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12:30 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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Washington Wire:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks on Egypt  —  President Barack Obama canceled plans for joint military exercises with Egypt and condemned the violence that has swept the country.  He delivered a statement on Egypt this morning from his vacation home on Martha's Vineyard.
Discussion: RT
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Phillip M. Bailey / WFPL:
Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections
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.
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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David Weigel / Slate:
Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning “Urban Gangs” Into His Personal Police Force  —  Taking a break from plotting to recruit thugs for his private mafia, President Obama vacations in Martha's Vineyard.  —  The controversy over Orson Scott Card's opposition to gay marriage appears to have simmered down.
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
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.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Post Politics
Bruna Nessif / E! Online:
NEWS/ Andy Cohen Turns Down Miss Universe Hosting Gig in Russia: “Their Discriminatory Policies Make It Unsafe for the Gays”  —  The Miss Universe pageant will be missing one familiar face this year.  —  Andy Cohen will not be taking his regular post as cohost of the 2013 Miss Universe competition …
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
The Huffington Post:
Manning: 'I'm Sorry'  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
WikiLeaks: Manning's apology was forced
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and WikiLeaks
Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
House GOP looking to tie Obamacare to debt limit  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPUBLICAN PARTY HEALTH CARE DEBT CEILING  —  After getting some feedback from Capitol Hill sources on an earlier post about the upcoming continuing resolution fight …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Autumn Chaos: Five Reasons To Fear Shutdown, Default
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
 
 
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thenotebook.org:
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Joanna M. Foster / ThinkProgress:
Secretary Moniz On Solyndra, Nuclear Power, And The Next Big Breakthroughs In Renewable Energy
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: ObamaCare benefit mandates pose few problems for states, insurers
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bob Filner?
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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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Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
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Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman invites Missouri rodeo clown to perform in Texas