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2:15 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
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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Mark Landler / New York Times:
In Rebuke to Egypt, Obama Cancels Joint Military Exercises
Discussion: Booman Tribune and WFPL
Reuters:
Protesters storm building in Cairo, Egypt death reaches 525
Discussion: The Week, WFPL and Pat Dollard
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
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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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
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Editor's note  —  By Washington Post Editors, Published: August 15 at 11:16 am  —  Washington Post Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz: “A few days ago, The Syrian Electronic Army, allegedly, subjected Post newsroom employees to a sophisticated phishing attack to gain password information.
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 …
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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
Russell Simmons / Global Grind:
I Get It And I Respect It...The Harriet Tubman Video Has Been Removed.  —  In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I've never taken down a controversial comedian.  When my buddies from the NAACP called and asked me to take down the Harriet Tubman video from the All Def Digital YouTube channel and apologize, I agreed.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Mediaite, BBC, theGrio and Colorlines
TMZ.com:
WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out — I'm Gay  —  WWE superstar Darren Young just dropped a bombshell, telling TMZ, he's gay ... and no, this isn't part of the act.  —  Darren was at LAX Wednesday when we asked whether a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE, and Darren laughed, saying, “Absolutely.
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Enough Is Enough  —  It's time for Washington to cut Egypt loose.  —  With blood in Egypt's streets and a return to a state of emergency, it's time for Washington to stop pretending.  Its efforts to maintain its lines of communication with the Egyptian military, quietly mediate the crisis …
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Washington Wire:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks on Egypt
Discussion: RT
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
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: If We Try To Defund ObamaCare We Will Lose The House  —  “And whether we win the battle or not, we've lost the war because Nancy Pelosi's now speaker of the House.”  —  View Video ›  —  Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Wednesday that if Republicans went forward …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Kevin Spacey: ‘House of Cards’ Congress ‘gets s—t done’  —  Kevin Spacey, who plays the House majority whip on the popular Netflix series “House of Cards,” poked fun at the real-life Congress Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report.”  —  “Look, it's obviously a fiction show because it's …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Norm Ornstein / NationalJournal.com:
Second-Term Blues  —  Rampant tribalism makes rocky path faced …
Discussion: Politico
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Lesbian couple refused wedding cake files state discrimination complaint
Discussion: Fox News and Pat Dollard
Jessicamarcus / CBS New York:
Christie To Decide By Friday Whether To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill For Kids
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Hit & Run
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
This State Is Democrats' Best Chance to Pick Up a Senate Seat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP presidential hopefuls seek to distance themselves from Romney
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
PHOTOS: Keith Olbermann's Triumphant Return to ESPN
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Rep. Steve King: GOP under a “spell”
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Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
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Ben Livingston / The Stranger …:
Cops to Distribute Bags of Chips at Hempfest (Really!)
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gawker
Joanna M. Foster / ThinkProgress:
Secretary Moniz On Solyndra, Nuclear Power, And The Next Big Breakthroughs In Renewable Energy
Discussion: E2-Wire
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: ObamaCare benefit mandates pose few problems for states, insurers