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2:20 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  —  In an effort to repudiate suggestions that he is ineligible to be president of the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released his birth certificate Sunday to The Dallas Morning News.  —  The birth certificate confirmed that the Texas Republican was born Dec. 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
Discussion: Wonkette
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
New Obamacare Enrollment Campaign Unveiled By Kathleen Sebelius  —  WASHINGTON — With precious time remaining before the health care exchanges established by the president's health care law are up and running, the Obama administration is rolling out new initiatives to encourage enrollment.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
One Reform, Indivisible  —  Recent political reporting suggests …
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Christie signs bill that bans gay conversion therapy  —  Update 12:48 p.m.: Christie has now signed the legislation.  Original post follows.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday will announce that he plans to sign a bill that will ban the practice of trying to convert gay children …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Christie to give former rival in-person endorsement
Discussion: Ballot Box and New Jersey Online
Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
NJ GOVERNOR TO SIGN BAN ON GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
Discussion: NPR and Washington Blade
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 …
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.
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Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Bloomberg Admits He Might Reconsider Stop-and-Frisk If He Had a (Black) Son
Discussion: Global Grind and Shakesville
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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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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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
Fox News:
Report: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be freed  —  Egyptian judicial officials have ordered former President Hosni Mubarak freed from jail, a stunning turnaround for the 85-year-old strongman who ruled the nation for three decades before being ousted in a popular revolution …
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Damien McElroy / Telegraph:   Muslim Brotherhood must be removed like Nazis, Egypt's ambassador to Britain says
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Al Jazeera America launches without significant advertiser base  —  When Al Jazeera America hits the air tomorrow, it will come with a big budget, a global network of 1,000 journalists and a mission to compete with entrenched rivals like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.  —  What it won't have?  Advertisers.
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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 …
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Paul Krugman:   Stupid Is A Strategy  —  Bill Keller has a strong …
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 …
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
No, Conspiracy Theorists, Princess Diana Was Not Murdered  —  The Diana conspiracy theorists have struck again, and this time Scotland Yard is investigating.  Despite mountains of evidence to prove her death was an accident, Tina Brown says some fantasists just can't let it go.  —  Here we go again.
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 …
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 …
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: Firedoglake, CNN and Business Insider
 
 
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Aaron Kase / Salon:
“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell
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Karen Pierog / Reuters:
Illinois expands background checks to all gun purchases
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Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Climate change should be considered in post-Sandy rebuilding, says task force
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Manufacturers Gain Ground
Discussion: Via Meadia, AEIdeas and VodkaPundit
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
In classified cyberwar against Iran, trail of Stuxnet leak leads to White House
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Wall Street Journal:
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