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11:00 AM ET, August 20, 2013


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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: Okay, I'll Renounce My Canadian Citizenship!  —  This is getting to be more fun than I thought it would be.  Ted Cruz is a natural born American citizen blah blah blah.  But because he was born in Canada he's actually a Canadian citizen too.  He's a dual citizen.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
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 …
Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Dual citizenship may pose problem if Ted Cruz seeks presidency
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
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Promises to Aid Egypt's Regime
Discussion: Gawker and NPR
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'
Pedro Fonseca / Reuters:
Glenn Greenwald To Publish UK Secrets After Britain Detains Partner
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
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.
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 …
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.
Ed Payne / CNN:
Tsarnaev's injuries detailed  —  The backlash over Rolling Stone's cover photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev led to the release of new photos by Sgt. Sean Murphy on Thursday, July 18, of his capture.  The images show Tsarnaev as he emerges from the boat where he hid …
Discussion: Gawker, The Jawa Report and NBCNews
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 …
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 …
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
Mike Dennison / Missoulian:
Scalia to Federalist Society: Court shouldn't ‘invent new minorities’  —  BOZEMAN - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a Montana audience Monday that American courts too often decide what rights we “ought to have,” when that decision instead should lie with the people, through their elected officials.
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 …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The Clinton dramas: Here we go again  —  Tabloid headlines.  Personal dramas.  Organizational disarray.  Score-settling between rival factions documented in news accounts like a soap opera.  —  Does this have a familiar ring?  —  No one - or mostly no one - truly believes the swirl …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The PJ Tatler and First Read
Wall Street Journal:
James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley: Why Shouldn't Princeton Pay Taxes?  —  Money-making ‘nonprofit’ universities don't pay a fair share of the costs of local public services.  —  By - JAMES PIERESON - AND NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY  —  For the latest evidence of the town-gown divide …
Jill Lawrence /
Business Tries to Tame Tea-Party Conservatives It Helped Elect  —  Gridlock, shutdown threats, and default are on the table this fall as weapons in the spending wars.  —  The nonpartisan National Small Business Association added a new question this summer to its survey of more than 1,100 …
Discussion: and The Week
Michael Kinsley / The New Republic:
A Q&A With Jill Abramson  —  The Times' top editor on mean bosses, liberal biases, and the demise of the Washington Post  —  For generations, the publishers of the great American newspapers were accidents of birth—sons and daughters (and assorted other relatives) who inherited their positions atop the masthead.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
McConnell attack ad hammers Bevin on claimed educational ties  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is out with a new ad hitting conservative challenger Matt Bevin for claiming educational ties to MIT.  —  “Can you believe ‘Bailout Bevin’ on anything?” a narrator opens the ad.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Scott Walker: Christie, Paul 2016 talk is ‘a disservice’ to the GOP  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker slammed fellow Republicans Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) for thinking ahead to the 2016 election.  —  “At least on the Republican side I think it's too early,” Walker said on Fox News Tuesday morning.
Discussion: Politico
Joey Garrison / In Session:
State Rep. Joe Carr likely to announce tea party challenge to Sen. Lamar Alexander  —  Is state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, the tea party candidate revving up to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary?  —  It appears that way.
Discussion: Roll Call
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Obama Presses for Action on Bank Rules
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Christie, Establishment Darling
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
As Benghazi anniversary nears, Boehner pressed for new probe on attack
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
What I learned from getting shot
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Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Backing Egypt's generals, Saudi Arabia promises financial support
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden's son evaluated at Houston hospital
Discussion:, Politico and ABC News
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Public School Promotes 5 Pillars of Islam
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Atlantic Online:
Are the Rich Getting Too Much of the Economic Pie?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems have an ace in the hole in coming battle