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1:50 PM ET, August 24, 2013

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Siobhan Gorman / Washington Wire:
NSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love Interests  —  WASHINGTON—National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.  —  The practice isn't frequent — one official estimated a handful …
Associated Press:
US FORCES MOVE CLOSER TO SYRIA AS OPTIONS WEIGHED  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.  The president emphasized that a quick intervention …
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RT:
Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident - Russia
Allan Fallow / blog.aarp.org:
Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Battle With Parkinson's Disease  —  Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can't sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson's disease.  Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago.
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FILNER RESIGNS, EXIT DEAL OK'D  —  Bob Filner announced his resignation Friday as San Diego's 35th mayor following a tumultuous six weeks in which lurid allegations of repeated sexual misconduct against women crippled his ability to lead and turned him into a subject of national ridicule.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New Jersey Senate Candidate To Single Mothers: Stop Relying On Food Stamps And Go To Work!  —  New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R) told MSNBC's Steve Kornacki on Saturday that single mothers don't need to rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps …
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
France cannot take any more taxes, government admits  —  France's Socialist government has admitted that the country cannot cope with any further tax rises and promised no more hikes just days ahead of the country's largest ever tax bill.  —  President François Hollande has enacted …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Vox Popoli and Hot Air
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Why Steve Ballmer Failed  —  The resignation of Microsoft's CEO is also an acknowledgement: The computer world changed, and Microsoft hasn't.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a thunderous leader who presided over a deadly quiet decade for the tech giant, announced he will retire within the next year.
Discussion: VodkaPundit, NBCNews and Mashable
Chris Good / ABC News:
50 Years Later: March on Washington Today Honors King … American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, lead a march down the center of a street in the 1960s.  —  Getty Images  —  Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington …
Discussion: Politico
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
The Suit in the Newsroom  —  An unusual Times executive— for unusual times.  —  When Mark Thompson, a former director general at the BBC, was appointed president and CEO of the New York Times Company, the reaction inside the company was a mix of relief and apprehension.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Bradley Manning Is Not a Woman  —  Dennis Avner was not a tiger, and Bradley Manning is not a woman.  Mr. Manning, who upon his sentencing for his role in the WikiLeaks case announced that he desires to live out his days as a woman called Chelsea, is what he is, and no amount of pronoun play …
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Decision on Keystone in danger of being delayed until 2014  —  The State Department's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is in danger of being pushed into 2014.  —  State's internal watchdog on Friday said it won't complete until January a review of allegations that the department hired …
Discussion: DeSmogBlog and Weekly Standard
Associated Press:
MILITARY JURY CONVICTS SOLDIER IN FORT HOOD ATTACK  —  You are here  —  Home » Nidal Malik Hasan » Military jury convicts soldier in Fort Hood attack  —  FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military jury on Friday convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood …
Daily Mail:
‘Paula Deen SHOOTS Trayvon Martin’ in new SVU that wraps both scandals into one controversial episode... and Cybill Shepard plays gun-wielding TV chef  — Cybill Shepard plays Jolene Castille, a famous southern chef who guns down an unarmed, hoodie-wearing black teen in New York
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Mark Bowden / Reuters:
What Snowden and Manning Don't Understand About Secrecy
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Private School in Bryant Arms Teacher and Staff
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
NIH Director On Sequestration: ‘God Help Us If We Get A Worldwide Pandemic’
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Blake Neff / The Hill:
Obama joined by Biden in Scranton to close out two-day college tour
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Chicago Business:
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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Stop Defending the NCAA