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9:55 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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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 …
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 …
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Christie tells RNC: ‘My job is to win’ not debate  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday urged the GOP to move past fractious internal debates and focus on policies to win back voters, saying his goal was to “win.”  —  “We are not a debating society,” he said in an address …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Hastert Rule Writ Large
Discussion: Eschaton
Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN:
First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
It's Official: Obama Has Surpassed Jimmy Carter  —  Jimmy Carter infamously declared that America suffered from an “inordinate fear of Communism,” but at least, as far as I can recall, he didn't actively promote or side with Communist movements.  Today Communism has collapsed …
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
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Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Obama On Egypt: 'We Don't Take Sides'
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
This blood is on the hands of Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Death Toll in Egypt Surpasses 600
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.
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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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 …
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
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.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Edward Snowden Talks With His Father  —  But Lawyers for Both Sides Disapproved of the Internet Chat  —  MOSCOW—Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and his father spoke for the first time since late May early Thursday, going against the wishes of their lawyers …
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
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.
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Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
The Post just got hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Here's who they are.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, Mashable and Reuters
Jason Millman / Politico:
HHS announces Obamacare ‘navigators’  —  More than 100 groups will split $67 million to help people “navigate” the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges — more money than the administration initially said would be available but short of what advocates say will be needed to help people sign up …
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood to get ObamaCare ‘navigator’ funds
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
White House solar panels being installed this week  —  After nearly three years, the White House began installing solar panels on the First Family's residence this week, a White House official confirmed Thursday.  —  The Obama administration had pledged in October 2010 to put solar panels …
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Solar panels return to White House
Amanda Bynes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri legislator files suit to be exempted from contraception mandate in state health plan  —  • By Tim O'Neil toneil@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8132  —  ST. LOUIS  • A Missouri legislator asked the federal court on Wednesday to exempt his family from contraception coverage through …
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Reporters Laugh When Obama's Spokesman Denies Another ‘End Run’ Around Congress  —  (CNSNews.com) - The White House press corps laughed when President Obama's spokesman on Wednesday said the president, in directing the Federal Communications Commission to raise cell phone taxes to pay …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon unveils new measures to combat sexual assaults in military  —  The Pentagon on Thursday unveiled a series of new initiatives designed to address the problem of sexual assault in the military and give greater protections to victims.  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Hagel's Science of Logic
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.
 
 
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Why Did a Tennessee Grade School Ban Pork?
Discussion: Jihad Watch
ThinkProgress:
Congressman Doesn't Believe White Collar Crime On Wall Street Exists
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Jim Galloway / Ajc Blogs: &lsquo:
The new pro-gay agenda over at Fox News
Discussion: Advocate, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
Q&A: Senator Ron Wyden on NSA Surveillance and Government Transparency
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and emptywheel
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Study: Journalism grads don't read newspapers, mags, books
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Rush Limbaugh
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Egyptian Media Creates a U.S. Senator Out of Thin Air
Hoover Institution:
Losing the War on Drugs
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Says He is ‘Too Famous,’ Would ‘Overshadow’ This GOP Event
Discussion: Hot Air
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Melinda Beck / Wall Street Journal:
Nurse Practitioners Seek Right To Treat Patients on Their Own
Discussion: AEIdeas
Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
Slow and Steady Wins the Anti-Keystone XL Race
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
This State Is Democrats' Best Chance to Pick Up a Senate Seat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Kaczynski:
Republican Congressman: If We Try To Defund Obamacare, We Lose The House Of Representatives
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Bruna Nessif / E! Online:
NEWS/ Andy Cohen Turns Down Miss Universe Hosting Gig in Russia: “Their Discriminatory Policies …