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2:30 PM ET, August 14, 2013

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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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Josh Levs / CNN:
Tent camps turned to bloody war zone: ‘Just the beginning’ for Egypt  —  Are you there?  Send us your images, but please stay safe.  —  Cairo (CNN) — In a matter of hours Wednesday, two peaceful protest camps in Cairo turned into unrecognizable war zones.  And the violence is still under way.
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Agence France Presse:
Morsi supporters ‘torch three churches’ in Egypt
Discussion: National Review and Jihad Watch
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Egyptian security forces storm protesters' camps
Guardian:   Egypt security forces clear Cairo protests - live
New York Times:
Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins
Discussion: Gawker and The Hugh Hewitt Show
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
Discussion: Guardian, The Fix, @NCCapitol and msnbc.com
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.
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
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon to grant benefits to same-sex couples by September
Discussion: Reuters and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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: Althouse
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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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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  August 14, 2013 - Spitzer Has 19-Pt Lead In New York City Comptroller Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Men, Women, Blacks Back Him Big  —  With no gender gap and a lead among black voters of more than 3-1, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer tops Manhattan Borough President …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and theGrio
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, emptywheel and Yahoo! News
WKYT-TV:
McConnell says government shutdown won't stop Obamacare  — McConnell says government shutdown wouldn't stop Obamacare  —  CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) -  —  A government shutdown would not prevent the Affordable Care Act from being funded, Kentucky's senior senator said Tuesday.
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congress' Approval Rating Remains Near Historical Lows  —  Fourteen percent approve and 81% disapprove  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fourteen percent of Americans now approve of Congress and 81% disapprove.  Americans' views of Congress have been highly stable, and highly negative, throughout the year.
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 …
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
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Obama hits the links on Martha's Vineyard after Egypt briefing (Video)  —  President Obama on Wednesday headed out for a round of golf after being briefed on the violence in Egypt.  —  The president hit the links at Martha's Vineyard for the third time in four days after a morning security briefing …
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
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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