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2:50 AM ET, August 15, 2013

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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
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:   Obamacare exemption — none dare call it treason
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Manning, Facing Prison for Leaks, Apologizes at Court-Martial Trial  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is facing up to 90 years in prison for leaking 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks, apologized on Wednesday for the “unintended consequences of my actions.”
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
WikiLeaks: Manning's apology was forced
Discussion: WikiLeaks
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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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.
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
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Daily Mail:
Horrifying moment Egyptian protestors pushed an armoured police van 50ft off a bridge before officers were stoned by mob  — After it landed, protesters attacked it and threw stones at the wreckage while under fire from police  — Not clear how many people were on board …
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Jerusalem Post:
Egypt's ElBaradei resigns as VP after violent crackdown on Morsi backers
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh Levs / CNN:
Tent camps turned to bloody war zone: ‘Just the beginning’ for Egypt
Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Gay marriages remain legal in California  —  Barring an unforeseen legal bombshell, gay marriage is here to stay in California.  —  In a one-line order, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to halt same-sex marriages throughout the state, rejecting the latest legal bid to revive Proposition 8's ban on gay nuptials.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Divining the Regulatory Goals of Fed Rivals  —  WASHINGTON — Lawrence H. Summers, as Treasury secretary, presided over the group of senior Clinton administration officials who reached the fateful decision in the late 1990s that there was no need to regulate a new family of financial transactions known as over-the-counter derivatives.
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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.
Discussion: Gawker, Poynter and Runnin' Scared
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.
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — On the first floor of Jordan Hall at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is a 12-by-8 room that, at first glance, looks like a rundown storage space.  The floor is a mix of white, teal and purple tiles, in a pattern reminiscent of the 1970s.
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 …
Betsy / Spokesman.com:
Labrador to seek third term in Congress, not run for governor  —  1st District Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador announced this afternoon that he'll seek a third term in Congress, not run for governor.  “I've decided to end all the speculation and announce that I have no plans at this time to run for Governor …
Discussion: Roll Call, Politico and Ballot Box
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
For Olympics' Corporate Sponsors, Tough Questions That Most Are Eager To Avoid  —  But GE steps forward over LGBT rights in Russia: “We expect the IOC to uphold human rights in every aspect of the Games.”  Other Olympics sponsors back the International Olympic Committee attempt to avoid conflict with Putin.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
A Postscript on William Clark  —  One of the great and sometimes overlooked resources for researchers on modern presidents is the Oral History Project of the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.  The oral histories they compiled were invaluable resources for my own Reagan book research …
Discussion: National Review
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).
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 …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guest Doubts Hillary Presidency's Foreign Policy: ‘Al Qaeda Not Headed By Women’  —  Morning Joe guest and advertising executive Donny Deutsch quickly found himself in the deep end of a discussion on Hillary Clinton and gender Wednesday morning, when he argued that while a female president …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
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.
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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