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5:45 PM ET, August 15, 2013

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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Christie raps potential 2016 rivals at Republican confab  —  Follow @politicaltickerFollow @PeterHambyCNN  —  Boston (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie planted himself firmly in the Republican Party's establishment wing Thursday with a pugnacious speech calling on his party to focus …
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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 …
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
Discussion: Eschaton
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Says He is ‘Too Famous,’ Would ‘Overshadow’ This GOP Event
Discussion: Hot Air
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bush daughter: Hillary Clinton should run  —  President George W. Bush's daughter Barbara said she would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.  —  Barbara Bush, 31, called Clinton “unbelievably accomplished” in an upcoming interview with People magazine, saying she wants to see the former first lady mount a campaign.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Non-Clinton Dems ask: Why not me?
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Patrick Pexton / City Desk:
Ombo Sauce: Advice for Jeff Bezos From the Post's Former In-House Critic  —  Dear Jeff:  —  Congratulations!  To paraphrase an old Riggs Bank saying, you've just bought the most important media institution in the most important city in the world; don't screw it up.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ex-Washington Post ombudsman: ‘Fire Jennifer Rubin’  —  Patrick Pexton, who served as The Washington Post's ombudsman until March of this year, has written an open letter to incoming Post owner Jeff Bezos in which he calls on him to make editorial page editor Fred Hiatt fire Jennifer Rubin, the paper's conservative columnist.
Discussion: City Desk
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.
New York Times:
Egypt Seethes as Toll Rises and Islamists Take to Streets  —  CAIRO — The death toll surpassed 500 on Thursday from Egypt's bloodiest crackdown on supporters of its deposed Islamist president, as violent new protests erupted in the country and world condemnation widened …
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EndPlay / KGTV-TV:
Great-grandmother accuses Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment  —  News conference set for 1:00 pm  —  SAN DIEGO - A great-grandmother will hold a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred early Thursday afternoon, alleging she is a sexual harassment victim of Mayor Bob Filner.
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Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Great-grandmother accuses Bob Filner
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Filner ‘Blurred Lines’ Parody Draws Criticism In San Diego (VIDEO)
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.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Administration awards $67M to ‘navigators’ promoting ObamaCare  —  The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department released $67 million in grants Wednesday for “navigators” who will help people make sense of new coverage options under ObamaCare.  —  The department said 105 organizations received …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jason Millman / Politico:
HHS announces Obamacare ‘navigators’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood to get ObamaCare ‘navigator’ funds
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Hagel's Science of Logic  —  The secretary compounds Obama's unlawful command influence.  —  “I won't be in a policy-making position,” Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel memorably declared during his confirmation hearings in February.  Six months later, Secretary Hagel is living up to that promise.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Hagel Tries to Blunt Effect of Obama Words on Sexual Assault Cases
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and National Review
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon unveils new measures to combat sexual assaults in military
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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 …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sony Finalizing Online Pay-TV Deal With Viacom  —  Preliminary Agreement Is a Boost for the Japanese Company as It Races to Secure Content Rights  —  By - AMOL SHARMA And - SHALINI RAMACHANDRAN -  —  Sony Corp. has reached a preliminary agreement with Viacom Inc. to carry …
Talking Points Memo:
Bryan Fischer: Obama Was Photoshopped Into Bin Laden Situation Room Photo (VIDEO)  —  Conservatives seeking to unveil the transgressions of President Barack Obama's presidency seized upon another target Thursday: the iconic photograph capturing a tense moment in the White House Situation Room …
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.
 
 
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Amanda Bynes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri legislator files suit to be exempted from contraception mandate in state health plan
Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
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Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Lesbian couple refused wedding cake files state discrimination complaint
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Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
This State Is Democrats' Best Chance to Pick Up a Senate Seat
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Andrew Kaczynski:
Republican Congressman: If We Try To Defund Obamacare, We Lose The House Of Representatives
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
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CNN:
Rep. Steve King: GOP under a “spell”
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
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