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1:00 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 …
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
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.”
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
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
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.
Issandr El Amrani / The Arabist:
It only gets worse from here  —  You could ask a thousand questions about the violence that has shaken Egypt, from why police decided to move now against Islamist sit-ins and with such brutality after making so much of its careful planning in the last week, to whether the attacks on churches …
The Matt Walsh Blog:
An apology letter to Mr. Obama  —  I'm reaching out to you as a friend.  I know you must be deeply hurting after what happened at the Missouri State Fair.  Sure, you probably try to avoid watching the news while you're on vacation, but I'm sure the pilot who airlifted your dog to your rental mansion …
Discussion: protein wisdom and BREITBART.COM
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Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman invites Missouri rodeo clown to perform in Texas
 
 
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
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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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