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7:10 AM ET, August 23, 2013


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David Koenig / Associated Press:
UPS to End Health Coverage for Some Spouses  —  United Parcel Service Inc. is ending health-insurance benefits for U.S. nonunion employees' spouses who can get coverage elsewhere.  It blames the change on the new health-care law.  —  UPS estimates that 15,000 of the 33,000 spouses it covers …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Do Have Ideas for Health Care
Tamara Lush / Associated Press:
Meetings, rallies over health care law in Tampa
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Finally Announce Alternative To Obamacare: Just Go To The Emergency Room
Richard Vedder / Bloomberg:
College Costs Will Keep Rising Under Obama Plan  —  Colleges' exploitation of young Americans through rapidly rising and increasingly exorbitant fees is a national scandal that can no longer be ignored.  In his college tour this week, President Barack Obama is speaking at length about what he intends …
Discussion: NPR
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Obama's higher ed plan — a power grab, not a shake-up  —  President Obama has announced a plan that he claims will make “college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.”  The key elements of his plan are (1) a federal college-rating system …
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and Wonkblog
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Obama phones Georgia school employee in hostage ordeal  —  President Obama phoned a Georgia elementary school bookkeeper who talked a 20-year-old armed with an AK-47 assault rifle into surrendering, according to the White House.  —  Antoinette Tuff, who has worked for the DeKalb County school district …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House to hold roundtable on bisexual issues
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Coburn: Obama ‘perilously close’ to impeachment
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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:
Susan Donaldson James / ABC News:
Bradley Manning, Now Chelsea, Denied Hormones in Prison
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Business Insider
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
Amber Coulter /
Theater owner won't show ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler'  —  Boutwell has policy against showing Fonda movies  —  Last weekend's top movie for ticket sales isn't coming to Hardin County.  —  Lee Daniels' The Butler" brought in an estimated $25 million on its opening weekend with its portrayal of Cecil Gaines …
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: National Review
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
Pricing Problem Suspends Nasdaq for Three Hours  —  The United States stock market showed again on Thursday that it remained vulnerable to technological breakdowns even as regulators and market operators work to keep up with trading that is increasingly electronic and driven by speed.
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
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
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
This Age of Bubbles  —  So, another BRIC hits the wall.  Actually, I've never much liked the whole “BRIC” — Brazil, Russia, India, and China — concept: Russia, which is basically a petro-economy, doesn't belong there at all, and there are large differences among the other three.
Rob Kauder / KXLY-TV:
WWII vet, beaten by teens outside Eagles Lodge, dies  —  Author: Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist,  —  WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy and Weasel Zippers
Jeff Jarvis / Guardian:
As a Democrat, I am disgusted with President Obama  —  I voted for Obama reluctantly, but never did I imagine he would become another Richard Nixon  —  What are you thinking, Mr President?  —  Is this really the legacy you want for yourself: the chief executive who trampled rights …
Discussion: alicublog, VodkaPundit and Ed Driscoll
Fox News:
Newly confirmed UN ambassador absent from Syria emergency meeting  —  Samantha Power, America's new ambassador to the United Nations, skipped a major Security Council meeting Wednesday on the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, a move that drew sharp criticism considering …
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Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
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Molly Redden / The New Republic:
Scott Walker's Sand Grab: Wisconsin Wants a Piece of the Fracking Boom, No Matter Who Gets Hurt
The Independent:
Exclusive: UK's secret Middle East internet surveillance base revealed in Edward Snowden leaks
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Administration Considers Plan to Bolster Mexico's Southern Border
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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: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Atlantic Wire:
Some Newly Uncovered Nixon Comments on the Subjects of Jews and Black People
Matt McGrath / BBC:
Fukushima leak is ‘much worse than we were led to believe’
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