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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.
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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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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Preparing to be ‘empty nesters,’ the Obamas turn to Sunny
Discussion: Politico
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Suggests Lame-Duck Congress Take Tips From ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
Associated Press:
What Does Obama Want to Do With College Costs?
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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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
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Assad Calls Obama's Bluff  —  The timing was probably not a coincidence, falling as it did on two anniversaries.  August 18, 2011, was when President Obama first demanded Syrian president Bashar al-Assad step aside, and August 20 last year was when Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons would “change my calculus.”
Discussion: Power Line, Fox News and Israel Matzav
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Mark Mardell / BBC:
A year ago President Barack Obama gave a speech saying …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama: Syria Attack a ‘Big Event of Grave Concern’
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Paul Cullen / The Irish Times:
First abortion carried out under new legislation  —  National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street terminated unviable pregnancy at 18 weeks  —  The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street is one of 25 hospitals in the State authorised to carry out terminations under the provisions of the Act.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Amazon Is Said to Have Tested a Wireless Network  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has tested a new wireless network that would allow customers to connect its devices to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  The wireless network, which was tested in Cupertino …
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
 
 
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Eric H. Holder Jr / Washington Post:
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Ted Cruz: ‘I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopia’
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul gains strength in Republican debate over aid to Egypt
Discussion: CNN
Molly Redden / The New Republic:
Scott Walker's Sand Grab: Wisconsin Wants a Piece of the Fracking Boom, No Matter Who Gets Hurt
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