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8:55 AM ET, August 23, 2013

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Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Obama tells CNN key decisions nearing on Syria, Egypt  —  (CNN) — The time is nearing for a potentially definitive U.S. response to alleged Syrian government atrocities and an increasingly violent military crackdown in Egypt, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview broadcast Friday on CNN's “New Day.”
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Preparing to be ‘empty nesters,’ the Obamas turn to Sunny  —  (CNN) - Even the leader of the free world can't make time stop.  And just like every other parent, President Barack Obama is being forced to watch his children grow up.  His two daughters, Sasha and Malia, are still years away …
Discussion: Politico
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama: Syria Attack a ‘Big Event of Grave Concern’  —  President Barack Obama is calling a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria “big event of grave concern.”  —  Obama says the U.S. is still seeking confirmation that toxic gases were used in Syria.  But he says such actions are …
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
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
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 …
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Richard Vedder / Bloomberg:
College Costs Will Keep Rising Under Obama Plan
Discussion: NPR
Associated Press:
What Does Obama Want to Do With College Costs?
Discussion: CNN
Rob Kauder / KXLY-TV:
WWII vet, beaten by teens outside Eagles Lodge, dies  —  Author: Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist, ianc@kxly.com  —  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.
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 …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Coburn: Obama ‘perilously close’ to impeachment
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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 …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
U.S. sues Texas over voter ID (FURTHER UPDATED)  —  FURTHER UPDATE 4:35 p.m. The text of the motion to intervene in the San Antonio redistricting case is here.  The legal complaint of the United States as intervenor is here.  —  UPDATE 4:05 p.m. The text of the new lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law is here.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department to File New Lawsuit Against State of Texas Over Voter I.D. Law
Justin Snow / Poliglot:
New Mexico Supreme Court rules photographer cannot deny services to same-sex couple
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Dems watch as Christie rolls  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made little secret that he wants a resounding win in his reelection this year as a show of strength for his all-but-assumed 2016 presidential candidacy.  —  And Democrats appear perfectly willing to comply.
Discussion: CNN and msnbc.com
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 …
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.
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
Susan Donaldson James / ABC News:
Bradley Manning, Now Chelsea, Denied Hormones in Prison … U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial, Aug. 20, 2013; Manning poses wearing a wig and lipstick in a handout photo provided by the U.S. Army.
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Business Insider
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Ryan Kearney / The New Republic:
He Is Not Bradley Manning. She Is Chelsea Manning. Deal With It.
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.
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House to hold roundtable on bisexual issues
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Al Gore isn't even honest about his own movie.  —  In case you've forgotten, “Al Gore was vice president of the United States from 1993-2001.”  The Washington Post's Ezra Klein delivers that news in setting up an interview with Gore, who is known these days mostly as an alarmist advocate of global warmism.
Amber Coulter / TheNewsEnterprise.com:
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 …
 
 
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Jeff Thompson / KGW-TV:
Cabbie loses permit after kicking out gay couple
Peggy Fikac / Texas on the Potomac:
Ted Cruz: ‘I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopia’
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
TMZ.com:
George Zimmerman Shops For Tactical Shotgun
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Colorlines
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul gains strength in Republican debate over aid to Egypt
Discussion: CNN
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
American Tells of Odyssey as Prisoner of Syrian Rebels
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
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Court strikes down Arizona law defunding Planned Parenthood
Jeff Jarvis / Guardian:
As a Democrat, I am disgusted with President Obama
Discussion: alicublog, VodkaPundit and Ed Driscoll
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’
Discussion: The Week and Vox Popoli
KNSD-TV:
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign
 

 
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Paramount CFO Naveen Chopra says the company expects to take about a $1B charge in Q1 due to ongoing programming shifts and previously announced layoffs

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance and Disney merge their media businesses in India, creating the country's largest media conglomerate; Reliance values it at $8.5B and will invest $1.4B

Yiwen Lu / New York Times:
Raw Story, AlterNet, and, in a separate case, The Intercept sue OpenAI in a NY federal court for copyright infringement; The Intercept is also suing Microsoft

 
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