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7:10 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.
John Fund / National Review:
Taking Back the GOP Debates
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republican National Committee votes to ban NBC, CNN from debates
Discussion: Twitchy, The Raw Story, Gawker and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The key part of the RNC resolution on NBC and CNN debates
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Politico
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Unanimously Passes Resolution, No Debates For NBC Or CNN
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Marc Tracy / The New Republic:
New Snowden Docs Show We Don't Even Know What We Don't Know  —  In 2008, the National Security Agency illicitly—if accidentally—intercepted a “large number” of phone calls from Washington, D.C. because an error confused Egypt's country code—"20"—with, yes, “202.”
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
4 questions with Ted Cruz on defunding Obamacare
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!
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Legislator Posts Stream Of Racist Tweets  —  Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe recently tweeted his outrage that “blacks” beat up a white teenager without notice by the “liberal press,” endorsed the “crowd pleasing” antics of a Missouri State Fair clown who wore a Barack Obama mask …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker accuses Clinton of lying to lawmakers about Benghazi  —  Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted at lawmakers and deliberately lied to them in a private meeting about last year's deadly strike on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Friday.
Discussion: The Hill
Josiah Ryan / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
WATCH: Wikileaks founder Assange praises Sen. Rand Paul, journalist Matt Drudge  —  College-aged support for libertarians and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) represents the United States' “only hope” in politics, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told Campus Reform early Friday morning.
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Entrepreneurship: The Ultimate White Privilege?  —  A new study finds that future entrepreneurs score high on measures of teenage delinquency.  They're also disproportionately white, highly educated, and male.  Here's why that might not be a coincidence.  —  One of the great privileges …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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.
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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
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Dave Camp won't run for Senate in 2014
Discussion: Politico and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
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: Politico, Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Moment of Truthiness  —  We all know how democracy is supposed to work.
Discussion: JustOneMinute