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3:35 PM ET, August 22, 2013


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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.
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.
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman, be known as Chelsea  —  (CNN) — “I am Chelsea Manning.”  —  With those words, read from a statement on NBC's “Today” on Thursday, Bradley Manning immediately shifted public conversation away from the Army private's conviction on espionage charges to gender identity.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Dish and KTLA 5
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
After Sentencing, Manning Says, ‘I Am Female’
Discussion: Althouse and The Daily Banter
John Knefel / Rolling Stone:
Chelsea Manning Reveals Herself to the World: ‘I Am a Female’
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bradley Manning: ‘I am a female’
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
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and The Daily Caller
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Mayor Bob Filner expected to resign in sex harassment lawsuit deal
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  —  A massive racism hoax took place at Oberlin College in February 2013 in which two students made seemingly racist, anti-Semitic and other such posters, graffiti and emails for the purpose of getting a reaction on campus, not because they believed the hostile messages.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Goes Back to School
Libby A. Nelson / Politico:
Obama launches fresh push for college cost reforms
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Ted Cruz, traitor to his class  —  Henry Adams said that politics is the systematic organization of hatreds.  For the left, over the past year it has seemed at times to be the systematic organization of hatred of Ted Cruz.  —  The freshman senator is not the first Texan to be so honored.
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Liberals' Ted Cruz Obsession
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 …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
University of Virginia cuts some health benefits, citing ObamaCare costs  —  The University of Virginia said Wednesday that it will stop offering health insurance to some employees' spouses because of rising costs under ObamaCare.  —  The university said the Affordable Care Act will add $7.3 million to its healthcare costs next year.
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Americans Still Wary of, Not Too Familiar With, Health Law
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
U.P.S. to End Health Benefits for Spouses of Some Workers
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Via Meadia
Wall Street Journal:
For ‘the Fun of It’  —  The debate we aren't having about a murder in Oklahoma.  —  Three teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killing of a white college student in Duncan, Oklahoma, and part of the story is what didn't happen.  There was no saturation cable TV coverage …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, The Verge and NPR
The Atlantic Online:
The Movement to Defund Obamacare, Explained  —  The activists pushing the latest Tea Party cause can't explain how their effort to stop health-care reform could ever possibly succeed.  Will they shut down the government?  —  The Tea Party has a new obsession: killing Obamacare by stripping the funding needed to implement the law.
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