards of contemporary politics — to the next round of presidential maneuvering on the Democratic side, the first signs of life …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton considering academic options  —  Hillary Clinton is fielding offers from colleges and universities — including Harvard and her law school alma mater, Yale — to give her a formal academic role, a move that would give her a platform outside her family's foundation.
Lara Seligman / Ballot Box:
Republicans fear 2016 free-for-all will only boost Hillary Clinton  —  GOP strategists are starting to worry that the sheer number of potential candidates for the party's 2016 presidential nomination could give an advantage to Democrats.  —  More than two dozen Republicans are eyeing …
Tim Stanley /
The New York Times takes down the Clinton Foundation.  This could be devastating for Bill and Hillary
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Gingrich: Republicans have ‘zero’ health care ideas  —  Boston (CNN) - Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded his fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing “zero” alternatives to President Obama's health care reform law.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Autumn Chaos: Five Reasons To Fear Shutdown, Default
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:   Obamacare exemption — none dare call it treason
Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman invites Missouri rodeo clown to perform in Texas  —  Liberals want to bronco bust dissent, create a state of fear  —  WASHINGTON — Congressman Steve Stockman Wednesday invited the rodeo clowns who performed at the Missouri State Fair, and were banned or ordered into “sensitivity training” …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Love: Obama Played Cards During Osama Raid; 'I Can't Watch This Entire Thing,' Obama Said  —  Reggie Love says he and President Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid, and that the president told him, “I can't watch this entire thing.”  —  “Most people were like down in the Situation Room and …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's Economic Approval Slips to 35%  —  Was 42% in June; decline mirrors drop in overall approval  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Despite President Barack Obama's renewed focus on the nation's economy this summer, crisscrossing the country to talk about job creation, he scores worse with Americans on the economy than he did in June.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
WikiLeaks: Manning's apology was forced  —  WikiLeaks late Wednesday described Bradley Manning's apology as “forced” but, nonetheless, called on a court to take “compassion” and “understanding” into account during his sentencing.  —  Earlier Wednesday, the former Army intelligence analyst apologized …
Discussion: Occupy America blogs and WikiLeaks
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Manning, Facing Prison for Leaks, Apologizes at Court-Martial Trial
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's unconstitutional steps worse than Nixon's  —  President Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency.  Desperation fuels arrogance as, barely 200 days into the 1,462 days of his second term …
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
Egypt awakes from curfew as official death toll rises to 421  —  Cairo and 14 other provinces in Egypt awoke from a curfew Thursday following the bloodiest day since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the country's military.  —  Egypt's Health Ministry said Thursday morning …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: ObamaCare benefit mandates pose few problems for states, insurers  —  Adopting new benefit mandates under ObamaCare will not require major changes or cost increases, according to a study released Wednesday.  —  Researchers at The Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
California Supreme Court Denies Requests To Stop Same-Sex Couples' Marriages  —  “The petition for a writ of mandate is denied.”  —  Jana Asenbrennerova / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Two challenges to same-sex couples' marriage rights in California were turned away by the state's Supreme Court Wednesday.
Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Gay marriages remain legal in California
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Betsy /
Labrador to seek third term in Congress, not run for governor  —  1st District Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador announced this afternoon that he'll seek a third term in Congress, not run for governor.  “I've decided to end all the speculation and announce that I have no plans at this time to run for Governor …
Discussion: Politico, Roll Call and Ballot Box
David Weigel / Slate:
Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning “Urban Gangs” Into His Personal Police Force  —  Taking a break from plotting to recruit thugs for his private mafia, President Obama vacations in Martha's Vineyard.  —  The controversy over Orson Scott Card's opposition to gay marriage appears to have simmered down.
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico  —  Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.  —  According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News …
Phillip M. Bailey / WFPL:
Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections  —  Speaking at the Louisville Forum this week, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.  —  The comments come as several civil rights leaders announce …
Daily Mail:
Horrifying moment Egyptian protestors pushed an armoured police van 50ft off a bridge before officers were stoned by mob  — After it landed, protesters attacked it and threw stones at the wreckage while under fire from police  — Not clear how many people were on board …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — On the first floor of Jordan Hall at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is a 12-by-8 room that, at first glance, looks like a rundown storage space.  The floor is a mix of white, teal and purple tiles, in a pattern reminiscent of the 1970s.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Ohio's Kasich Seeks a Softer GOP  —  Gov. John Kasich Promotes Blend of Conservative Orthodoxy Leavened With Liberal Policies  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio—Digging into a bowl of chicken soup at a Bob Evans restaurant, John Kasich does what comes naturally to governors: He boasts about his state's financial outlook.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bob Filner?  —  What the San Diego mayoral scandal says about the challenge of stopping a politician harassing women who don't work for him and don't know where to report him  —  The Democratic Party of San Diego needs better lawyers.  Or rather, it should have used the lawyers it has.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Divining the Regulatory Goals of Fed Rivals  —  WASHINGTON — Lawrence H. Summers, as Treasury secretary, presided over the group of senior Clinton administration officials who reached the fateful decision in the late 1990s that there was no need to regulate a new family of financial transactions known as over-the-counter derivatives.
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
For Olympics' Corporate Sponsors, Tough Questions That Most Are Eager To Avoid
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
A Postscript on William Clark
Discussion: National Review
Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein and Durbin: How to close Gitmo
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Fox Business:
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James Arkin / Politico:
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Discussion: Post Politics and Twitchy
American Bridge PAC:
MEMO/VIDEO - Steve Lonegan: The face of the “new” GOP
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Slate and ABC News
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
The High Cost of ObamaCare
Discussion: Mediaite and Investigations
National Review:
No Conference  —  Chuck Schumer has spent the better part …
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
With So Many Job Openings, Why So Little Hiring?