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9:25 PM ET, August 11, 2014


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Hollywood Reporter:
Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide  —  The Oscar-winning actor and comedian was 63  —  Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif.  —  The full statement is below. … Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter …
Los Angeles Times:
Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide  —  Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed.  —  Around 11:55 a.m. Monday, sheriff's officials said, a 911 call came in about a man who was unresponsive in his home in Tiburon.
Nicole Sperling / Inside Movies:
Robin Williams dead at 63  —  Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63.  While his publicist wouldn't confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement.  “Robin Williams passed away this morning.  He has been battling severe depression of late.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama seeks Iraq regime change  —  The White House on Monday took new diplomatic steps to force Iraq's prime minister from power as it looked for ways to stop fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from gaining a deeper foothold in the country.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and his vorpal sword
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Bombs Over Erbil  —  It was an applause line during almost …
Discussion: Western Journalism and TPNN
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US to directly arm Kurdish peshmerga forces in bid to thwart Isis offensive
Philip Ewing / Politico:
A promise on the verge of collapse
Discussion: ABC News
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Obama hails ‘promising step forward’ as Iraq names new prime minister - live
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Iraqi Shi'ite coalition close to nominating prime minister
Discussion: Power Line, Bloomberg and TalkLeft
Washington Post:
U.S. sending weapons directly to Kurdish forces, officials say
Discussion: Hot Air, Hullabaloo and The Week
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama's Immigration Plan Should Scare Liberals, Too  —  Crossing a Rubicon of presidential authority.  —  Shares  —  The Obama years have taught us the sometimes frightening lesson that our Constitution and legal structure alone don't secure the Republic.
Mike Allen / Politico:
EXCLUSIVE: “MEET THE PRESS” plans to announce new moderator soon: CHUCK TODD is the favorite - BACKSTORY on Hillary interview with Jeffrey Goldberg - B'DAYS: Rob O'Donnell, Sam Myers Jr.  —  SIREN: Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of …
Juliana Valencia / WCTI-TV:
Customer finds Nazi symbol on her chicken sandwich  —  MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY -  —  A Carteret County mother makes a shocking discovery when she goes to eat her chicken sandwich from a McDonald's drive-thru in Morehead City.  That customer, Charleigh Matice, said when she went …
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Pay Black Staffers 30% Less  —  Campaign staffers who are people of color routinely get paid less than their white counterparts, and are often given less glamorous jobs.  How an antiquated understanding of race relations results in minority staffers getting the short shrift.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Ronan Farrow: ‘My White Mother Had Black Motheritis’  —  MSNBC host Ronan Farrow understands the enormously disparate scrutiny faced by black men for their public appearance or behavior because his mother, actress Mia Farrow, has an adoptive black son.  —  During a Monday afternoon segment discussing …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
String of same-sex marriage rulings broken  —  For the first time in nearly fourteen months, a state's ban on same-sex marriage has withstood a constitutional challenge in court.  A state judge in Tennessee ruled last week that “neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“The Enthusiasm Gap was Taken to the Woodshed”  —  Regular readers might guess this excerpt from a Chris Cillizza post is sweet music to my ears: … The 2012 numbers show an “enthusiasm gap” favoring Republicans similar to that being shown by similar polls today.
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
More Than a Dozen Pulitzer Winners Call on the Justice Dept to End its Pursuit of James Risen  —  Today, fourteen Pulitzer Prize winners have issued statements in support of journalist James Risen and in protest of the Justice Department's attempt to force Risen to testify against his sources.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Intel Chief Blasts Obama  —  As the world watches the strengthening of global jihadist movements - from ISIS to al Qaeda to dozens of affiliated and like-minded groups - one of those inside the U.S. government who was most vocal about the growing threats is leaving his position.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
James O'Keefe Is Getting Desperate as Hell, Part MCMXVII  —  “I just returned from the border with shocking new video—video that will outrage you,” James O'Keefe III writes.  “I dressed up like Osama bin Laden and crossed the Rio Grande river from Mexico to the United States.”
Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
The Right-Wing Press' New Climate Change Lie  —  No, global warming is not on “hiatus”  —  Norman Loeb, an atmospheric scientist with NASA, gave a crash course in climate change science for the public at Virginia Air and Space Center on Tuesday.  He talked about all the evidence that the planet is warming …
Tom Dougherty / Practical Politicking:
Is the Tea Party Express Just a Fundraising Scam?  —  $9.5 million raised, at a cost of $8 million, with less than $400,000 going to candidates.  —  What would you consider a charity that raised almost $10 million, but actually used less than 5% of that total on its mission and programs?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Abbe R. Gluck / Politico:
Another Hole in the Halbig Verdict  —  It is no secret that the people bringing the challenge to the Obamacare subsidies in the Halbig and King cases—challenges now seeking review from both the full D.C. federal appellate bench and the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appellate courts …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
97 Year-Old Woman Denied The Right To Vote Because Of Voter ID  —  “97 Year-Old Woman Denied The Right To Vote Because Of Voter ID” Share:  —  Last Tuesday, Beth Hiller, a 97 year-old nursing home resident from Topeka, Kansas, boarded a shuttle along with several other residents of the nursing home's health care unit.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Jezebel
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Rift in Worldviews Is Exposed as Clinton Attacks Obama Policy  —  For the 19 months since Hillary Rodham Clinton departed as President Obama's secretary of state, she and Mr. Obama, and their staffs, have labored to preserve a veneer of unity over how they worked together and how they view the world.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
DEA IMPROPERLY PAID $854,460 FOR PASSENGER LISTS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Iraq crisis: ‘It is death valley.  Up to 70 per cent of them are dead’  —  On board Iraqi army helicopter delivering aid to the trapped Yazidis, Jonathan Krohn sees a hellish sight  —  By Jonathan Krohn, aboard an Iraqi Army helicopter on Mount Sinjar  —  Mount Sinjar stinks of death.
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