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11:05 AM ET, August 19, 2013


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Avik Roy / Forbes:
Unpublished CRS Memo: Obama Administration Has Missed Half Of Obamacare's Legally Imposed Implementation Deadlines  —  In recent months, President Obama and his subordinates have waived or delayed a number of Obamacare's notable features, such as the law's employer mandate …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
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 …
Guardian journalist's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours  —  David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act  —  Glenn Greenwald: a failed attempt at intimidation  —  The partner of the Guardian journalist …
New York Times:
Britain Detains the Partner of a Reporter Tied to Leaks
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Brains and Eggs and Post Politics
Christy Hoppe / Trail Blazers Blog:
Greg Abbott causes on-line stir by thanking name-calling tweeter  —  UPDATE 6:59 pm: Abbott campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch said that Abbott writes all his own Twitter messages, but wanted to read back over the controversial one and respond himself.  He did on Twitter.  Here's his latest:
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Texas AG Backtracks Thanks For Supporter Who Called Wendy Davis ‘Retard Barbie’
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
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.
Discussion: Reuters and Taylor Marsh
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Bambi Meets Godzilla In The Middle East  —  President Obama has had a rude awakening in the Middle East.  The region he thought existed was an illusion built on American progressive assumptions about the way the world works.  In the dream Middle East, democracy at least of a sort was just around the corner.
Bruce W. Jentleson / Politico:   In Middle East, Obama misplays hand
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Summer Months Unkind to Obama  —  Job approval rating has typically dropped during June, July, and August  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating has shown a pattern of decline over the course of the summer months during his presidency.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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
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.
Discussion: Politicker
New York Times:
Wanted: Another Green Mayor
Discussion: NY Daily News
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: Right Turn
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Caroline Kennedy discloses financial information for ambassadorship  —  Five years after Caroline Kennedy refused to release financial information during her bid to take over Hillary Clinton's US Senate seat, newly filed documents reveal a personal fortune that could be as high as $500 million.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
No, Conspiracy Theorists, Princess Diana Was Not Murdered
Associated Press:
Marine Appeals NCAA Eligibility Ban
Associated Press:
West Virginia Judge Indicted For Attempting To Frame Romantic Rival
Discussion: Wonkette
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Bill Kristol: Sarah Palin Could Possibly ‘Rehabilitate’ Herself With 2014 Senate Win
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Pistorius Is Indicted on Murder Charge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Althouse
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lone Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor hangs on
Discussion: ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Power Line and VodkaPundit
“Freedom From Filner Rally” kicks off recall effort
Discussion: CNN, Politico and KGTV-TV
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Regulation nation: Obama expands the regulatory state
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Attorney for Fort Hood jihad massacre victims: Obama and Army “twisted rules” …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Atlas Shrugs