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8:40 AM ET, August 24, 2013

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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.
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Ben Smith:
New York Times And Guardian Will Publish More Snowden Revelations  —  “A climate of intense pressure.”  —  Brad Barket / Getty Images  —  The New York Times is in the Snowden game.  —  The paper — which NSA leaker Edward Snowden deliberately avoided over his fear that it would cooperate …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files  —  Some of Edward Snowden cache shared with US paper after ‘climate of intense pressure’ from UK government  —  The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache …
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 …
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Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Report: NSA paid tech companies to comply with surveillance
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's black crime obsession  —  There are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it!  So is Drudge Report.  Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving badly.  —  This isn't a particularly new phenomenon …
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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
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 …
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Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:   Hasan Found Guilty in Fort Hood Shooting
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama: Law School Should Be Two Years, Not Three  —  “This is probably controversial to say, but, what the heck, I'm in my second term, so I can say it.”  —  Jacquelyn Martin / AP  —  BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — President Barack Obama told a town hall crowd in Binghamton, New York …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Says Law School Should Be 2 Years, Not 3
Discussion: CNN and ProfessorBainbridge.com
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama talks race relations in Binghamton
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Filner steps down in deal with San Diego city council  —  San Diego Mayor Bob Filner stepped down on Friday after the City Council voted to accept his resignation as part of a settlement deal concerning the embattled mayor's future.  —  Eighteen women have so far accused the Democratic mayor …
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Washington Free Beacon:
Filner Resigns, Plays the Victim  —  San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pointed fingers at the “media and their political agents” for executing a “political coup” to oust him from office following allegations of sexual misconduct Friday in his resignation speech.  —  Filner acknowledged he provided the …
Rush Limbaugh:
Irrelevant?  Obama Declares Your Host His #1 Obstacle as EIB Inks Deal with Cumulus, Gets New Station in the Big Apple  —  RUSH: So I got in here at the usual time after working very early this morning, late into last night on show prep and stuff, and at about ten o'clock I get an e-mail …
Fox News:
Found: Samantha Power in Ireland during urgent Syria meeting, sources say  —  Mystery solved.  America's ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was in Ireland on a personal trip when she missed an emergency meeting on the alleged chemical gas attack in Syria, U.N. sources tell Fox News.
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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.
Discussion: EW.com and KTLA 5
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: Vox Popoli and Hot Air
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
NIH Director On Sequestration: ‘God Help Us If We Get A Worldwide Pandemic’  —  BETHESDA, Md. — In his first-floor office in the main building of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the institutes, has hung a series of framed pictures.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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 …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Al Gore and ‘Category 6 hurricanes’  —  On Wednesday, I published an interview with Al Gore in which he mentioned that the scientific community was beginning to consider Category 6 hurricanes.  The line has attracted some criticism because there are no official plans to add a sixth category to the 1-5 scale.
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Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
It's not Easy Being Gore: Media Creates A Category 6 Tempest In A Teapot
 
 
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Mark Bowden / Reuters:
What Snowden and Manning Don't Understand About Secrecy
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Decision on Keystone in danger of being delayed until 2014
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Dr. David / ArkansasMatters.com:
Private School in Bryant Arms Teacher and Staff
RT:
Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident - Russia
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Obama joined by Biden in Scranton to close out two-day college tour
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
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