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6:20 PM ET, August 16, 2013


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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
CORRECTED: GOP CHIEF: Mitt Romney's ‘Self-Deportation’ Quote Was ‘Horrific’  —  Correction, 12:26 p.m. ET: An original version of this story said that Reince Priebus referred to Mitt Romney's comments as “racist.”  He said it “hurts us.”  Business Insider regrets the error.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox TV Studios Won't Produce NBC Hillary Clinton Miniseries (Exclusive)  —  The project has prompted the Republican National Committee to ban the network from hosting 2016 presidential debates.  —  The tantalizing spectacle of Fox Television Studios producing a Hillary Clinton miniseries …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
RNC's NBC, CNN boycott will extend to Telemundo, CNN Espanol  —  In a highly anticipated move, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously on Friday to deny NBC and CNN the rights to host or sponsor a Republican primary debate unless they cancel their respective Hillary Clinton film projects.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republican National Committee votes to ban NBC, CNN from debates  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) voted unanimously Friday to pull the group's partnership with NBC and CNN for the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates unless the networks kill their planned films on Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Gawker and Daily Kos
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Unanimously Passes Resolution, No Debates For NBC Or CNN
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The key part of the RNC resolution on NBC and CNN debates
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Politico
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.
Marc Tracy / The New Republic:
New Snowden Docs Show We Don't Even Know What We Don't Know
Washington Post:
NSA report on privacy violations in the first quarter of 2012
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Techdirt
Washington Post:
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited
Fox News:
Egyptian military chief vows to rebuild Coptic Churches  —  The Egyptian defense minister has ordered the repair and reconstruction of all churches that suffered damage in the country's violent demonstrations since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power last month.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
The Truth About Egypt  —  Egypt looks dodgier than ever right now.
Discussion: Guardian
President Bill Clinton / Clinton Foundation:
AN OPEN LETTER FROM BILL CLINTON  —  The Clinton Foundation was founded on the belief that we could help people in the United States and around the world solve problems and seize opportunities faster, better, and at lower cost.  The Foundation works with governments, businesses, NGOs …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Post Politics
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Political rent-seeking and her expected coronation.
Discussion: CNN, NewsBusters and Moonbattery
Patrick Gavin / Reuters:
Critics laud John Oliver's hosting tenure  —  When longtime “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart announced this spring that he would be taking a leave of absence from the show in order to pursue a film project, fans of the show wondered how the critically acclaimed program could survive without its leader as …
Jerry Del Colliano / Inside Music Media:
Hannity Fires Cumulus  —  Sean Hannity gave Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey a taste of his own medicine.  —  He fired Cumulus.  —  Rejected an offer to extend his contract.  —  And, according to sources, said the company treats its employees “like dirt, s**t, sub-human”.  —  Wow!
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Right says grassroots support building for ObamaCare shutdown  —  House conservatives say grassroots support is building for their effort to risk a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare.  —  Conservatives who back the strategy said their spines have been stiffened by support at town hall meetings.
Sam Baker / The Hill:   Issa threatens ObamaCare subpoena
Laura Koran / CNN:
Area 51 officially acknowledged, mapped in newly released documents  —  (CNN) — Area 51 has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but newly released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed.
Discussion: Hot Air and ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
Media Watchdog Group Asks Fox's ‘Dads’ to Reshoot ‘Racist’ Scenes  —  The Media Action Network for Asian Americans fires off a letter to executives, criticizing the comedy's “racial and sexual stereotypes” and blasting co-creator Alec Sulkin for an insensitive tweet he wrote in reference to the tsunami that hit Japan two years ago.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough: Talkers on Radio, TV Tell Voters 'If You're Not White,' ‘Not Welcome’ in GOP  —  On Friday morning, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, blasted Republicans for focusing on the wrong issues in their efforts to reassemble a coalition of voters that can win national elections.
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
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker accuses Clinton of lying to lawmakers about Benghazi
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Philadelphia Borrows So Its Schools Open on Time
Erica Meltzer Camera / Daily Camera:
Boulder County DA Stan Garnett clears all 17 suspected illegal voters
Victoria McGrane / Wall Street Journal:
Fed May Hedge End of Bond Buys
Discussion: Wonkblog and MoneyBeat
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Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Two-Front War  —  It's clear by now that if conservatives …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Dave Camp won't run for Senate in 2014
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama and family go bike-riding on Martha's Vineyard after Egypt briefing
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Axelrod: More ObamaCare changes likely on the way
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, Politico and Hot Air
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
Defying Reagan, Obama Returns Solar Panels to the White House
New York Times:
No Banker Left Behind
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather