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3:30 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.
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  —  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: CNN and Politico
Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN:
First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Politico and Hot Air
Washington Post:
TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's remarks on Egypt  —  President Obama delivered the following remarks on the unrest in Egypt on Aug. 15 in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody.  —  I just finished a discussion with my national security team about the situation in Egypt …
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
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
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
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: Hot Air
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin eyed as 2016 GOP debate moderators
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 …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Steve King's important insight
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Amanda Bynes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri legislator files suit to be exempted from contraception mandate in state health plan  —  • By Tim O'Neil 314-340-8132  —  ST. LOUIS  • A Missouri legislator asked the federal court on Wednesday to exempt his family from contraception coverage through …
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Yasser Okbi / Reuters:
Car bomb near Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut kills 20, injures 212
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Billy House /
What Can Republicans Learn From Steve Pearce?
Discussion: Salon, The Fix and Yahoo! News
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.
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
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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: emptywheel and Hillicon Valley
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Study: Journalism grads don't read newspapers, mags, books
Discussion: and Rush Limbaugh
Hoover Institution:
Losing the War on Drugs
Melinda Beck / Wall Street Journal:
Nurse Practitioners Seek Right To Treat Patients on Their Own
Discussion: AEIdeas