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12:35 PM ET, August 21, 2013


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Julie Tate / Washington Post:
Judge sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years  —  A military judge on Wednesday morning sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.  —  Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges …
New York Times:
Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Leaking Government Secrets  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge on Wednesday sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks, a gigantic leak that lifted the veil on military and diplomatic activities around the world.
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Leaking Secrets
Discussion: Hot Air
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Manning sentenced to 35 years for WikiLeaks convictions (Video)
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:   Military Judge Sentences Bradley Manning to 35 Years in Prison
Syria conflict: ‘Chemical attacks’ kill hundreds  —  Chemical weapons attacks have killed hundreds on the outskirts of Damascus, Syrian opposition activists say.  —  Rockets with toxic agents were launched at the suburbs of the Ghouta region early on Wednesday as part of a major bombardment on rebel forces, they say.
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Syrian activists accuse government of deadly chemical attack near Damascus
Opposition says as many as 1,300 killed in gas attack near Damascus
Discussion: Gawker and The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Syrian Rebels Accuse Government of Chemical Attack
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Carla Caldwell / bizjournals:
UPS to drop 15,000 spouses from insurance, cites Obamacare  —  United Parcel Service Inc. plans to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere.  The Atlanta-based logistics company points to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare …
Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
Sydney Leathers Does Porn (For Real This Time) [NSFW]  —  Talk about a tease: Just two weeks after releasing the sex tape equivalent of a dry hump, Sydney Leathers of Anthony Weiner fame has unleashed a full-(hard)on porno to satisfy the demands of her handful of fans.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Porno featuring Anthony Weiner's sexting pal Sydney Leathers set for release Wednesday  —  The Daily News exclusively obtained the trailer for the movie, titled ‘Weiner and Me,’ which will be released by Vivid Entertainment.  —  Sydney Leathers stars in ‘Weiner And Me,’ which will be released Wednesday.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Maggie Gallagher: Chris Christie ‘Banned Chastity’ By Signing Ex-Gay Therapy Ban  —  Maggie Gallagher claimed that her first response to Gov. Chris Christie (R) signing New Jersey's ban on ex-gay therapy for minors was issued in error, but her actual response is not so different.
Maggie Gallagher / National Review:
What I Really Think About Christie's Veto  —  Due to staff error …
Discussion: Good As You and Equality Matters
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing  —  President Obama, in his news conference this month, said that Edward Snowden was wrong to go public with revelations about secret surveillance programs because “there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and thought …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The GOP Plan to Crush Silicon Valley  —  What will become of Steve Jobs's angel?  —  When Congress returns from its summer recess in early September, it will have exactly nine legislative days to agree on a budget or the government will shut down.  House Republicans are seeking far greater cuts …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Friess / BuzzFeed:
How The NRA Built A Massive Secret Database Of Gun Owners  —  While the National Rifle Association publicly fights against a national gun registry, the organization has gone to incredible lengths to compile information on “tens of millions” of gun owners — without their consent.
Paul Gallagher / The Independent:
Slavery in the City: Death of 21-year-old intern Moritz Erhardt at Merrill Lynch sparks furore over long hours and macho culture at banks  —  Young German worked until 6am for three consecutive days before collapse at home in east London  —  Serious concerns have been raised tonight …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Guardian and Gawker
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Louisiana GOPers Unsure If Katrina Response Was Obama's Fault  —  A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite and Wonkette
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
'I'm Not Paranoid': Matthews Says GOP'ers Calling Obama ‘Obama’ Attempt to ‘Delegitimize’ Him  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews went off on Tuesday about what he characterized as a variety of efforts by Republicans and conservatives to “delegitimize” President Barack Obama.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
How Democrats May Lose Their Media Edge  —  Yesterday saw a spate of stories arguing that Republicans are — quietly, off the record — a bit worried about their ability to hold the House of Representatives come 2014.  Not panicking, by any means; the electoral map still looks challenging for Democrats.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Al Jazeera Makes Limited American Debut  —  There was ample attention in journalistic circles as Al Jazeera America had its premiere on Tuesday — particularly among those who could not watch.  —  The news channel — which replaced Current TV at 3 p.m. Eastern time — was expected to be carried …
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
Hecklers confront Ted Cruz at town hall meeting  —  A Dallas town hall meeting designed to rally support for defunding President Obama's health-care law grew testy Tuesday night when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was interrupted three separate times by hecklers.  —  The conservative senator handled …
Police: Australian baseball player killed by Oklahoma teens — just because  —  (CNN) — A random act of violence has left a promising 23-year-old college baseball player dead, a family devastated and two countries half a world apart rattled.  —  Christopher Lane, who was from Australia …
Investigations / NBCNews:
US doesn't know what Snowden took, sources say  —  HONG KONG - 2013: In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong.  Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted …
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Trump to Christie: Hiring Romney team for 2016 would be ‘disaster’  —  Donald Trump slammed Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, warning Gov. Chris Christie against working with him if the New Jersey Republican launches a 2016 White House bid.
Discussion: Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bill's Turn at Bat  —  So it turns out that Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, who's campaigning for mayor on a promise to de-Bloomberg Gotham, do have something in common.  —  Both men, who grew up in the Boston area, threw caution to the wind and admitted while running for mayor of New York that they were Red Sox fans.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Politicker
Justin Sink / The Hill:
NSA story cuts into Obama's popularity with young voters  —  Controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs is eroding President Obama's popularity — particularly among young voters.  —  Some polls show a double-digit drop in Obama's approval rating since Edward …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Landrieus lead in Louisiana
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Spencer Overton / American Prospect:
Against a “Post-Racial” Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Walter Hickey / Business Insider:
MAPS: A Poll Asked America Which States Were The Drunkest, The Hottest And Which Had The Silliest Accents
Discussion: CBS New York and The Agonist
Washington Post:
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood appears at risk of falling apart
Discussion: Power Line and The Fix
CBS Sacramento:
California Wants Small-Business Owners To Pay Back $120 Million In Tax Breaks
Discussion: protein wisdom and The PJ Tatler
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Argus Leader:
Former S.D. governor's residence to be auctioned Thursday in Rapid City
Peter Gleick / Significant Figures:
Peak Water in the American West
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
William Galston: How Much Transparency Do We Really Want?
Discussion: Lawfare
Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
Top Democrat files suit against IRS over tax-exemption rules
Dominic Raab / Telegraph:
Are David Miranda and Caroline Lucas victims or criminals?
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Newest Spy Court Pick Is a Democrat but Not a Liberal
Discussion: Prairie Weather