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11:35 PM ET, August 22, 2013


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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:
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
New York Times:
‘I am a Female,’ Manning Announces, Asking Army for Hormone Therapy
Susan Donaldson James / ABC News:
Bradley Manning, Now Chelsea, Denied Hormones in Prison
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Business Insider
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.
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 …
Tamara Lush / Associated Press:
Meetings, rallies over health care law in Tampa
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Do Have Ideas for Health Care
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
Obama's ‘outside experts’ for NSA review are former intel and White House staffers  —  ABC reports that the Obama administration's surveillance review panel will include former intelligence and White House staffers, including Michael Morell, Richard Clarke, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House to hold roundtable on bisexual issues
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Obama phones Georgia school employee in hostage ordeal
Discussion: Politico
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:
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 …
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   U.S. sues Texas over voter ID (FURTHER UPDATED)
Justin Snow / Poliglot:
New Mexico Supreme Court rules photographer cannot deny services to same-sex couple
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, Wonkette and The Impolitic
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Coburn: Obama ‘perilously close’ to impeachment
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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
The White House:
FACT SHEET on the President's Plan to Make College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class  —  A higher education is the single most important investment students can make in their own futures.  At the same time, it has never been more expensive.
Washington Post:
Obama proposes college-rating system that could increase affordability
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
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:
Pricing Problem Suspends Nasdaq for Three Hours
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
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.
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: The Week and Vox Popoli
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Boehner ups the ante for a budget showdown in September  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told House Republicans on Thursday that he wants to push through a temporary spending measure that incorporates automatic cuts, upping the ante for a September budget showdown.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Josh Peterson / The Daily Caller:
Sources: Koch Industries not buying LA Times, Chicago Tribune  —  Koch Industries will not be buying the Tribune Company's eight newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times, The Daily Caller has learned.  —  Sources with knowledge of the business proceedings told …
The Atlantic Wire:
Some Newly Uncovered Nixon Comments on the Subjects of Jews and Black People  —  Richard Nixon was like many a Millennial (or middle-aged politician) who's gotten busted for sending racy emails or sexts — even though he knew everything he was saying would be archived forever, he still said really inappropriate things.
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Court strikes down Arizona law defunding Planned Parenthood
Chris Carroll / Stars & Stripes:
Army, Navy target top brass, headquarters spending in latest cuts
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Jeff Jarvis / Guardian:
As a Democrat, I am disgusted with President Obama
Discussion: alicublog, VodkaPundit and Ed Driscoll
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Sparks fly after Sen. Marble's ‘chicken’ comment in poverty hearing