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11:15 AM ET, August 14, 2013

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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Cory Booker Wins But Almost No One Votes  —  Few New Jerseyans bothered to vote in Tuesday's special primary election for the U.S. Senate.  —  As a sleeping aid, the New Jersey Senate primary on Tuesday may have been even more effective than warm milk or counting sheep.
Discussion: Roll Call, ABC News and Yahoo! News
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
New Jersey Republicans Nominate Koch Brothers Operative For Senate
Kasie Hunt / NBC Politics:
Booker aims to shake up Washington
Sky News:
Sky News Cameraman Killed In Egypt  —  Sky News cameraman Mick Deane has been shot and killed in Egypt this morning.  —  Mick had worked for Sky for 15 years, based in Washington and then Jerusalem.  —  He was part of our team covering the violence in Cairo.  The rest of the team are unhurt.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Poynter
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New York Times:
Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Egyptian security forces storm protesters' camps
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
92-Year-Old Who Once Faced Literacy Tests Sues North Carolina Over New Wave Of Voter Suppression  —  When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing …
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Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
North Carolina's Attack on Voting Rights
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:   North Carolinians Fear the End of a Middle Way
RIA Novosti / Russia & India Report:
In Russia, American runner dedicates silver medal to gay friends  —  US middle distance runner Nick Symmonds dedicated his 800-meter silver medal at the world athletics championships Tuesday to his gay and lesbian friends back home, becoming the first athlete to openly criticize Russia's controversial anti-gay law on the country's soil.
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Mark Bisson / World Football Insider:
Exclusive - Russia World Cup Chief Defends Anti-Gay Law  —  (WFI) Russia World Cup chief Alexey Sorokin defends his country's anti-gay law in an exclusive interview with World Football INSIDER.  —  Introduced by President Vladimir Putin in June, the law which bans “pro gay” propaganda …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
GOP Senator Says Defunding Obamacare is Impossible  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said that defunding Obamacare would be “highly unlikely,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.  —  Said Johnson: “Even if we were to not pass the continuing resolution (to fund the federal government) …
Discussion: National Review
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Bill Glauber / JSOnline:
Ron Johnson, other Republicans say government shutdown unlikely  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson rode opposition to President Barack Obama's signature health care law to victory in 2010.  —  But Johnson indicated Tuesday that shutting down the federal government …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Clintonworld vs. Weiner  —  A Hillary Clinton spokesman took a shot at Anthony Weiner on Tuesday for claiming he knew what role his wife Huma Abedin would play in a 2016 Clinton presidential run, denying he had any inside knowledge.  —  “We have absolutely no clue what he was talking about,” spokesman Nick Merrill said.
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton power in 2016  —  Three years out and you'd think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.  —  She's everywhere these days because: (a) It's August; (b) reporters are bored with President Obama; (c) reporters are bored with Joe Biden; (d) Clintons are never boring.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Althouse
David Weigel / Slate:
Photo: Hooters Restaurants in San Diego Won't Serve Bob Filner  —  Earlier today, the executive director of the San Diego Republican Party tweeted this image from in front of the Hooters in Rancho Bernardo.  —  According to the manager of that restaurant, all of the Hooters locations in the city …
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Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
Mayor Bob Filner Returns from Therapy to Find His Office Locks Changed
Dave Helling / Kansas City Star:
Missouri rodeo cowboy official resigns amid Obama-masked clown furor  —  Outrage over a rodeo clown's masked performance as President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair spilled into Tuesday as the president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association announced his resignation.
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Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
The Lies Aren't What Makes Obama's NSA Stance So Awful  —  President Obama's repeated comments that “there is no spying on Americans” and that “we don't have a domestic spying program,” as he told Jay Leno, were contradicted by two revelations at the end of last week.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and emptywheel
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Fonda to pols: Watch ‘Newsroom’  —  Jane Fonda says conservative icons like Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly would benefit from watching Aaron Sorkin's show “The Newsroom,” on which she plays a CEO of the company that owns the cable network.  —  “Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Mediaite
New York Times:
Unease at Clinton Foundation Over Finances and Ambitions  —  Soon after the 10th anniversary of the foundation bearing his name, Bill Clinton met with a small group of aides and two lawyers from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  Two weeks of interviews with Clinton Foundation executives …
Agence France Presse:
Morsi supporters ‘torch three churches’ in Egypt  —  CAIRO (AFP) - Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi torched three churches in central Egypt on Wednesday in reprisal attacks as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, reports said.  —  The assailants threw firebombs …
Discussion: National Review and Jihad Watch
Eric Katz / GovExec.com:
Nearly Every Major Agency Has Reduced Furloughs  —  The Treasury Building in Washington.  The Treasury Department has cut its number of furlough days from five to three.  Jacquelyn Martin/AP File Photo  —  When sequestration was about to kick in, the Obama administration began a nearly across …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rand Paul: 'I'm not a birther,' declines to address Cruz's eligibility for president  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday sidestepped questions about fellow Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) eligibility to run for president, saying he was not a “birther.”  —  “You won't find me questioning his eligibility.
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama, Snowden and Putin  —  You only get one chance to make a second impression.  It seems to me that Edward Snowden should use his and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has blown his.  —  Considering the breadth of reforms that President Obama is now proposing to prevent privacy abuses …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Chicago Tribune:
Jesse Jackson Jr., wife Sandi, await sentencing  —  WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who pleaded guilty to misspending about $750,000 in campaign funds, will learn today how much his crime will cost him.  —  A federal judge will sentence Jackson on a felony conspiracy count …
Adam Beam / The State:
SC state senator taking on Graham  —  State Sen. Lee Bright announced his candidacy Tuesday for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, calling incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham “a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood.”  —  “During the (congressional) recess …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taegan Goddard's …
Erika Eichelberger / Mother Jones:
Lobbyist Secretly Wrote House Dems' Letter Urging Weaker Investor Protections  —  Thirty-two liberal Democrats signed onto a letter drafted by a financial-industry lobbyist that aims to block protections for millions of Americans' retirement accounts.  —  June 14 letter from 32 House Democrats to the Department of Labor.
Kerry M. Flynn / The Day newspaper:
Returning submariner celebrates with marriage proposal  —  USS New Mexico crew member surprises partner at dock  —  Groton — After six months aboard the USS New Mexico (SSN 779), MM2 2nd class Jerrel Revels stepped onto Pier 31 at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton Monday afternoon …
 
 
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David Wolman / News Desk:
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
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Michael Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Frisks save lives
Discussion: New York Post and American Thinker