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10:00 AM ET, August 18, 2013


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Associated Press:
Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches  —  CAIRO (AP) — After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge.  Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: EGYPT SENDING DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO RUSSIA  —  As the situation in Egypt escalates, a source with very close ties to the Egyptian government tells Breitbart News that the country is preparing to send a diplomatic mission to Russia.  While the Obama Administration sends conflicting messages …
New York Times:
How American Hopes for a Deal in Egypt Were Undercut  —  CAIRO — For a moment, at least, American and European diplomats trying to defuse the volatile standoff in Egypt thought they had a breakthrough.  —  As thousands of Islamist supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi …
Nickarama / Weasel Zippers:
In The Absence Of American Response, The Egyptian Government May Be Turning To Russia For Help  —  As the situation in Egypt escalates, a source with very close ties to the Egyptian government tells Breitbart News that the country is preparing to send a diplomatic mission to Russia.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pat Dollard
Washington Post:
Our Correspondents on Twitter  —  Security forces clear #Cairo mosque after standoff with anti-government protesters middle_east/standoff-in-egypt-between- anti-government-protesters-and-the- military/2013/08/17/32502f3c-0730-11e3- 9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html via @washingtonpost #Egypt
Naomi Schaefer Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Russell Moore: From Moral Majority to ‘Prophetic Minority’  —  The new leader of the Southern Baptist political arm says Christians have lost the culture and need to act accordingly.  —  'The Bible Belt is collapsing," says Russell Moore.  Oddly, the incoming president …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Dems Rally Their Legions of Haters for 2014  —  This email arrived yesterday from MoveOn, whose communications are generally indistinguishable from those of the Democratic Party.  The subject line was “New York Times stunner.” … This plea requires a certain chutzpah …
CBS Miami:
Eye In The Sky Catches Unholy Thieves  —  LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) - Authorities are on the look-out, and asking the public for help, in finding two suspects who robbed a couple of priests at a church in Lauderdale Lakes.  —  Father Lesly Jean, according to Broward Sheriff's Office …
New York Times:
The Cash Committee  —  The House Financial Services Committee has grown so large that a highly unusual fourth row of seats had to be installed in the committee room.  Every term, scores of members, particularly freshmen, demand a seat on the panel — not because they have a burning interest …
Talking Points Memo:
Senate Conservatives Fund To Make McConnell ‘Feel The Heat’ In KY Campaign  —  It's certainly not getting any easier for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  —  The Senate Minority Leader is on defense on multiple fronts as he seeks re-election in 2014: a well-funded primary challenger in Matt Bevin …
Discussion: Daily Kos
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Working to Implement the Affordable Care Act  —  WASHINGTON, DC— In this week's address, President Obama said we are on the way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping millions of Americans.  Unfortunately, a group of Republicans in Congress are working …
Obama says Republicans want to ‘confuse people’
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Attorneys general raise privacy concerns over ObamaCare navigators  —  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued late Friday that new hires under ObamaCare could threaten the private information of people trying to get health insurance.  —  “Because of time constraints, HHS [is] …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The PJ Tatler
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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New York Post:
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A professional clown is a serious clown.
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
Charles A. Kupchan / New York Times:
Democracy in Egypt Can Wait
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Brown Cheered in Second Act, at Least So Far
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Idiot Big Brother