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11:50 AM ET, August 16, 2013

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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
GOP CHIEF: Mitt Romney's ‘Self-Deportation’ Quote Was ‘Racist’ And ‘Horrific’  —  BOSTON — In condemning Rep. Steve King's incendiary comments on immigration, RNC chairman Reince Priebus swept in his party's presidential nominee, saying that talk of “self-deportation” was “horrific” and even “racist.”
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Politico:
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: The Plum Line
James Hohmann / Politico:
With Clinton vote, RNC pushes back on debates  —  BOSTON — The Republican National Committee will pass a resolution Friday to bar NBC and CNN from hosting GOP primary debates in 2016 if the networks move forward with their Hillary Clinton projects.  —  But the vote is not just about Clinton.
John Fund / National Review:
Taking Back the GOP Debates  —  The summer meetings of national political parties are usually quiet affairs, but this week's Republican National Committee meeting in Boston is full of controversy about who should moderate and run the 2016 GOP presidential-primary debates.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
GOP Votes To Punish Networks Over Clinton Projects
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP to vote Friday on banning NBC, CNN from debates
Discussion: Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The key part of the RNC resolution on NBC and CNN debates
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Christie raps potential 2016 rivals at Republican confab
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.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited  —  The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government's vast spying programs said that its ability do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans.
Washington Post:   NSA report on privacy violations in the first quarter of 2012
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.”
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Elizabeth Chuck / World News:
Egypt may avoid civil war — but bloody conflict could continue for years
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
It's Official: Obama Has Surpassed Jimmy Carter
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.”
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Hot Air and The Hill
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
Defying Reagan, Obama Returns Solar Panels to the White House  —  Now that the tedium of the 2012 campaign is over, President Obama is making good on his 2010 pledge to put solar panels on top of the White House.  The panels (American-made, of course) will be the second set the building has ever seen.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and E2-Wire
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Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: The ‘Great Divider’ likes political speech only when it likes him
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Washington Post
Politicker:
Anthony Weiner's Relationship With Former Staffer Raises Questions  —  Anthon Weiner.  (Photo: Getty)  —  Before he married his wife, former Congressman Anthony Weiner had a previously undisclosed relationship with an on-again-off-again congressional and campaign aide nearly two decades his junior.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Moment of Truthiness  —  We all know how democracy is supposed to work.  Politicians are supposed to campaign on the issues, and an informed public is supposed to cast its votes based on those issues, with some allowance for the politicians' perceived character and competence.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Judy Quest / CNN:
A real clown wouldn't mock Obama  —  Editor's note: Judy Quest is a board member and past president of Clowns of America International, an organization of clowns that promotes the craft.  She has been a clown for 32 years and has trained hundreds of clowns.  She writes regularly for clown journals.
New York Times:
No Banker Left Behind  —  The Detroit bankruptcy case has been cast as a contest between bondholders and pensioners that can be resolved only by shared sacrifice.  —  In principle, we have no problem with that, though in practice, the pensioners' fair share will have to take into account …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Adam J. White / Weekly Standard:
The Regulatory Court  —  The D.C. Circuit takes center stage, one more time  —  The Supreme Court closed shop weeks ago, not to return until October.  And for the third summer in a row, no Supreme Court confirmation fight occupies headlines.  But in its absence, President Obama has thrust another court …
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Political rent-seeking and her expected coronation.
Discussion: CNN, Moonbattery and NewsBusters
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough: Talkers on Radio, TV Tell Voters 'If You're Not White,' ‘Not Welcome’ in GOP
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Axelrod: More ObamaCare changes likely on the way
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Officials add millions of dollars to ObamaCare enrollment drive
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and WJLA-TV
Jonathan Pollard / Jerusalem Post:
Restoring Israel to greatness
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
What Can Republicans Learn From Steve Pearce?
Discussion: Salon, The Fix and Yahoo! News
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Michael Savage Predicts He Will Replace Hannity at Cumulus, Limbaugh Likely to Stay
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: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Why Did a Tennessee Grade School Ban Pork?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Jihad Watch
ThinkProgress:
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