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2:20 PM ET, August 12, 2014


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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ‘Horsesh*t’  —  Hillary Clinton and Congressmen alike have called on Obama to arm Syria's rebels.  But the President fumed at lawmakers in a private meeting for suggesting he should've done more.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
David Axelrod swipes at Hillary Clinton over Iraq  —  David Axelrod, the longtime top adviser to President Barack Obama, has taken to Twitter to slam Hillary Clinton in the wake of her comments rejecting the core of the Obama administration's self-described foreign policy principle.
Discussion: National Review
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
When Obama Beat Hillary, We All Lost
Discussion: Instapundit and Booman Tribune
Jim Acosta / CNN:
After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Joe Concha / Mediaite:
Concha: From ISIS to Health Care, Hillary's Media Allies Rewriting History
Discussion: Hot Air, and Politico
Trymaine Lee /
Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend's death  —  FERGUSON, Missouri — The last moments of Michael Brown's life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Robin Williams Lived Intensely  —  Robin Williams is dead at 63.  The comedian carried insecurity and self-doubt with contagious intensity.  He was so grandiose and wild that it would've irritated audiences to their cores had his eyes not betrayed an insatiable melancholy, imploring, please, I just want to be liked.
Discussion: Guardian, CNN and The Daily Banter
A. O. Scott / New York Times:
Robin Williams, an Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment  —  Some years ago, at a party at the Cannes Film Festival, I was leaning against a rail watching a fireworks display when I heard a familiar voice behind me.  Or rather, at least a dozen voices, punctuating …
Steve Martin / Fox News:
Robin Williams dead at 63 in suspected suicide
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Was an Accusation of Plagiarism Really a Political Attack?  —  There aren't too many worse things you can suggest about an author than that his or her work is plagiarized.  It's the book-world equivalent of spreading the word that a financial adviser has cooked the books or that the parish priest has designs on the altar boys.
Arthur Macmillan / Agence France-Presse:
Iran congratulates Iraq's PM pick, snubs Maliki AFP 1 hr ago  —  Tehran (AFP) - Iran officially ended its long-time allegiance to Iraq's sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday, swinging its support behind newly designated premier Haidar al-Abadi in a congratulatory message.
New York Times:
Times Reporter Is Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash  —  ERBIL, Iraq — A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq's Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Gregory's flight to nowhere  —  David Gregory wasn't supposed to host “Meet The Press” on Sunday.  He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple.
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's standing among voters is hurting Democrats, poll finds  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama's Immigration Plan Should Scare Liberals, Too
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary  —  Technical information: (202) 691-5870  • Media contact: (202) 691-5902  JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER - JUNE 2014  —  There were 4.7 million job openings on the last business day of June, little changed from 4.6 million in May …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Koch-linked group cancels Michigan ads  —  A powerfully funded group backed by the conservative Koch brothers has canceled over a million dollars' worth of Michigan ads for the month of August, according to sources tracking the 2014 air war.  —  Freedom Partners, which had booked …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Dana Milbank: Obama vacations as the world burns  —  President Obama must really be teed off.  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid.  —  Dana Milbank writes about political theater in the nation's capital.
Discussion: Althouse
Rick Manning / The Hill:
More lost emails — When will Democrats have enough?  —  Twenty different Obama administration officials have lost or destroyed a portion of their email traffic.  Email traffic that was, in some cases, under subpoena or in others requested as part of a larger inquiry into the conduct of the executive branch.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
King, Roberts get testy over Iraq  —  Rep. Peter King on Tuesday got involved in a testy exchange with MSNBC host Thomas Roberts while calling for greater U.S. military involvement in Iraq.  —  The New York Republican criticized President Barack Obama for his handling of the situation …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Might Be Why Americans Hate Congress
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Peter Wood / Minding The Campus:
Campus Activism: the Fight for Imaginary Victories
Discussion: National Review
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama expects Supreme Court vacancies
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sulome Anderson / The Atlantic Online:
The Atlantic Grows Single Copy Sales 28% in First Half of 2014, Hits Record Audience at
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Adam C. Smith /
Who is that on anti-Charlie Crist robocall? Charlie Crist
Discussion: RedState
Mike Brown / The Root:
IfTheyGunnedMeDown Shows How Black People Are Portrayed in Mainstream Media
Robert Wilonsky / Crime Blog:
Man arrested in Far North Dallas shooting faces 7 counts of aggravated assault on public servant
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
ObamaCare premiums slated to rise by an average of 7.5 percent
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Gossum / WBKO-TV:
Sen. Rand Paul Responds to Flip-Flopping Criticism
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Richard Cohen / Investor's Business Daily:
America's Left Slides Down A Slippery Slope In Iraq
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
GOP gets hip with Uber
Discussion: RedState
Jelani Cobb / New York Times:
Can the G.O.P. Ever Attract Black Voters?
Julia Lurie / The Atlantic Online:
Why Bottled Water Comes From California, Which Can't Spare Much
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Colleen Hanabusa cites ‘irregularities’ in Hawaii vote