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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
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.
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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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul: 'I Don't Think There Is Any Particular Evidence' Of Black Voters Being Prevented From Voting  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a tea party senator with a long history of opposition to civil rights laws, told an audience in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday that there is no evidence of black voters being excluded from the franchise.
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.
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
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 …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   McCain suggests Kerry is partly to blame for violence in Egypt
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.
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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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
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 …
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 …
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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.
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
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
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Bradley Manning Makes Statement During Sentencing Phase of His Trial (Live Updates)  —  11:25 AM EST The Judge issued a ruling that much of militant Islam expert Youssef Aboul-Enein's testimony on Al Qaeda was admissible evidence.  —  11:10 AM EST Cpt.  Michael Worsley, a clinical psychiatrist expert …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
kff.org:
Quantifying Tax Credits for People Now Buying Insurance on Their Own  —  A number of states have recently released information on what premiums will be in the individual insurance market in 2014, when significant changes in that market take effect due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Yahoo! News
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
National Review:
No Conference  —  Chuck Schumer has spent the better part of a year saying how essential it is that immigration reform be dealt with in a comprehensive bill.  But he has had a sudden change of heart.  He now says he is fine with the incremental approach emerging in the House.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Pressure on Fed Pick Irks White House  —  Obama Aides Send Message to Democrats to Curb Lobbying as President Weighs Candidates for Next Central Bank Chief  —  Surprised and irritated to see Senate Democrats touting a preferred candidate for Federal Reserve chairman …
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: Lawfare, Hit & Run and msnbc.com
 
 
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Robert B. Reich / New York Times:
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Discussion: BillMoyers.com
Mitch Blacher / KGTV-TV:
Carl DeMaio says he tried to bring up Bob Filner's behavior toward women during campaign
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Ben White / Politico:
Glass-Steagall resolution pulled - No charges for JPM ‘Whale’ - Break-up-the-banks fever hits states
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Braden Goyette / The Huffington Post:
Google: Gmail Users Can't Legitimately Expect Privacy
Discussion: Firedoglake and GigaOM
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and Weekly Standard
Politico:
Empty jobs plague Obama administration
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Cory Booker Wins But Almost No One Votes
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rand Paul: 'I'm not a birther,' declines to address Cruz's eligibility for president
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story