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11:40 AM ET, August 15, 2013

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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
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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 …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Booman Tribune
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.
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  —  Speaking at the Louisville Forum this week, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.  —  The comments come as several civil rights leaders announce …
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
NC elections boards move to curtail student voting
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rand Paul: No ‘objective evidence’ black voters being disenfranchised
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
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
Joanna M. Foster / ThinkProgress:
Secretary Moniz On Solyndra, Nuclear Power, And The Next Big Breakthroughs In Renewable Energy  —  Ernest Moniz has been Secretary of Energy since May, that is, for about a month prior to President Obama's announcement of his Climate Action Plan.  Before joining the President's cabinet …
Discussion: E2-Wire
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: ObamaCare benefit mandates pose few problems for states, insurers  —  Adopting new benefit mandates under ObamaCare will not require major changes or cost increases, according to a study released Wednesday.  —  Researchers at The Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation …
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 …
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: Occupy America blogs and WikiLeaks
CNN:
Reggie Love: Obama played cards on day Bin Laden was killed  —  (CNN) - A famous photo shows President Barack Obama hunkered down in the Situation Room in May 2011 with his national security team as U.S. Navy SEALS carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Love: Obama Played Cards During Osama Raid; 'I Can't Watch This Entire Thing,' Obama Said
 
 
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thenotebook.org:
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
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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’
Discussion: Shakesville, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
For Olympics' Corporate Sponsors, Tough Questions That Most Are Eager To Avoid
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Betsy / Spokesman.com:
Labrador to seek third term in Congress, not run for governor
Discussion: Roll Call, Politico and Ballot Box
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Student-Loan Load Kills Startup Dreams
Discussion: AEIdeas and National Review
Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman invites Missouri rodeo clown to perform in Texas
Fox Business:
Source: New York Times Website Hit by Cyber Attack
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James Arkin / Politico:
‘Duck Dynasty’ star: Too busy for Hill bid
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