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12:30 PM ET, August 23, 2013

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Dylan Wohlenhaus / KHQ-TV:
BREAKING UPDATE: One Suspect In Custody After WWII Veteran Beaten To Death  —  BREAKING NEWS: Major crimes investigators have just confirmed that one teenager has been arrested in the beating death of WWII veteran Delbert Belton.  One suspect remains on the loose.  Charges of 1st degree murder and 1st degree robbery pending.
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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.
CNN:
WWII vet Delbert Benton, 88, beaten to death by teens in Spokane, Washington  —  (CNN) — An 88-year-old World War II veteran was brutally beaten and left for dead by two teens outside a lounge in Spokane, Washington, where he loved to go play pool.  —  The motive?  Police don't have one.
CNN:
Transcript of President Obama's interview on “New Day”  —  (CNN) — OBAMA: All right.  We're ready?  OK.  —  CUOMO: All right.  Let's begin with why you're here in Syracuse, why you're doing this particular bus tour what do you believe you can do to help lower the cost of college …
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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.”
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Suggests Lame-Duck Congress Take Tips From ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself  —  The NSA whistleblower says: ‘I have never spoken with, worked with, or provided any journalistic materials to the Independent’  —  (Updated below)  —  The Independent this morning published an article - which it repeatedly claims comes from …
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The Independent:
Exclusive: UK's secret Mid-East internet surveillance base is revealed in Edward Snowden leaks  —  Data-gathering operation is part of a £1bn web project still being assembled by GCHQ  —  Britain runs a secret internet-monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept and process vast quantities …
TMZ.com:
George Zimmerman Shops For Tactical Shotgun  —  SHOPS FOR TACTICAL SHOTGUN  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  George Zimmerman was on the hunt today — for a shotgun ... TMZ has learned.  —  Zimmerman went to Kel-Tec in Cocoa, Florida ... a gun manufacturing company.  We're told he was asking questions …
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: Hot Air
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Obama's higher ed plan — a power grab, not a shake-up
Associated Press:
What Does Obama Want to Do With College Costs?
Discussion: CNN
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A New Strategy to Take on ObamaCare  —  A coalition of conservatives believes that ‘delay’ is more likely to succeed than ‘defund.’  —  The Republicans determined to defund ObamaCare are getting a little competition in the ideas department.  Maybe there's hope for progress against the president's health-care law after all.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Boehner ups the ante for a budget showdown in September
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies  —  • Top-secret files show first evidence of financial relationship  —  • Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA  —  • Costs were incurred after 2011 Fisa court ruling
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Ben Affleck Is the New Batman  —  VIEW GALLERY … Ben Affleck is Batman.  —  The actor will replace Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman feature for Warner Bros., the studio announced Thursday.  —  Affleck becomes the eighth actor to play the Caped Crusader …
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Economy — We've Fallen And Can't Get Up  —  Economy: Household incomes are still down 4.4% since the recession ended four years ago.  Meanwhile, the unemployment picture may be even worse than we think.  The Obama “recovery” continues to impress.  —  According to a report released …
Discussion: Power Line
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Can Hillary Clinton Survive Benghazi?  —  Well, sure: she's a Democrat.  That's the easy, cynical response, and let's face it-it's probably right.  Still, by any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle.  Four men, including one of her own ambassadors …
Discussion: National Review
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Bill and Hillary's Hamptons Holiday
James Andrew Miller / New York Times:
N.F.L. Pressure Said to Lead ESPN to Quit Film Project  —  Pressure from the National Football League led to ESPN's decision on Thursday to pull out of an investigative project with “Frontline” regarding head injuries in the N.F.L., according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Media wrestles with how to refer to Manning  —  Is he or isn't he a he?  —  The news media wrestled with pronouns Thursday after Bradley Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking military secrets, declared that he is a woman and intends to seek hormone treatment to complete his gender transition.
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
DHS employee spends spare time promoting race war against ‘whites’  —  Shown here is an image from the War on the Horizon website.  —  A Department of Homeland Security manager in charge of buying weapons and ammunition for the government is, on the side, running an inflammatory website …
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
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Sen. Barbara Boxer Urges Russian President To Repeal Anti-LGBT Laws  —  “I cannot stay silent while your country works to put in place deeply discriminatory laws and policies undermining the rights of LGBT individuals,” the California senator writes to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.
Peggy Fikac / Texas on the Potomac:
Ted Cruz: ‘I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopia’  —  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz poked fun at the flap over his citizenship at an appearance Thursday at National Instruments in Austin.  —  Cruz, who was born in Canada to a U.S.-born mom and Cuban father, said this week he'll renounce his Canadian citizenship …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and The Raw Story
Hoover Institution:
The Shame of Syria  —  by Fouad Ajami (Herbert and Jane Dwight Senior Fellow and cochair, Working Group on Islamism and the International Order)  —  The country's refugees bear the cost of Obama's moral and political evasions.  —  In early June, I traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan and to Istanbul.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The choice in Egypt  —  Egypt today is a zero-sum game.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Kentucky Health Workers Pitch Obamacare At State Fair Alongside Corn Dogs, Fried Kool-Aid
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonkblog
Pew Research Center:
Younger Republicans think more diverse nominees would help GOP win
Discussion: The Fix and Taegan Goddard's …
Eric H. Holder Jr / Washington Post:
Defendants' legal rights undermined by budget cuts
Discussion: Business Insider and The Hill
Ryan Lenz / Hatewatch:
White Supremacists Making Bid to Take Over North Dakota Town
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Assad Calls Obama's Bluff
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Bloomberg:
Amazon Is Said to Have Tested a Wireless Network
Discussion: The Verge and Mashable
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Preparing to be ‘empty nesters,’ the Obamas turn to Sunny
Discussion: Politico
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama: Syria Attack a ‘Big Event of Grave Concern’
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Molly Redden / The New Republic:
Scott Walker's Sand Grab: Wisconsin Wants a Piece of the Fracking Boom, No Matter Who Gets Hurt
David Koenig / Associated Press:
UPS to End Health Coverage for Some Spouses
 

 
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