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8:30 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.
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pedro Fonseca / Reuters:
Glenn Greenwald To Publish UK Secrets After Britain Detains Partner  —  The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will be “sorry” for detaining his partner for nine hours.
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 …
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.
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
White House Had Advance Notice on Heathrow Detention
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
David Miranda: 'They said I would be put in jail if I didn't co-operate'
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, stinging column about Republican attacks on the entirely praiseworthy, up to now bipartisan effort to create a Common Core curriculum.  But I think we need to say more than this: … First of all, right-wing leaders don't strike me as being at all stupid …
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Business groups aren't too happy about Tea Party mania they helped unleash  —  GOP-aligned business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, and others played a key role in helping elect dozens of conservatives to the House and Senate.
Jill Lawrence /   Business Tries to Tame Tea-Party Conservatives It Helped Elect
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
RNC: CNN Films hiring Courtney Sexton ‘puts the p in puff piece’  —  CNN Films' decision to hire senior director Courtney Sexton — whose previous films include Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Jimmy Carter Man from Plains” — is further evidence that the production company's forthcoming …
Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed:
Map: What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With?  —  A breakdown of Congress' religious makeup.  One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.  —  BuzzFeed has mapped out the religions of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives by their districts …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Analyst: Most Arabs Supported Bin Laden's Efforts To Kill Americans  —  On Monday, during a panel discussion about the launch of Al Jazeera America, a Fox News political analyst explained the channel's popularity in the Arab world by claiming that most Arabs sympathize with Osama bin Laden's efforts to kill Americans.
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and The Raw Story
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.
R. Stickney / KNSD-TV:
Filner Is More Than Sloppy Kisses: Supporters
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems have an ace in the hole in coming battle  —  Most observers expect Congress will somehow pass a measure this fall funding the government temporarily at current levels, pushing the real fights over the sequester, spending and the size of government into the new year.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Moves Ed Schultz Back to Weeknights (Exclusive)  —  His show switches to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, while “Hardball with Chris Matthews” will continue to air at 7 p.m.  —  Ed Schultz  —  Ed Schultz will move back to weekdays in the 5 p.m. slot beginning Aug. 26, the network is set to announce on Monday.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz returns to weekdays, Chris Matthews' ‘Hardball’ to 7 p.m.
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
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: Crooks and Liars and Eschaton
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
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 …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Public Backs Cutoff of Military Aid to Egypt  —  50% Say Obama's Reponse to Violence Is ‘Not Tough Enough’  —  OVERVIEW  —  With violence continuing to rage in Egypt, 51% of Americans say it is better for the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt to put pressure on the government.
Viewpoint: Egypt No Longer Matters
Ian Floyd / The Texas Tribune:
Plan to Convert Roads to Gravel Begins Despite Pushback … As he witnesses the roads around his South Texas farm crumble and deteriorate, Dane Elliot is aware that he is both a victim of the problem and part of it.  The farmer and rancher in Live Oak County also owns a small trucking company that hauls oil field equipment.
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 * *  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * *  —  Media contact: (202) 691-5902 *
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 …
Associated Press:
Fort Hood judge blocks ‘jihad’ evidence  —  A military judge blocked several key pieces of evidence Monday that prosecutors said would explain the mindset of the soldier accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, including his belief that he had a “jihad duty” to carry out the attack.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Ideology Behind Michael Grunwald's Repugnant Assange Tweet  —  The Time correspondent wrote, “I can't wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.”  —  On Saturday, Michael Grunwald, a senior correspondent at Time, stoked controversy by tweeting …
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.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Trayvon Martin Shooting Reenacted In New Ad Calling For End To Stand Your Ground Laws
Discussion: The Week
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA critic to NSA: Hey, want to share?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Daily Mail:
Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war after six hours looting church school …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Graham urges killing of American-born al Qaeda spokesman
Egypt Independent:
Minya churches cancel second mass for first time in 1,600 years
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
 Earlier Items: 
Uwe Reinhardt / The Health Care Blog:
Talmudic-Like Studies of Republican Health Reform Ideas
Donna Gordon Blankinship / Associated Press:
Campaign Seeks to Push Seattle Minimum Wage to $15
Discussion: The Stranger …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Sixty years later, CIA admits role in Iran coup
Discussion: BBC, The Raw Story, Guardian, CNN and Firedoglake
Associated Press:
Chris Christie to sign New Jersey ban on gay conversion therapy