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1:20 PM ET, August 15, 2013

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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2016 President: Republican Outsiders Rising  —  Plus: Could anyone beat Clinton in a primary?  —  Our most recent rating of Republican presidential contenders features a top tier of three notably different candidates: A Midwestern governor (Scott Walker) who is known best by the activists …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Non-Clinton Dems ask: Why not me?  —  Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to meet the lesser-known Democrats of 2016.  —  After a slow start — by the hyperactive standards of contemporary politics — to the next round of presidential maneuvering on the Democratic side, the first signs of life …
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Lara Seligman / Ballot Box:
GOP fears '16 free-for-all will help Clinton  —  GOP strategists are starting to worry that the sheer number of potential candidates for the party's 2016 presidential nomination could give an advantage to Democrats.  —  More than two dozen Republicans are eyeing the GOP presidential nomination …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton considering academic options  —  Hillary Clinton is fielding offers from colleges and universities — including Harvard and her law school alma mater, Yale — to give her a formal academic role, a move that would give her a platform outside her family's foundation.
New York Times:
Death Toll in Egypt Clashes Climbs to 525  —  CAIRO — The death toll from Egypt's bloody crackdown on supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, soared beyond 500 across the land on Thursday with more than 3,700 people injured, the Health Ministry said, in a further sign of the extent …
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Associated Press:
Obama Scraps US Military Exercises With Egypt
Washington Wire:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks on Egypt
Discussion: RT
CNN:
Obama says U.S. ‘deplores’ Egyptian violence
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama's unconstitutional steps worse than Nixon's  —  President Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency.  Desperation fuels arrogance as, barely 200 days into the 1,462 days of his second term …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin eyed as 2016 GOP debate moderators  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS REPUBLICAN PARTY CNN NBC HILLARY CLINTON RUSH LIMBAUGH 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS  —  The Republican National Committee, already threatening to block CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 primary debates …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Hastert Rule Writ Large  —  The twin axioms at the very heart of the Republican Party's current travails are (1) Republicans have failed in the past by listening to the siren songs of MSM respectability and “swing voter” appeal, and need to determine their own policies and strategies by themselves …
Discussion: Eschaton
Raleigh News & Observer:
McCrory offers shallow rhetoric to justify Voter ID law  —  Even as Gov. Pat McCrory put pen to paper Monday, specifically the pen that signed the Voter ID bill into law, two lawsuits were on the way in federal court, a third was being readied for state court, and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rand Paul: No ‘objective evidence’ black voters being disenfranchised
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's Economic Approval Slips to 35%  —  Was 42% in June; decline mirrors drop in overall approval  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Despite President Barack Obama's renewed focus on the nation's economy this summer, crisscrossing the country to talk about job creation, he scores worse with Americans on the economy than he did in June.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Filner ‘Blurred Lines’ Parody Draws Criticism In San Diego (VIDEO)  —  A parody video calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign has drawn criticism from some Southern California media outlets this week.  —  U-T TV, a news station launched by the U-T San Diego newspaper …
Discussion: Power Line and Voice of San Diego
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bob Filner?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Plum Line
PARADE Magazine:
Michelle Obama on the Move  —  What will Michelle Obama do next?  In this weekend's issue, Parade talks to the first lady and finds out: She's taking her fight against childhood obesity to the next level, gearing up for parenting teenagers, and admitting she's hit her stride in the White House.
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
CNN:
Rep. Steve King: GOP under a “spell”  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continued to defend his comments on immigration reform during an interview with New Day's Kate Bolduan, explaining that most Republicans agreed with him before the presidential election, but are now cast under a “spell.”
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
PHOTOS: Keith Olbermann's Triumphant Return to ESPN  —  It was March 19, 2012, an unseasonably warm, late-winter evening.  They were in the capacious dining room of the Four Seasons Restaurant on Manhattan's East 52nd Street.  “I had never met Keith despite his prominence in the history of ESPN …
Discussion: Politico
Gregory D. Johnsen / The Atlantic Online:
Did an 8-Year-Old Spy for America?  —  When U.S. allies in Yemen needed help targeting an alleged al-Qaeda operative for an American drone strike, evidence suggests they turned to one of the people closest to him.  —  as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney crisscrossed America in a final mad scramble along …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
This September May Be New York City's Voting Apocalypse  —  On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio became the latest frontrunner in New York City's mayoral election, a race which has seen several major shifts in polling.  Whoever emerges victorious in the first round of the Democratic primary next month …
Discussion: Politicker
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
California Supreme Court rejects bid to revive Prop.  8  —  Adam Chandler, 33, left, and Ivan Chandler, 38, both of Citrus Heights, wait in line to get married at San Francisco City Hall on June 29 after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on gay marriage in California.
 
 
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An apology letter to Mr. Obama
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Lara Seligman / The Hill:
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: ObamaCare benefit mandates pose few problems for states, insurers
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Ohio's Kasich Seeks a Softer GOP
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guest Doubts Hillary Presidency's Foreign Policy: ‘Al Qaeda Not Headed By Women’
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