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6:45 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.
Jerusalem Post:
Egypt's ElBaradei resigns as VP after violent crackdown on Morsi backers
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   McCain suggests Kerry is partly to blame for violence in Egypt
Gulf News:
Xpress reporter killed in Egypt clashes
Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
The New York Times takes down the Clinton Foundation.  This could be devastating for Bill and Hillary  —  Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh?  Today it runs with a fascinating takedown of the Clinton Foundation - that vast vanity project that conservatives are wary …
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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 …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton power in 2016
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Autumn Chaos: Five Reasons To Fear Shutdown, Default  —  For all the gridlock in the age of President Obama and divided government, Congress has always, somehow, managed to avert a shutdown of the federal government and a catastrophic default on U.S. debt.  And so many expect it to pull …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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” …
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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
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Former Rep. Jackson Sentenced to 2½ Years
Discussion: The Week
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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, VodkaPundit and Twitchy
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
The High Cost of ObamaCare  —  This is the reason many people don't like ObamaCare.  It's also part of why people wind up making fun of the president at state fairs.  (On that, everyone should breathe deep and remember, as the noted political philosopher Orson Welles once put it …
Discussion: Mediaite, Betsy's Page and Hot Air
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Investigations:
Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Google: Gmail users shouldn't expect email privacy  —  Critics call revelation ‘a stunning admission’ as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit  —  Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing.
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Fox Business:
Source: New York Times Website Hit by Cyber Attack  —  The corporate and media sites of The New York Times (NYT) experienced a lengthy outage on Wednesday that a source close to the matter said appeared to be caused by a cyber attack, although the newspaper cited a scheduled maintenance update.
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 …
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
James Arkin / Politico:
‘Duck Dynasty’ star: Too busy for Hill bid  —  “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson said talks of him potentially running for Congress were “news to me.”  —  Some Republicans want Robertson to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana.
Discussion: Post Politics and Twitchy
 
 
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