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3:35 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republicans vote to ban NBC, CNN from presidential 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 and Daily Kos
James Hohmann / Politico:
RNC approves skipping NBC/CNN debates
Discussion: Mediaite
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Unanimously Passes Resolution, No Debates For NBC Or CNN
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
GOP Votes To Punish Networks Over Clinton Projects
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.
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
Discussion: Techdirt
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.”
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.
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: The ‘Great Divider’ likes political speech only when it likes him
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Washington Post
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.
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.
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.
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!
Discussion: American Spectator and NewsBusters
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Michael Savage Predicts He Will Replace Hannity at Cumulus, Limbaugh Likely to Stay
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
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 …
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Axelrod: More ObamaCare changes likely on the way  —  Former Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod suggested Friday that further changes to the president's signature health care law are on the horizon.  —  Asked on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” if the administration would tweak the law after it is implemented …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, Politico and Hot Air
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Joe Picard / The Hill:
Right says grassroots support building for ObamaCare shutdown
Mario Trujillo / Ballot Box:
Giuliani to host NY fundraiser for Christie
Discussion: CNN
Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Two-Front War  —  It's clear by now that if conservatives …
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Energy Dept. hacked; 14,000 employees affected
Discussion: The Verge
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Issa threatens ObamaCare subpoena
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
 Earlier Items: 
Adam J. White / Weekly Standard:
The Regulatory Court  —  The D.C. Circuit takes center stage, one more time
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Political rent-seeking and her expected coronation.
Discussion: CNN, Moonbattery and NewsBusters
New York Times:
No Banker Left Behind
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Jonathan Pollard / Jerusalem Post:
Restoring Israel to greatness
Discussion: and Israel Matzav
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Edward Snowden To HuffPost: Media Being Misled