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9:45 AM ET, August 20, 2013


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Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
David Miranda, schedule 7 and the danger that all reporters now face  —  As the events in a Heathrow transit lounge - and the Guardian offices - have shown, the threat to journalism is real and growing  —  In a private viewing cinema in Soho last week I caught myself letting fly …
Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
David Miranda: 'They said I would be put in jail if I didn't co-operate'  —  Partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald gives his first interview on nine-hour interrogation at Heathrow airport  —  David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance …
Pedro Fonseca / Reuters:
Glenn Greenwald To Publish UK Secrets After Britain Detains Partner
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt  —  The White House has quietly placed military aid to Egypt on hold, despite not saying publicly whether the Egyptian military takeover was a coup, Josh Rogin reports exclusively.  —  The U.S. government has decided privately …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
A Policy on Egypt—Support Al Sisi  —  In a zero-sum game, the U.S. should hold its nose and back the military.  —  On the subject of Egypt: Is it the U.S. government's purpose merely to cop an attitude?  Or does it also intend to have a policy?  —  An attitude “deplores the violence” …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Promises to Aid Egypt's Regime
Discussion: Gawker and NPR
Hannah August / White Blog:
Meet Sunny: The Obamas' New Puppy  —  Today the Obamas welcomed the newest member of their family - a little girl (puppy) named Sunny!  —  Sunny, the new Obama family dog, on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 19, 2013.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)  —  Pin
Kevin Liptak / CNN:   New member of the Obama family introduced
Washington Post:
Cruz will renounce Canadian citizenship  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship.  —  “Now the Dallas Morning News …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Dual citizenship may pose problem if Ted Cruz seeks presidency
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Cruz renouncing Canadian citizenship
Discussion: CNN
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Kerry Reinstates Benghazi Officials Clinton Punished  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
War on the Core  —  I respect, really I do, the efforts by political scientists and pundits to make sense of the current Republican Party.  There is intellectual virtue in the search for historical antecedents and philosophical underpinnings.  —  I understand the urge to take what looks …
Jill Lawrence /
Business Tries to Tame Tea-Party Conservatives It Helped Elect
Discussion: and The Week
Forced Exposure ~pj  —  The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.  —  There is no way to do Groklaw without email.  Therein lies the conundrum.  —  What to do?  —  What to do?  I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out.
Eric Russell / Portland Press-Herald:
LePage is heard to say Obama ‘hates white people’  —  Two Republican lawmakers confirm that the governor made the remark at a fundraiser last week.  —  Gov. Paul LePage last week told a group of Republicans that President Barack Obama “hates white people,” according to two state lawmakers who heard the remark directly.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Lee Daniels to Piers Morgan: Americans Are ‘Angry’ That Obama's President, Showing ‘True Colors’  —  Oprah Winfrey has been facing sharp criticism for her comments on race in recent weeks, but tonight on CNN, the director of her new film The Butler sat down with Piers Morgan and was faced …
Washington Post:
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches  —  If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone?  Courts have been split on the question.  Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue …
School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys  —  And efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail  —  As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome?  A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no. In May …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Booker opponent's wife appeals to Oprah  —  The wife of Steve Lonegan, who is challenging Newark Mayor Cory Booker for New Jersey's Senate seat, wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey on Monday asking her to consider her husband's story.  —  Praising Winfrey's influence on Americans and the impact …
Discussion: CBS New York and Mediaite
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Modern Vote Suppression Better Than Jim Crow, Still Pretty Bad  —  A pervasive sense of racial victimization has afflicted conservatives during the Obama years — the feeling that they are beset by a combination of false accusations of racism and actual anti-white racial animus that they dare …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
What I learned from getting shot  —  Defenders of stop-and-frisk and racial profiling have made me break my public silence about the night I almost died  —  I haven't said or written much publicly about the shooting that nearly killed me in 2008.  But a recent confluence of events …
Discussion: PostPartisan and
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Prisoner's Dilemma  —  Why it's foolish to buy overpriced insurance.  —  With Barack Obama safely re-elected and ObamaCare's main provisions coming into effect, some supporters are striking a triumphal note.  Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, for instance …
Albert Hunt / Bloomberg:
North Carolina Takes Perilous Lurch to the Right  —  North Carolina is channeling Alabama and South Carolina when it comes to the best economic, social and political model for a U.S. Southern state.  —  For more than half a century, North Carolina has been progressive on education and public investments …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Christie, Establishment Darling
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
As Benghazi anniversary nears, Boehner pressed for new probe on attack
Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Issa tops The Hill's 50 Wealthiest
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Backing Egypt's generals, Saudi Arabia promises financial support
Ted Hesson / ABC News:
What Could Happen If Border Asylum Claims Keep Rising
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden's son evaluated at Houston hospital
Discussion: Politico
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Public School Promotes 5 Pillars of Islam
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
The Atlantic Online:
Are the Rich Getting Too Much of the Economic Pie?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Reid Wilson / GovBeat:
Democrats push back on voting rights
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ian Floyd / The Texas Tribune:
Plan to Convert Roads to Gravel Begins Despite Pushback
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz returns to weekdays, Chris Matthews's ‘Hardball’ to 7 p.m.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems have an ace in the hole in coming battle
Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed:
Map: What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With?