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4:40 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.
Washington Free Beacon:
Gay Reporter Kicked Off Kremlin Network After Protesting Anti-Gay Law
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House condemns reported chemical weapons attack in Syria
Discussion: CNN
Hilary Whiteman / CNN:
‘Senseless’ shooting of Australian Chris Lane sparks calls for U.S. boycott  —  (CNN) — They were younger than him, just teenagers who were driving around, apparently bored and looking for somebody to kill, according to police in Duncan, Oklahoma.  —  The indiscriminate shooting of Christopher Lane …
Man who dobbed in suspects accused of murdering Melbourne baseball player Chris Lane says his son was next  — I love you so much: Girlfriend's moving tribute  —  THE teenagers accused of murdering Melbourne baseball player Chris Lane were dobbed in by a local who claims his son was the trio's next target.
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.
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fox News firing tied to Ailes book
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Roger Ailes Fired His PR Chief, and Now He's All Alone
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 …
Kyung Lah / CNN:
Another sex harassment accusation for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner  —  Businesswoman Dianne York told CNN that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner put his hands on her buttocks during this photo op after a meeting three months ago.  York said there were witnesses to what happened.
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
(Credit: Michael Lionstar)  —  I can vividly remember the first time I read Camille Paglia.  I was visiting New York with my mom during college and we happened across “Vamps and Tramps” at a bookstore near our hotel.  Lying in neighboring twin beds, I read passages out loud to her.
Mark Rumold / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Victory Results in Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional  —  For almost two years, EFF has been fighting the government in federal court to force the public release of an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Rep. Clyburn likens American media to Nazi propagandists  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, on Wednesday accused the U.S. media of spreading “manufactured controversies” that pose dangers similar to the propaganda spread by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and National Review
Chris Christoff / Bloomberg:
Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle  —  Detroit Dominated by Pitbulls as 50K Dogs Roam Free  —  As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city's ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths.
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
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.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
The Terrible Obama Black Dog Conspiracy  —  Warning: cute puppy ahead.  Watch the video and you'll be filled with a moment of puppy sighs.  It seems that Bo has a new pal to keep him company when he isn't doing White House stuff. … Yeah, Sunny's cute, and I've loved Bo from day one.
Joe Biden cancels fundraiser, stays with son in Texas  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden has canceled an event Thursday in Rhode Island to remain in Houston while his son is being evaluated at a Texas cancer center.  —  Biden was scheduled to headline a fundraiser …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Scott Walker's stealth 2016 strategy  —  MADISON, Wis. — He can't use the Senate soapbox to rack up media hits and political points, like Rand Paul or Marco Rubio.  He isn't poised to run up the score in his reelection campaign as a show of strength heading into 2016, as Chris Christie intends to do this November in New Jersey.
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.
Discussion: alicublog
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Howard Stutz / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas Sun publisher sues, alleges family conspired with Stephens Media
Discussion: Politico and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Ready for Hillary PAC expands team with two Southern Californians
Discussion: Washington Post and
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Analysis: Obamacare, tepid U.S. growth fuel part-time hiring
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Egyptian Court Removes Last Bar to Setting Mubarak Free
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Last of the Nixon Tapes Go Online
Discussion: Gawker
David Crossland / Spiegel Online:
Man in Underpants Partied in Merkel's Jet
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
North Carolina Mayoral Candidate Drops Out Over Racial Slur
Paul Gallagher / The Independent:
Slavery in the City: Death of 21-year-old intern Moritz Erhardt at Merrill Lynch sparks furore …
Discussion: BBC, Guardian, Gawker and Crooks and Liars
Technology Leaders Launch Partnership to Make Internet Access Available to All
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Trump to Christie: Hiring Romney team for 2016 would be ‘disaster’
Discussion: Politico
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
Hecklers confront Ted Cruz at town hall meeting
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing
Discussion: Prairie Weather