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12:30 PM ET, August 19, 2013

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Dallas Morning News:
Canada-born Ted Cruz became a citizen of that country as well as U.S.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's birth certificate shows he was born in Canada in 1970.  It was released exclusively to The Dallas Morning News.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Releases Birth Certificate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
Discussion: Wonkette
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Chicago Tribune:
How President Obama is flouting Obamacare  —  More reasons to delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law … Democrats strong-armed Obamacare into law three years ago.  Now they're busy flouting it.  —  The mandate that employers provide insurance next year or pay a penalty, as the law requires?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
One Reform, Indivisible  —  Recent political reporting suggests that Republican leaders are in a state of high anxiety, trapped between an angry base that still views Obamacare as the moral equivalent of slavery and the reality that health reform is the law of the land and is going to happen.
Wall Street Journal:
Confident Biden Team Sows Seeds for 2016  —  Backers Consider Steps for White House—Even If Hillary Clinton Enters Race  —  Political allies of Vice President Joe Biden have concluded that he can win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination—even if Hillary Clinton enters the contest …
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Wall Street Journal:
She makes a polarizing pitch that ignores trends in voter turnout.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   If Hillary is a lock, what's a Democrat to do? Campaign for veep
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Abbott thanks ‘retard Barbie’ tweet writer  —  Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on Sunday drew a rebuke from a Democratic Governors Association representative after appearing to thank a supporter who called Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis “retard Barbie.”
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Texas AG Backtracks Thanks For Supporter Who Called Wendy Davis ‘Retard Barbie’
Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
NJ GOVERNOR TO SIGN BAN ON GAY CONVERSION THERAPY … TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Blade
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Christie to give former rival in-person endorsement
Discussion: Ballot Box and New Jersey Online
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Cameron Proves Greenwald Right  —  Readers know I have been grappling for a while with the vexing question of the balance between the surveillance state and the threat of Jihadist terrorism.  When the NSA leaks burst onto the scene, I was skeptical of many of the large claims made by civil libertarians …
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New York Times:
Britain Detains the Partner of a Reporter Tied to Leaks
John Fund / National Review:
Time for Answers from the NSA  —  It's time to ask tough questions about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities — even for conservatives who have given the NSA the benefit of every doubt up until now.  —  The Washington Post opened a can of worms last Friday when it reported that …
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Turn
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Gideon Resnick / Politicker:
Susan Sarandon on the Mayor's Race: 'You Can't Just Vote Your Vagina'  —  Cynthia Nixon, Susan Sarandon and the entire de Blasio clan.  —  At first, actress Susan Sarandon expected to back Council Speaker Christine Quinn in her bid to become the city's first female mayor.
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Bill Kristol: Sarah Palin Could Possibly ‘Rehabilitate’ Herself With 2014 Senate Win  —  During an exclusive to web interview with “This Week,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Sarah Palin — after having hastily stepped down as Alaska's governor in 2009 - might be able to rehabilitate …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Bill Kristol: Sarah Palin can fix political career with 2014 run
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Seven Reasons You Will Click on This Article about 2016  —  When you see an article about the 2016 presidential race, your first reaction is probably, “Oh c'mon. It's three years away!  Do we have to start talking about this already?”  The first votes in Iowa and New Hampshire won't be cast …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Egyptian court orders that deposed president be released from prison  —  An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the release of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, who has been imprisoned since his ouster in 2011.  —  Mubarak's lawyer said the 85-year-old former strongman is expected to be freed …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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Molly Ball / Associated Press:
America's Libertarian Moment  —  A longtime libertarian policy wonk talks about whether the philosophy can save the GOP — and why he still doesn't think Rand Paul can win the presidency.  —  Libertarianism is on the march.  From the rapid rise to prominence of first-term Senator Rand Paul …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
Head Start eliminated services to 57,000 children in U.S. as a result of sequester  —  Head Start programs across the country eliminated services for 57,000 children in the coming school year to balance budgets diminished by the federal sequester, cutting 1.3 million days from Head Start center calendars …
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
What kind of city is the Mayor leaving to his successor?  —  Michael Bloomberg, whose third and final term as mayor of New York expires at midnight on December 31st, keeps a digital clock running in reverse in his City Hall office, counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds left in his term.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Sixty years later, CIA admits role in Iran coup  —  The National Security Archive on Monday published evidence of the CIA's long-known role in the 1953 Iran coup that helped pave the way for the Islamic revolution 26 years later.  —  The newly declassified material is believed to contain …
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
 
 
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Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE — GOP POLL: SEN. ALEXANDER TRAILS GENERIC ‘CONSERVATIVE’ BY 5 POINTS
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Caroline Kennedy discloses financial information for ambassadorship
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
No, Conspiracy Theorists, Princess Diana Was Not Murdered
Associated Press:
Marine Appeals NCAA Eligibility Ban
New York Times:
Pistorius Is Indicted on Murder Charge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lone Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor hangs on
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:
Q&A: Harry Reid talks health law, Snowden, re-election
Discussion: The Hill, Hit & Run and Weasel Zippers
Billy Kenber / Washington Post:
In Martha's Vineyard, Obama takes some R&R — and we all take a look
Sara Schaefer Muñoz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Rice Farmers Cash In On Venezuelan Socialism
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Summer Months Unkind to Obama
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Regulation nation: Obama expands the regulatory state