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2:45 PM ET, August 20, 2013


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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  —  In a zero-sum game, the U.S. should hold its nose and back the military.  —  On the subject of Egypt: Is it the U.S. government's purpose merely to cop an attitude?  Or does it also intend to have a policy?  —  An attitude “deplores the violence” …
Discussion:, Right Turn and Israel Matzav
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.
Kevin Miller / Portland Press-Herald:
Seven members of Maine Republican State Committee leave party
Marry Me / Bangor Daily News:
LePage heard telling GOP donors, lawmakers that Obama ‘hates white people’
Discussion: The Week and The Fix
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 …
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.
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Scalia: High court shouldn't ‘invent new minorities that get special protections’
Discussion: Good As You
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Issa vows to expand Benghazi probe, faults State's accountability
Discussion: Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Alexander gets GOP primary challenger  —  Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R) announced Tuesday that he will challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in the Republican primary.  —  On local radio, Carr said he was running because Alexander was “the most liberal” member of the state's GOP delegation.
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
Why the White House is uneasy with picking Janet Yellen as Fed chair  —  Obama advisers have reservations about having the current Fed vice chairwoman succeed Ben Bernanke.  (Federal Reserve/Flickr)  —  Many of the economic advisers whom President Obama consults with favor Larry Summers to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve.
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.
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 …
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
Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Issa tops The Hill's 50 Wealthiest  —  The chief inquisitor of President Obama's White House is now Congress's richest man.  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) saw his fortune rise to at least $355 million in 2012, enough to take the crown on The Hill's 50 Wealthiest list.
Discussion: Post Politics and Yahoo! News
Bob Lewis /
Veteran GOP strategist endorses, advises McAuliffe  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Longtime Republican political strategist Boyd Marcus is endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor and will advise his campaign.  —  Marcus was an architect of Republican former Gov. Jim Gilmore's 1997 successful campaign.
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Tesla Motors:
TESLA MODEL S ACHIEVES BEST SAFETY RATING OF ANY CAR EVER TESTED  —  SETS NEW NHTSA VEHICLE SAFETY SCORE RECORD  —  Palo Alto, CA — Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception.
Denver Post:
51ST STATE QUESTION WILL BE ON WELD, PHILLIPS BALLOTS THIS FALL  —  Add Phillips and Weld to the list of northeastern Colorado counties getting serious about secession.  —  The commissioners of both counties voted Monday to place a question on the fall ballot asking voters if they wish to divorce Colorado and create a 51st state.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and National Review
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 …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Cruz Calls 'Why Don't We Impeach' Obama ‘Good Question’  —  Conroe, Texas - Asked about the possibility of impeaching President Obama, Ted Cruz did not rule it out.  —  In a question and answer session following a speech he gave at a Montgomery County GOP dinner last night …
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 …
Marilyn Stasio / New York Times:
Elmore Leonard, Who Refined the Crime Thriller, Dies at 87  —  Elmore Leonard, the prolific crime novelist whose louche characters, deadpan dialogue and immaculate prose style in novels like “Get Shorty,” “Freaky Deaky,” “Glitz” and “La Brava” secured his status as a modern master of American genre writing …
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