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3:20 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.
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same  —  Can a master debater who wore a paisley bathrobe to creepily stroll by the women's wing of the dorm be the next president?  Patricia Murphy talks to Ted Cruz's college roommates about his stint at Princeton.
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
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
Jim Sensenbrenner / Los Angeles Times:
How Obama has abused the Patriot Act  —  The White House's justification for collecting Americans' phone data doesn't stand up to the light of day.  —  The Obama administration has legally justified the National Security Agency's collection of phone data from every American by citing …
Discussion: National Review
John Fund / National Review:
Time for Answers from the NSA  —  It's time to ask tough questions …
Discussion: Techdirt, Hot Air and Right Turn
USA Today:
Revelations hint at NSA ducking oversight: Our view
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
The NSA Can't Be Trusted  —  On August 9, President Obama gave …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
‘Stop and frisk’ is not racial profiling
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House: U.S. had no role in detention of Greenwald's partner  —  The United States was not involved in the detention of David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, but was told it was likely that the Brazilian citizen would be stopped at London's Heathrow Airport, the White House said Monday.
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Cameron Proves Greenwald Right
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 …
Paul Krugman:   Stupid Is A Strategy  —  Bill Keller has a strong …
Egyptian police killed in Sinai ambush at Rafah  —  At least 24 Egyptian policemen have been killed in an ambush attack in the Sinai peninsula, say reports.  —  Medical sources and officials said the police were in two buses which came under attack from armed men close to the town of Rafah on the Gaza border.
Garry White / Telegraph:
Commodities: Egyptian bloodbath threatens crucial routes for oil and gas supplies
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Pat Dollard
New York Times:
Egyptian Court Is Said to Order That Mubarak Be Released
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
In classified cyberwar against Iran, trail of Stuxnet leak leads to White House  —  The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar …
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.
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.
Michael Tanner / New York Post:
When welfare pays better than work  —  Here's an offer for you: $38,004 per year, tax free.No work required.Apply at your local welfare office.  —  The federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted towards low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals.
Discussion: Moonbattery
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 …
Mitch Blacher / KGTV-TV:
Sources: Mayor Bob Filner's attorneys in mediation that includes possible resignation  —  Two sources reveal meeting to Team 10  —  SAN DIEGO - Two inside, anonymous sources told Team 10 Mayor Bob Filner's attorneys were in a mediation session Monday morning with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and LA-based attorney Gloria Allred.
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Aaron Kase / Salon:
“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell  —  Pennsylvania's right-wing governor drains public schools of basic funds — and the sickening details will shock you  —  Want to see a public school system in its death throes?  Look no further than Philadelphia.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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Jake Sherman / Reuters:
California GOP clings to immigration reform
Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR CEO Gary Knell Announces He's Leaving
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
NRSC poll: Landrieu 45, Cassidy 41
Karen Pierog / Reuters:
Illinois expands background checks to all gun purchases
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The PJ Tatler
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Manufacturers Gain Ground
Discussion: Via Meadia, AEIdeas and VodkaPundit
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Muslim Brotherhood must be removed like Nazis, Egypt's ambassador to Britain says
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Sixty years later, CIA admits role in Iran coup
Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
Head Start eliminated services to 57,000 children in U.S. as a result of sequester
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Caroline Kennedy discloses financial information for ambassadorship
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Bambi Meets Godzilla In The Middle East
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U.S. Rice Farmers Cash In On Venezuelan Socialism