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7:35 AM ET, August 16, 2013


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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds  —  The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
What Obama Misunderstands About Egypt  —  This morning, President Barack Obama condemned the Egyptian military's slaughter of Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers, and canceled joint military exercises scheduled for next month.  He said that the violence should stop and that “a process of national reconciliation should begin.”
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
Washington Post:
TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's remarks on Egypt
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Egyptian Media Creates a U.S. Senator Out of Thin Air
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
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 …
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Christie tells RNC: ‘My job is to win’ not debate
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Edward Snowden To HuffPost: Media Being Misled  —  NEW YORK — National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to set the record straight after individuals associated with his father have, in his words, “misled” journalists into “printing false claims about my situation.”
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ex-Washington Post ombudsman: ‘Fire Jennifer Rubin’
Discussion: City Desk
Eve of Destruction  —  It is almost impossible to find an establishment Republican in town who's not downright morose about the 2013 that has been and is about to be.  Most dance around it in public, but they see this year as a disaster in the making, even if most elected Republicans don't know it or admit it.
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Steve King's important insight
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 …
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Solar panels return to White House
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Michael Savage Predicts He Will Replace Hannity at Cumulus, Limbaugh Likely to Stay  —  Conservative radio host Michael Savage teased a “major announcement” on his website earlier today, and tonight, he delivered.  Savage predicted that he will be replacing Sean Hannity's time slot on Cumulus Media's network of stations.
Discussion: Politico and Pat Dollard
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Says He is ‘Too Famous,’ Would ‘Overshadow’ This GOP Event
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Hot Air
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 …
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.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
$67 Million Awarded to Groups Helping With Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday awarded $67 million to 105 groups around the country that will serve as “navigators” to help the uninsured understand their options under the new health care law and sign up for coverage.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
NY Daily News:
Request for gun permits in Newtown set to double last year's numbers: police  —  Police said the Connecticut town — where 26 students and six staffers were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School during gunman Adam Lanza's massacre — has already had 211 permit requests this year …
Jonathan Pollard / Jerusalem Post:
Restoring Israel to greatness  —  Speaking up for the first time in 28 years, Pollard reserves some tough words for Israel; says that a country with no respect for the dead has no respect for the living.  —  When tragedy strikes anywhere in the world, the State of Israel is always among …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Reporters Laugh When Obama's Spokesman Denies Another ‘End Run’ Around Congress  —  ( - 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 …
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows De Blasio, Quinn Tied  —  Thompson is close behind in front runners, while Weiner falls to back of the pack  —  New York City mayoral candidates Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio are running neck-and-neck in the race for the Democratic nomination, with each drawing support …
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Magical Economy Tour going about as well as you'd expect
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: The ‘Great Divider’ likes political speech only when it likes him
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Obama Trips Over Himself Again on Egypt
Yasser Okbi / Reuters:
Car bomb near Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut kills 20, injures 212
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
The Killing Machines
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is Inequality So Much Higher in the U.S. Than in France?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
The Post just got hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Here's who they are.
 Earlier Items: 
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Why Did a Tennessee Grade School Ban Pork?
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Congressman Doesn't Believe White Collar Crime On Wall Street Exists
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Jim Galloway / Ajc Blogs: &lsquo:
The new pro-gay agenda over at Fox News
Discussion: Advocate, The Raw Story and Mediaite
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Study: Journalism grads don't read newspapers, mags, books
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and
Hoover Institution:
Losing the War on Drugs