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8:20 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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Autumn Chaos: Five Reasons To Fear Shutdown, Default
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:   Obamacare exemption — none dare call it treason
Fox News:
Egypt awakes from curfew as official death toll rises to 421  —  Cairo and 14 other provinces in Egypt awoke from a curfew Thursday following the bloodiest day since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the country's military.  —  Egypt's Health Ministry said Thursday morning …
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Egypt's ElBaradei resigns as VP after violent crackdown on Morsi backers
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Lara Seligman / Ballot Box:
Republicans fear 2016 free-for-all will only boost Hillary 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 …
Discussion: Politico
Tim Stanley /
The New York Times takes down the Clinton Foundation.  This could be devastating for Bill and Hillary
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” …
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 …
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
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
WikiLeaks: Manning's apology was forced  —  WikiLeaks late Wednesday described Bradley Manning's apology as “forced” but, nonetheless, called on a court to take “compassion” and “understanding” into account during his sentencing.  —  Earlier Wednesday, the former Army intelligence analyst apologized …
Discussion: WikiLeaks
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Manning, Facing Prison for Leaks, Apologizes at Court-Martial Trial
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Betsy /
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: Politico, Roll Call and Ballot Box
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico  —  Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.  —  According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News …
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.
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
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Ohio's Kasich Seeks a Softer GOP  —  Gov. John Kasich Promotes Blend of Conservative Orthodoxy Leavened With Liberal Policies  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio—Digging into a bowl of chicken soup at a Bob Evans restaurant, John Kasich does what comes naturally to governors: He boasts about his state's financial outlook.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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.
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
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
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Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein and Durbin: How to close Gitmo
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‘Duck Dynasty’ star: Too busy for Hill bid
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Peggy Noonan's Blog:
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Discussion: Mediaite and Investigations
Frederick N. Rasmussen / Baltimore Sun:
Jack W. Germond, political columnist, dies at 85
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul: 'I Don't Think There Is Any Particular Evidence' Of Black Voters Being Prevented From Voting
National Review:
No Conference  —  Chuck Schumer has spent the better part …
Robert B. Reich / New York Times:
The Real Price of Congress's Gridlock
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
With So Many Job Openings, Why So Little Hiring?