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6:20 PM ET, August 22, 2013


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Chelsea E. Manning /
‘I am Chelsea’: Read Manning's full statement  —  Video: “I am Chelsea Manning.  I am female,” explains the Army private via a statement read on TODAY Thursday.  Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for leaking classified government documents.
Scott Stump /
Bradley Manning: I want to live as a woman  — Facebook - Twitter - Reddit - Pinterest - Email  —  Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman.  —  “I am Chelsea Manning.
Ryan Kearney / The New Republic:
He Is Not Bradley Manning.  She Is Chelsea Manning.  Deal With It.  —  Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for leaking government files to WikiLeaks, announced Thursday in a statement to NBC's “Today” that he is, as of now, a she:
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman, be known as Chelsea
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Dish and KTLA 5
CBS News:
Bradley Manning: I want to live as a woman named Chelsea
John Knefel / Rolling Stone:
Chelsea Manning Reveals Herself to the World: ‘I Am a Female’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Finally Announce Alternative To Obamacare: Just Go To The Emergency Room  —  Heritage president and former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint continued his campaign to convince Republicans to shut down the government in a ploy to defund the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Do Have Ideas for Health Care
Tamara Lush / Associated Press:
Meetings, rallies over health care law in Tampa
Discussion: Hullabaloo
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign  —  San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week with city officials, NBC 7 News has learned.  —  Filner, spotted leaving City Hall with packing boxes Wednesday night, will formally vacate the office following …
EndPlay / KGTV-TV:
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner prepared to resign from office, sources tell Team 10
John_Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Speaking in Raleigh, Colin Powell blasts North Carolina voting law  —  UPDATED: With Gov. Pat McCrory in the audience, former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina's new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
DOJ to file suit against Texas over voter ID law
Discussion: CNN
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Obama's Plan Aims to Lower Cost of College  —  President Obama plans to announce a set of ambitious proposals on Thursday aimed at making colleges more accountable and affordable by rating them and ultimately linking those ratings to financial aid.  —  A draft of the proposal …
The White House:
FACT SHEET on the President's Plan to Make College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Goes Back to School
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Meet the privileged Obama-supporting white kids who perpetrated cruel Oberlin race hoax  —  One of the two students removed from Oberlin College earlier this year for allegedly circulating virulently racist, anti-Jewish and anti-gay messages around campus is an ardent leftist and committed supporter …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Great Oberlin College Racism Hoax of 2013
Discussion: protein wisdom
Andrew Kaczynski:
Tom Coburn: Obama “Getting Perilously Close” To The Standard For Impeachment  —  “If it continues, I think we're going to have another constitutional crisis in our country in terms of the presidency.”  —  View Video ›  —  Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Wednesday …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP poll finds strong opposition to government shutdown  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS OBAMACARE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE  —  A new poll done for Republican members of Congress has found huge public opposition, and solid opposition among Republicans, to the idea of shutting down the government over the issue of funding Obamacare.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
No, Chris Lane is not Trayvon Martin!  —  The white conservative media thinks it's found its “Trayvon Martin in reverse, only worse.”  Are you kidding me?  —  The white conservative media believes it has its own Trayvon Martin in the case of Chris Lane, an Australian baseball player …
Wall Street Journal:
Nasdaq Market Halts Trading  —  Large Chunk of U.S. Stock Market Paralyzed by Technical Problem  —  A trading halt on the Nasdaq Stock Market neared an hour after an unexplained technical issue, paralyzing the market for thousands of securities and raising new questions about the robustness …
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
Nasdaq Market Overcomes Trading Failure
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department to File New Lawsuit Against State of Texas Over Voter I.D. Law  —  The Department of Justice announced today that it will file a new lawsuit against the State of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety …
Eli Stokols /
Sparks fly after Sen. Marble's ‘chicken’ comment in poverty hearing  —  DENVER — Democratic lawmakers couldn't believe their ears as they listened to Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, deliver a long soliloquy explaining that more blacks and Hispanics live in poverty, in part, because of fried chicken.
Rasmussen Reports:
Rasmussen Reports Announces a Change in Management  —  For Immediate Release  —  Asbury Park, NJ, August 22, 2013 — The Rasmussen Reports, LLC Board of Directors today confirmed that founder Scott Rasmussen left the company last month.  In part, the move reflects disagreements over company business strategies.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House to hold roundtable on bisexual issues  — Stumble upon something good?  Share it on StumbleUpon  — Send via Email  — Send this page to Print Friendly  —  The White House is set to hold a roundtable on bisexual issues (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).
Matt McGrath / BBC:
Fukushima leak is ‘much worse than we were led to believe’  —  Faulty seals on the storage tanks at Fukushima are said to be the source of the most recent leak  —  A nuclear expert has told the BBC that he believes the current water leaks at Fukushima are much worse than the authorities have stated.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Week
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Republicans weigh using debt limit as leverage on Obamacare  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers, who staunchly oppose President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, are considering using a fall showdown over the country's borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law's implementation.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The great Democrat hope: Government shutdown
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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New Mexico Supreme Court rules photographer cannot deny services to same-sex couple
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