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12:55 PM ET, August 14, 2013

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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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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
North Carolinians Fear the End of a Middle Way  —  EDEN, N.C. — When Pat McCrory, a Republican former mayor of Charlotte, was elected governor last year, he pledged to “bring this state together,” and to focus on bread-and-butter issues amid an ailing economy.
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
North Carolina's Attack on Voting Rights
Advancement Project News:
Lawsuit Against First Discriminatory Voter Law Passed After SCOTUS Shelby Decision Filed
Discussion: Facing South, The Fix and Guardian
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Egyptian security forces storm protesters' camps  —  CAIRO — Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, firing weapons, bulldozing tents and beating and arresting protesters in raids that Morsi's political party said caused heavy casualties.
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Reuters:
Egypt imposes state of emergency after 95 people killed
Discussion: BBC, Crooks and Liars and msnbc.com
Guardian:   Egypt security forces clear Cairo protests - live
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.
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Agence France Presse:
Morsi supporters ‘torch three churches’ in Egypt
Discussion: National Review and Jihad Watch
New York Times:
Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins
Discussion: Gawker and The Hugh Hewitt Show
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama-mask clown gets lifetime Missouri fair ban.  Just, or too harsh?  —  An Obama-mask clown at the Missouri State Fair was banned for life, after photos and video asking a crowd if they wanted to see Obama ‘run down by a bull’ went viral.  The crowd cheered.  Fair officials dubbed the stunt ‘unconscionable.’
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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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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 …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
GOP Senator Says Defunding Obamacare is Impossible
Discussion: National Review
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
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.
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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: The Dish, Yahoo! News and emptywheel
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Air Travel Is Worse Than a Hummer With Wings  —  Christie Aschwanden decided to stay home for a year.  Not because she doesn't like to travel, but because she doesn't like what travel does to the environment: … Why does air travel get left out of the mix when we're talking about reducing our carbon footprint?
Discussion: Althouse, alicublog and National Review
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 …
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Fast food strikes to massively expand: “They're thinking much bigger”  —  Top union officials tell Salon the largest mobilization of fast food workers in U.S. history is about to get huge  —  Fast food strikers will escalate their campaign within the next week and a half, according to the key union backing their recent walkouts.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com
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 …
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: Hit & Run and msnbc.com
Ben White / Politico:
Glass-Steagall resolution pulled - No charges for JPM ‘Whale’ - Break-up-the-banks fever hits states  —  GLASS-STEAGALL RESOLUTION PULLED — M.M. heard last night that Delaware GOP State Sen. Catherine Cloutier pulled her resolution supporting the re-introduction of Glass-Steagall from consideration …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Turn
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
With So Many Job Openings, Why So Little Hiring?  —  An odd puzzle is taking shape in the labor market: Over the past three years, the number of job openings has risen almost 50 percent, but actual hiring has gone up by less than 5 percent.  Companies are advertising a lot more jobs, in other words, but not filling them.
Discussion: National Review
U.S. News:
Pentagon to extend benefits to same-sex military couples — including 10 days of marriage leave  —  The U.S. Department of Defense is set to announce Wednesday that same-sex spouses of military service members will become eligible for a range of federal benefits as early as September, a senior official told NBC News.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Daily Kos
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
 
 
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Braden Goyette / The Huffington Post:
Google: Gmail Users Can't Legitimately Expect Privacy
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Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Conservative activists say data shows GOP shouldn't fear shutdown over Obamacare
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David Wolman / News Desk:
A Blunder at the Money Factory
Discussion: Business Insider and Reuters
Megan Schrader / Gazette:
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Erika Eichelberger / Mother Jones:
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe's former car company is signaling problems in his Virginia governor's race
Discussion: Right Turn
Politico:
Empty jobs plague Obama administration
Chicago Tribune:
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David Weigel / Slate:
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